Volleyball court lines, let's see there are two parallel sidelines connected to two endlines that're perpendicular to these sidelines that run parallel to each other, while also serving as the two service lines. Meanwhile, there are two ten foot lines on both court halves separated by one centerline, all parallel to each other that connect the two sidelines, and divide the two court halves. The ten foot lines run underneath and parallel to the net, between the two poles on a typical indoor volleyball court.
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There are many lines on the playing surface of a volleyball court.
Also known as the court floor, you as a player will walk, run, jump, dive,
block, pass, roll, extend, pancake and serve all over these lines
not really paying attention to most of them during a game, set,
match, tournament or competition.
As you learn more about how to play volleyball, you'll realize that the
more you know about the technical, less glamorous elements of the
game, the more you increase your chances of outsmarting your
If there's a rule of the game that deals with the markings for a volleyball
notice, then you can use that to your advantage.
Knowing this type of information may come in handy one day during a
particularly important match or tournament.
Have you seen a player run after a ball in defense, then they stop
chasing it because they think the ball is out of bounds, and when the
referee blows his/her whistle he has to tell that player that the ball was
So the player lost the ball to the opposing team because he or she
It's important to understand what the most important court lines mean,
where they are located and why they exist.
With the help of several volleyball court lines diagrams I'll explain the
meaning of the most important lines and measurements on the court
Some court lines can be difficult to figure out, especially when
you are a beginner still trying to figure out the basics of how to play
This page explains what some of those court lines on an
indoor court should mean to you.
On one side of the net, there are three players who must stay within
within the designated front court zone which is a rectangle shaped area
measuring 10 feet from the net.
When one team is on offense then automatically the other team, we'll
call this Team B, is on defense.
the volleyball net and the ten foot line which marks the front court zone
and the lines that outline this area mark the front court
boundaries on their side.
sidelines and end line lines are portable synthetic cords that serve as
the court marker to illuminate the court boundaries.
To separate one team's front row from the other, it is placed an equal
distance between the three meter lines of both sides.
The line in the left hand side of the frame, the dark blue one is the
center line in the photo below.
Since the volleyball court is shaped like s large rectangle, the sidelines
are the longest lines located along the sides of that rectangle.
The sidelines, separated by the net, mark the longest boundaries of the
court, where both teams remain inside of their designated area of the
"rectangle" to play the match.
At the beginning of each rally, all six players on both
teams must be in
In the front row, once the rally has started, the outside hitters on the
team that's on offense can move outside the sidelines to make their
Of all the court lines on the playing surface, the service line is
the farthest boundary line from the net.
It's parallel to the ten foot and center line and marks the closest spot
where a player can stand in order to serve the ball over the net at the
beginning of each rally.
At the beginning of a play, if a volleyball player steps over the service
line while serving, she has committed a service error.
court before they contact the ball to serve it. Only after they've made
contact with the ball can they land on the other side of the service line,
in the court.
There's an attack line on each side of the court and it's
located three meters or approximately ten feet from the net on either
Front row hitters use the attack line to gauge how far
back they need
to be in order to begin their spike approach, while back row hitters know
that they can only attack a ball that's been set to them, behind this
The ten foot line, is the same line as the attack line and/or the three
The name of these court lines will change depending on who
you play against and in what city, state or country you play the game.
If you are inside this line, the spiker must keep both feet on the ground
when they send the ball over the net.
As explained previously, the name for court lines parallel to
the center line is the three meter line or the ten foot line.
Three meters measures out to be ten feet so for those people who use
the metric system they will call this line the three meter line.