Now that we've discussed a few simple game rules, let's review
First, you'll have to learn how to serve a ball.
What is the serve?
Zone 1 , the right back area of the court.
2. The serve can be made underhand but for high school, club,
is made when you first toss the ball with one hand in the air and
a) to score a point directly which happens if the ball hits the floor on the opposing team's court with no one able to get it up first or you
b) serve the ball in an area on the opposing side which makes it difficultfor the opposing team to run an offensive attack
Once the referee blows the whistle to start the rally you have 8 seconds
If you let the ball drop to the floor, the referee will blow the whistle again
and this time you have five seconds to serve the ball over the net.
Next you'll need to learn how to pass or bump a volleyball.
Passing a volleyball or bumping a volleyball are two ways to explain the
same underhand technique of receiving the serve.
What is passing a ball?
The pass or the bump is used to describe the most commonly used
The pass is a service reception technique used to contact a ball
that's entered your court area when your team is on offense.
When the ball arrives at just above your hip level you clasp both hands
together, one palm inside the other, pointing both thumbs to the ground.
responsible for making the second contact on the ball, your setter.
The two players in the positions who pass the majority of the balls served
by an opposing team are called outside hitters and liberos.
move back to the middle of the court to help receive serve.
What is a set?
The set is usually the second contact in a rally and the person who
The setter on a volleyball team is like a point guard on a basketball team
who runs the offense and calls the plays.
Different sets have different heights and are delivered to different
locations along the net.
the head of the setter to Zone 2.
There are a number of sets to understand which you will do as you
learn more about how to play volleyball.
A spike starts with an approach of three but most often four steps.
above the top of the net so you contact the ball at its highest height to
attack or hit it down into the opposing court.
improves, you will learn to spike faster and quicker sets that are lower to
spikes, propelling the ball either down the line or cross court into the
opposing team's court.
Once the whistle blows and your team serves the ball over the net, your
team is on defense, ready to defend your court.
Your team is trying to keep the opposing team, now on offense, from
putting the ball on your court floor.
The first opportunity to do that is at the net.
When they hit its the job of the blockers to block the ball back into their
court so that it doesn't come over the net.
your team gets to rotate and serve.
If the block does not stop the ball, then your three players in the back row
have to get the ball up to keep the rally going.
The primary blocker in the front row, and usually the tallest player on
the team is the middle blocker. Her job is travel back and forth along the
net to help the other two blockers stop the ball from coming into her
A dig is what happens when the ball gets past the defensive team's front
row blockers who couldn't stop the ball at the net.
They do that by "digging the ball".
positioned outside of your front row blockers as they jump to block a
hard driven ball.
You sink your hips low to the floor, below the ball before it gets to
you and you use your extended arms in your platform to "dig" or deflect
the ball up in the air.
the ten foot line, so that the second contact in the rally can be made.
to one of her front row hitters, so they can attack it with the third hit so that
the rally continues.
This was a very basic run through of what a beginner player needs to
know before learning how to play volleyball to win.
Now its time to dig deeper into all the history of the sport and
What you just read was just a warmup!
Just like in volleyball practice, you do a little stretching to warm up your
muscles before getting into the real meaty part of practice.
Here you go through a light review of everything before you really begin
to dig deep and take each rule, each position, each skill and really
explore it, learn to do tons of reps and go over each drill repeatedly until
you get it right.
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