A hands-free adjustable block in seconds

Ideal for privates, hitting lines, short-handed practices and team drills

Hitting on an open net does little to prepare a volleyball player for actual game performance. Private lessons and one-on-one workouts without blockers don’t provide the shot-shaping barrier needed to simulate live play. Blocking pads, boogey boards, etc. require extra hands; and noodles provide only partial feedback. Team hitting drills can benefit from better block feedback as well, eliminating the false security of stronger hitters dominating weaker blockers, while limiting wear and tear on blockers’ fingers.

The RoofRaq™ volleyball blocking board makes it easy to improve attacking skills — shot shaping, finding edges, hitting around the block — without building false confidence with low seam hits against a porous or zero block. In addition to fine-tuning tool and roll shots, it can also help volleyball players hone defensive alignments and work on cover skills. And it does it all with no risk of players running or diving into a floor-mounted unit. The durable RoofRaq will help you boost hitting skills, generate more kills, and win more games.

The RoofRaq volleyball blocking board

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How it all works

RoofRaq adjusts in small increments so the top is as little as 5″ above the tape on the small version and as much as 20″ on the large model.

The RoofRaq features a full inch of foam padding — attached with velcro so it’s replaceable — to absorb the impact of the ball. The rigid substrate stands up to the hardest hitters. And rubber bumpers are the final shock absorbers. We tasked a top-ranked 18s boys team to try to break it.  Nice try!

RoofRaq’s telescoping tubing easily adjusts to different heights. Simply depress the spring-loaded button, move the outer sleeve up or down and let the button snap into the hole and lock the height in place. Holes are spaced in 1.25” increments. Depending on the panel size, the top can be set from  just 5” to as much as 20” above the net.

RoofRaq’s set up speed is due to its four high-tension retractable pins. You simply hang the device on the top net cable, pull the pins to drop the hanger, and release the pin to lock it in place under the top cable. Do the same with the bottom pins/cable and the unit is locked into place.

RoofRaq is rugged enough to take on the heaviest hitters yet, at just over 5 pounds, it’s light on the net.

Some RoofRaq users

#2 Ranked Club

2022

#1 Ranked Club

2023

National Champions

2022

Summer Clinics

2023-24

#1 Ranked Club

2019-23

National Championships

7

Jim Stone, Former Coach

USA U-19

National Championships

6

The evolution of blocking devices

No discussion of block devices is complete without mentioning its initial development and refinement at Nebraska. From brooms on a track hurdle to spring-loaded hands, John Cook has seen the value of challenging hitters with consistent block feedback. It is a small cog in Cornhusker success. And his thoughts on RoofRaq? “I think it’s perfect for club kids.”

RoofRaQ&A

Hangers with spring-loaded retractable pins allow the supports to be placed over the net cables and released to secure the RoofRaq. The reverse-facing bottom hanger pins the supports between the top and bottom cables. The bottom hanger bolts can be adjusted for different net depths to guarantee a snug fit.

Yes. Heavy duty springs in the retractable pins are strong enough withstand the impact and stay locked onto the net cable. However, if you have a fabric net system instead of cables, or just want to add another layer of security, simply do this. With the foam side facing you, thread the two support bars through the top row of net squares and then out through the bottom row of squares before attaching the hangers/pins. That way, the net itself will hold the RoofRaq in place in the unlikely event of a pin release.

The smaller board weighs a little over 5 pounds; the larger board just under 6 pounds. The tautness of the top cable will determine any net sag. Sag is negligible with a very taut top cable. If your floor plate strength doesn’t allow for max tightening, you can raise the net height slightly to compensate for the loaded drop.

Replacement foam and pins are available. The foam is attached with velcro tape so it can be removed and replaced easily. You can also fix most tears with contact cement (included in the box). Check the pins occasionally to make sure they don’t “back out” due to vibration during use. Or consider using Loctite to secure the pin threads since they are spring-activated and don’t need to be tightened by hand once seated.

UV sunlight will break down the foam padding over time. So it is not recommended. However, you can use it for short periods as long as the unit is stored out of the sunlight. Replacement foam is available.

Without cables, the pins cannot lock in place as securely. But the RoofRaq can still work. With a fabric system like Jaypro , it is important that the top and bottom hangers fit tightly against the top and bottom fabric. You may need to adjust the bottom hanger up to “pin” the net top and bottom more snuggly into the hanger slots. You should use the weaving technique in #2 above to ensure the RoofRaq remains secured to the net if a top hanger becomes dislodged. You can also use 3/8”-16 pitch thumb screws with lock washers for a tighter net fabric hold.

Choose your size or customize

The small RoofRaq measures 36 x 8” and is designed for club and high school girls with a jump touch up to 9’ 8” and boys reaching 10’ 4”. At its lowest setting, the top of this RoofRaq is only 5” above the net.

The large RoofRaq measures 41 x 9.5” and is designed for high school and college girls/women with a jump touch over 9’ 8” and boys/men reaching over 10’ 4”. At full extension, the top is 20” above the net.

Create your own combination of panels and supports or add pieces down the road. Switch out panels based on player, team, or season. Combine single and double panels to mimic unique blocking situations.