Let’s see some advice on how to perform a volleyball riser. The role of the lifter is fundamental because it sets the game and serves the ball (often on the second touch of the three available) to a crusher to finalize the action. A perfect lift requires precision, speed and a sense of proportion, so let’s see how to perform a volleyball lift in more detail.
How to perform a volleyball riser: the first rudiments
For practice, make yourself comfortable: a long jumpsuit or pair of short trousers will be perfect, along with a shirt that lets you move freely around your shoulders and arms. Don’t forget your knee pads: sometimes you may have to kneel down to save or pick up a ball and raise it with your hands, even when bagging is not possible. Trainers, on the other hand, must have a good grip and allow you to move easily both forward and backward and laterally.
Eyes always on the ball
Never lose sight of the ball, your gaze must be turned towards it: if the receiver is not accurate, you will have to move from the position where you are waiting for the pass to perform your riser correctly. When you move towards the ball, position yourself as if it were coming to your head.
How to perform a volleyball riser: arm position
Hands should be above and in front of the face, with elbows slightly bent. Hands should be close enough to define the shape of the balloon and ‘frame’ it as if we were looking at it from a window or a photographic lens. Approximately a distance of 5/7 centimeters between inches and indices is correct.
When the ball arrives, all fingers should touch it at the same time, pushing with their wrists and legs, with straight knees. The wrists play a key role because in addition to acting on the strength of the dribble and the height that will reach, affect the direction.
The arms, on the other hand, can also not stretch out completely, unless we need a very high dribble. The ball should never be held, otherwise the referee whistles the foul.
After raising it is good to make sure that the crusher has the right space for any chase and jump, so sometimes it may be necessary to move, especially when the ball does not go exactly where we decided!
Rotating the ball
The rotation that the ball takes after the riser is essential to understand the quality of the touch, under penalty of foul. If the ball rotates on itself after the riser, it is obvious that the fingers have not all hit it at the same time and the referee will whistle the foul.
Otherwise, if the ball continues a trajectory without rotating on itself, in a linear and homogeneous way, the touch of the fingers is substantially correct.
Exercises: how to perform a volleyball riser
Sit on the ground, legs crossed and from a sitting position bring your arms up: a partner will throw the ball on your head. Try to lift it up towards him and repeat the exercise about twenty times.
Against a high wall, in an upright position, lift against the wall so that the ball goes back to you. Try to vary the height of your shot to become more precise: make sure you use your leg strength and wrist movement to direct the ball correctly.