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How to Play Volleyball : How to Spike a Volleyball

Hey, my name is Addison from Captain Bills
and I’m going to teach you how to spike a volleyball. Spiking a volleyball is probably
the most fun part of volleyball. For me, anyway. Spiking a volleyball, I am right handed, so
I take a two step approach leading with my right foot. If you’re left handed you may
want to start with your left foot. So what I do is I take a right left approach. So I
start with my right foot, so right, left, bend my knees, squat down, put my arms out
behind me with my palms facing up, and then when I’m ready to jump, I jump straight up,
not out, you want to jump straight up so use your arms to lift you up off the ground as
high as you can. You want to lead with your left arm so that you can get a better control
on the ball. So lead with your left arm, bring your other right arm, your hitting arm back,
leave with your elbow, open your hand, and follow through hitting the ball. When you
spike a ball, you want to spike the ball on the heel of your hand to the palm of your
hand. So, bend all the way down, palms facing up, arms behind you, lift up with your arms,
lead with your left hand, bring your right hand back, or your hitting hand back, leave
with your elbow, and hand facing is open, facing the ball, and hit the ball down. Following
through. Put all those steps together, you can spike a volleyball. And that’s how you
spike the volleyball.

David Frank



  1. D1aau Posted on April 27, 2009 at 9:06 am

    It's even more important to put topspin on the ball when playing on the beach cause you don't jump as high, which gives you a less direct angle between where you spike the ball and the court, making fundamentals more important.

    Unless the goal of beach is to try rip the shit out of it off your palm and float the ball into the ocean?

  2. Josh P Posted on May 15, 2009 at 1:26 am

    expert village, they aren't experts at all

  3. D1aau Posted on June 4, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Not on sand I can't….

  4. iluvcookiedo Posted on June 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    i am playing volleyball on sand for the first time and i am so excited. my coach told me that it really hurts your calves though, but when you get back on the courts you jump through the ceiling.

  5. Eddie Inzauto Posted on June 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Were you taught indoors? This guy's specifically talking about spiking from the sand.

  6. Reh Beck Posted on June 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    that at th lest is not how you spike in indoor volleyball.

  7. iluvcookiedo Posted on June 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    yeah i know what your saying. haha. u and my coach were right. =]

  8. cassybby8 Posted on June 15, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    this really helped! thank you(: (:

  9. 4ty5 Posted on June 18, 2009 at 11:40 am

    suprisingly it was helpful!

  10. Adam Hill Posted on June 19, 2009 at 7:19 am

    wen u have your arm leading 4 the spike, its called the bow and arrow technique, also you should recoil your arm, otherwise for a cognitive or learner volleyballer they would hit the net

  11. Enigma793 Posted on July 3, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Four steps? I don't think so buddy…

  12. batteries23 Posted on July 12, 2009 at 12:17 am

    i hit with my right hand too so i used to start my aproach with my RIGHT foot but my coach taught us all to start with (left right left) :// but it works anyway and i got used to it 😀

  13. SuburbianKnights Posted on July 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    OMG I am wicked tall and i am expected to serve I gotta learn!

  14. Coco Kiss Posted on July 28, 2009 at 5:43 am

    also if youre really short like me, you have to learn to jump high because the net is high if youre playing in middle or high school.

  15. BuddyLIM Posted on August 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    you gotta flick ur wrist like a gay guy would do.

  16. Denisha Lillie Posted on August 19, 2009 at 7:02 am

    lol yeah. don't forget to flick the wrist

  17. Jennifer Ezuruike Posted on August 25, 2009 at 12:43 am

    i need to learn dis stuff cause i hav volleyball practice at my shool and i need all the help i can get! 😛

  18. Jennifer Ezuruike Posted on August 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

    wow! that was a good spike 🙂

  19. Mary Sultana Posted on August 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

    thats the simple way but it works i did it as a beginner now i do the more complicated way

  20. zaja zaki Posted on September 6, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    U should ask MIljkovic how to spike.:D

  21. Mixx1290 Posted on September 18, 2009 at 7:05 am

    One thing he doesn't mention that I was taught was to snap your wrist when contacting the ball and follow through. This makes the ball go down faster and at a steeper angle making harder to dig up. And when he spikes it it looks like he snaps his wrist.

  22. David Hildebrand Posted on September 21, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Why does everybody feel the need to tell the youtube community how good they are at sports?

  23. chicken8wings Posted on October 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    okay what, i was taught the 3 and 4 step approach. the 3 is usually when you're a middle or when you are too close to the ball. a four is when you're the outside hitter and the first step is just to help you lean forward. 2 step approach is like when the ball is right above you but that shouldn't happen if you want a good spike.

  24. Nairy Khodabakhshian Posted on October 31, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    thank you so much!

  25. sadfib Posted on November 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    this is how you're supposed to spike xD

  26. ntvolleyball16 Posted on December 1, 2009 at 12:11 am

    if you wanna learn the real way to spike talk to me…2 step might get you bye in beach half the time, but you will be laughed at in indoor. 3 or even 4 step gives you ten times more power. 2 step? back to jv you go

  27. 1234jason5678 Posted on December 25, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Dude incase you didn't realise that this is beach and not indoor. 2 step approach is correct ok. I was taught the 2 step by Andrew Schact Who played in the olympics.

  28. ThisIsRei Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    ….dude. I use that method… but the problem is… that I am quite short compared to the net… XD

  29. ThisIsRei Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:25 am

    -___-" easy for you to say… XD

  30. 9Livia7 Posted on February 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    dude i'm short too…but i jump higher than most people 😀

  31. matthew Kinnebrew Posted on February 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    how high do you jump then?

  32. mungomatt Posted on March 7, 2010 at 4:35 am


    He is taking a two step approach….so its right left.

    If you are right-handed and hit with your right hand, you jump off your left foot, thus the right left.

    you probably take a 3 step approach(as most do), left right left. Maybe in beach they only take 2 step approach?

    but anyways you always end up on your left.

  33. Keith Fresh Posted on March 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    yeah thats what long guys do or that is what i do

  34. MrEvolution133 Posted on March 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

    the steps are wrong … its one big step with your left foot on step right foot then a small on with the right and jump !

  35. ChocolatePoop1301 Posted on May 10, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Do you really need to pull your arm back like a bow? Seems like you could skip that step completely

  36. Tyler Bui Posted on May 20, 2010 at 6:08 am

    just jump from the back row with a 50 inch vertical and smash it (: jkkk

  37. Tyler Bui Posted on May 20, 2010 at 6:09 am

    only if you play in a gym (:

  38. xKawaiiKiwi Posted on May 27, 2010 at 12:27 am

    agh i dont get it… is spiking bumping?? lolz

  39. yiaroxx Posted on May 31, 2010 at 6:25 am


  40. ChocolatePoop1301 Posted on June 2, 2010 at 12:10 am

    @thaothi are you talking about the jumping or spiking motion? Seems like superman would pertain more to the jump than the spiking motion.

  41. Marcus Lundberg Posted on June 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    @thalolybeth: I agree. But that's a technicality since Addison seems to have just replaced the first step with some sort of (get-to-the-right-starting-spot-jump).

  42. shazell15 Posted on June 21, 2010 at 3:41 am

    this is an outdoor approach, indoor approaches are 3-4 steps, no need for dumb comments

  43. IoveJune Posted on July 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    .. for INDOOR your spiking you would take 3 or 4 steps. if your right handed you would take a long step with your left foot and short with your right then left. so its long short short. if your left handed you would do the opposite.

  44. BattleBorne Posted on July 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Good tips. I'll give them a try.

  45. Bettina Caceres Posted on July 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Isnt it supposed to be 3 step approach?

  46. lani807 Posted on July 30, 2010 at 8:20 am

    WE ONE THE GRAND FINAL TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!! i scored the winning point for our team!!!!

  47. Jakob Finnander Posted on August 7, 2010 at 2:38 am

    @SamanthaHuffman in beach you use two
    indoor you use 3 🙂

  48. BulbaBox Posted on August 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Timing also matters!

  49. Rui Ferreira Posted on August 31, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    this good for the ones who dont really know how to play volleyball. But for those who already know how to play volleiball, you're missing a lot of important moves.

  50. SolidRudeboy Posted on September 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Elbow never goes first for the ball when u spike correctly

  51. Rawwwrah Posted on September 12, 2010 at 4:13 am

    its not that easy.. im an outside hitter and still havent mastered the art XD. but yeah, theres timing and stuff to go with it.

  52. Pierce Griffith Posted on September 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    @ChocoPockyxD It's really up to u knowin how high u can jump. Just practice enough times and it will almost become a reaction.

  53. dhillskier75 Posted on October 1, 2010 at 3:45 am

    @knightbabe1 you are doing the same thing, but adding an extra step at the start, he goes right foot, left foot then puts his feet together, you go left, right, left then put your feet together, you end in the same place

  54. Jordan Patten Posted on October 8, 2010 at 2:03 am

    @cookieluver159 haha one of the setters of my team always does that.

  55. Angela C Posted on October 23, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    The Volleyball videos made by This Guy, Are The Only Expertvillage Videos That Are Actually Worth Watching -.-

  56. Subaru Wrx Posted on November 2, 2010 at 1:23 am

    @cookieluver159 haha ive played with many setters and its always the same story over and over again lmao

  57. sherexh Posted on November 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Well yea, that is how you spike a volleyball, but if you have the world's crappiest setter, you won't be able to get far. 🙂 Good job 🙂

  58. VMord Posted on November 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    left-right-left is the right technique for right handed

  59. Joe Kmetz Posted on December 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    @animehobo wow, you are gay

  60. Alexis Ailee Posted on January 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I really love this video cuz it teaches me how to play volleyball

  61. V.E. R. Posted on March 20, 2011 at 2:48 am

    lol I came to the video to learn how to play volleyball and I ended up playing snake xD

  62. dean danev Posted on June 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    my fav part is the snake game 😀

  63. Katie Miggo Posted on June 25, 2011 at 3:50 am

    so many things wrong with this…. if your right handed your approach is LEFT RIGHT LEFT and if your left handed your approach is RIGHT LEFT RIGHT. when you spike it you put your left hand up not to have controll, that doesnt have a single thing to do with it, you put it up because if you leave your arm hanging down it drags your body down so you wont be able to jump as high. ugh stupid people! get someone who actually kknows how to play!

  64. travelerforever Posted on June 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    @kattygirl17 He seems like a good player. why are you so mean? why do not try to make a video and show the world how good you are as a player and teacher? 19 years old It explains a lot

  65. Katie Miggo Posted on June 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

    @cesaramoga first of all im not saying hes a bad player maybe those techniques work for him but thats not the right way second how do you even know that im 19 i could be wayy older or younger, you dont know that. let me tell you something, Don't make assumptions by what you see, you should know that by now…

  66. travelerforever Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:20 am

    @kattygirl17 I am using these facts: you said "Stupid people get someone who actually know how to play" so you are infering that he is not a good player or he is indeed a bad player. Second, Your youtube profile channel says that you are 19. and your nickname is kattygirl 17 and it was created three years ago so by logic I can make the assumption you are 19! I am sure you could be a nice girl. you can express yourself on internet the way you want but I can also criticize the fact you were mean!

  67. travelerforever Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:22 am

    @cesaramoga Have a nice day!

  68. Katie Miggo Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:38 am

    @cesaramoga Okay idc if you think im mean or not and you can not assume by the fact that my username has 17 in it that i am 19 because 17 is my favorite number concluding that I might not be 19 so your facts on that subject are wrong. Also the stupid people I am adressing are the owners of the channel and by saying get someone who knows how to play I mean get someone who teaches the correct steps not saying he doesnt know which obviously he does cause all the other videos are decent so shut it

  69. travelerforever Posted on June 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

    @kattygirl17 I am not going to shut it. you posted you are 19 on your channel and even if you are like 40 you seem like immature. I have played for 15 years volleyball. wow How terrible at teaching he is, he forgot to add left right left instead of left right and snap the wrist (sarcasm). You are complaining like if you paid for the service. you a phony little whinny brat complaining about everything. I blocked you and skip your annoying attitude.

  70. Aren Peterson Posted on July 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    @anniecho921 whats snake?

  71. Pedro Gonçalves Posted on July 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    @kattygirl17 well somehow you did not explain the fact your Youtube profile says you're 19 years old… so that's a fail right there…

  72. Katie Miggo Posted on July 28, 2011 at 2:50 am

    @97codycommander 1. PEOPLE LIE, the internet isnt always right 2. stop sticking your nose in other peoples business 3. i am NOT 19, yes i lied. now shut the hell up and let it go, it was almost a month ago. You dont need to put your two sense in!

  73. Pedro Gonçalves Posted on July 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

    @kattygirl17 so yeah you lied.. That means you can also be younger, and which case your opinion would become even more irrelevant. Sure it happened a month ago, point? An open argument is still an argument

  74. Shyo Posted on August 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    @GeGeMus12 You Make It Sound Like Its A Bad Thing =P You Should It Em Hard In The Face Thats The Entire Point Of Spiking…For Me =D

  75. loverainbowsmiles Posted on October 2, 2011 at 3:21 am

    @GeGeMus12 you make it seem like thats a bad thing

  76. Grant Kilganon Posted on October 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    @liudxdx he's wrong.. he's hitting goofy footed.. power hitters actually are supposed to hit off 4 steps.. most do off 3.. middles is always 3 steps.

  77. SF K Posted on November 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Accidently hit someone hard on there nose doing a spike !

  78. Jake Niedzwiecki Posted on January 30, 2012 at 3:53 am

    @anniecho921 sooo one year ago

  79. imawarbler Posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

    i know how to approach, i have the strength to hit the ball…what i don't have? timing 🙁

  80. 4lifecopt Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    i reaaallly wish i could be good @ volleyball ! its so much fun

  81. evanwilson98 Posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I'm 6"3 this really helps

  82. evanwilson98 Posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I'm in middle school

  83. Emilie Van Alsburg Posted on April 22, 2012 at 6:14 am

    What the heck? It worked? ahah

  84. Fredrik André Ellingsen Posted on May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    thanks for the vid! helped alot!:)

  85. Kacey Carreira Posted on May 30, 2012 at 7:02 am

    How does one even discover this? You’re amazing, my friend.

  86. KingKong4524 Posted on June 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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  87. Olivia Thomas Posted on June 19, 2012 at 7:52 am

    never do that really open hand thing that he was doing you should have more relaxed hand but have the skill to hit at that spot, because the more tense your mucles are when hitting the less powerful your going to be in your hits but just practice this when your hitting take a deep breath and relax all of your mucles and your body especially your hitting arm also never think about hitting the ball hard because one its messes with your focus and 2nd your body gest over excited TRY IT trust me

  88. Javanna K Posted on July 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    His name is Addison LOLOLOOL;.

  89. AzaleaOwl Posted on August 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

    My coach wants me to spike because I'm one of the strongest on the team.
    This helped me; thanks! :^)

  90. Dylan Travis Posted on October 11, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Ms.Newton is Gaaaaaay

  91. migs sants Posted on October 23, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I love scaring the opponents by looking like I am going to spike it hard, but all I do is tip it

  92. Darwin Deza Posted on September 19, 2013 at 6:06 am

    His voice is funny..lol

  93. J-Tay M. Posted on October 19, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I mean why does he make it seem so easy

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    my first week under its program, its truly
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  95. LePau Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

    a slow motion effect would help

  96. Ahnaf Mabarrat Posted on April 10, 2015 at 4:44 am

    its too bad i was exiled from the volleyball team tryouts for not spiking correctly, its not my fault i have a low vertical and am 5'2"