Many of my volleyball rules are designed to teach young players how and when to communicate on the court and learn how to to give each other useful information before or during the rally.
This reduces and even eliminates surprises and confusion on the court.
For the most important of my volleyball rules...I recommend
you start by telling your hitters what part of the volleyball court to hit to.
Let me be more specific because this can be done in two ways.
For example, your conversation could go like this "Hey teammate, they
keep blocking you, when you hit the line so just keep cranking the
ball hard cross court because that's what seems to be getting us
Or, you can do what I did and what other professional beach volleyball
players are trained to do and that is you can talk to your hitter while
the play is developing.
Sure, you have to learn how to talk fast, but your hitter can hear your
You can follow these particular girls high school volleyball rules in
practice during hitting drills.
During your team's hitting lines, after you’ve warmed up spiking
the ball a few times, the next time you go to hit the ball, have the
teammate behind you call out to you what area of the court
to hit to.
After you’ve taken your spike approach, but before you contact the
ball she needs to call out either “line” or “cross court” and you
need to hit the ball where she tells you to.
This little exercise helps build trust and could help your hitting
percentage on the volleyball stat sheets if you learn to follow what your
teammate is telling you to do.
An audible command from your teammates is just like having a seeing
eye dog on the court.
Instead of using your eyes now you will rely on your ears and the
information provided by your teammate to help guide you to hit to an
A seeing eye dog leads their master safely through traffic and crowded
Well then your teammates can help guide you past the
blockers and help you hit to open areas of the court, and you
Sounds easy, right?
Do you know how many club teams and high school teams I watch play
volleyball and no one is talking on the court?
No one is brave enough to take the initiative to direct traffic.
Here's the second of my unofficial volleyball rules...
Tell your hitter whether she has one blocker up at the net blocking
her or whether she has a two-man block up.
On a play, where the other volleyball team overpasses the ball back into
your court, if you yell "Nobody" it lets your hitter know that
she can swing away and hit the poop out of the ball with no
worries, because no one is up to block her.
Many overpassed balls are free gifts that the other teams give you by
Your front row hitter is looking up at the high ball they just sent over,
unable to see the opposing team's court since she is focusing on the
So she can't tell whether the opposing team is blocking her or not.
In this situation by “giving your hitter a call” you become your hitter's
When you tell your hitter how many blockers she has, just before
she hits, it helps her decide how and where she can effectively hit
the ball to score points.
If you are in the back row, then you also need to call out where and
who the front row hitters are on the opposite team.
Calling out the opposing team’s front row hitters is not just a
job for the blockers, it’s everybody’s responsibility to identify who on
the other team is capable or eligible to send the ball over to
If the player on my right isn’t saying anything about what she
sees and the player on my left isn’t communicating anything to
me between plays, then I have no way of knowing if we are all seeing
the same thing.
Here’s something else to think about.
When a crime is committed did you know that most eyewitnesses don’t
report seeing the same thing?
Think about that for a minute.
People see things developing in different ways and that includes girls
Do the three or six of us all know that the setter on the other team is
Just because we should know, doesn’t mean we do know and time and
time again balls fall in front of the one or two players caught
It isn’t necessarily their fault that they didn’t see what happened, but it
is the responsibility of one or more players to call out, talk to and make
sure that everybody knows what is happening.
So my front row may know that the other team’s setter is in the
front row, but if my back row players don’t know this.
Then when she dumps the ball into our court and my team's back row
defense is taken by surprise because they didn’t know that the opposing
volleyball team’s setter was front row, then who should have said
The answer is “everybody.”
If six players call out “front row setter”, or “watch the cross court hit”
or something similar, then all six players know what each other is seeing
Everyone is in the loop.
In professional volleyball, when I played back row, before my
team served the ball I would ask one, two or three of my front row
players “Hey______ you got that front row setter, right?” or “hey
_______ don’t forget she likes to hit cross court.”
On each and every play that I was back row, I talked about what I saw
developing and I gave my blocker(s) valuable court information
quickly, so I knew that we were all on the same page.
Several of my girls high school volleyball rules emphasize the
importance of using your back row time effectively by providing your
blockers valuable front row info that will help them to help you which
helps your team in the long run.
Whether you know it or not when your team doesn’t
communicate with each other, you guys are in a situation where not
only do you need to anticipate what the opposing squad is
going to do, but now you need to guess what member’s of your
team are going to do, as well.
Attention, volleyball girls, just how much more pressure do you want to
put on yourselves?
I see so many girls teams play entire games where teammates never tell
each other either
a) what they see the other team is doing or
b) what each other plans to do, so they lose easy points playing a
guessing game since they don’t communicate with each other.
That reason alone is why I developed these unofficial girls high school
If you really want to be the volleyball ‘it’ girl, or that "on court
leader" that can consistently add points to your team’s stat
sheet without even touching the volleyball, try this next
Let’s say there’s a particularly effective front row hitter on the other
team that your blockers can’t stop.
While you are in the back row, it’s your responsibility to give your
blockers the information they need to stop her. You need to
figure out how that spiker is being successful then communicate
Are your blockers jumping too soon against a hitter with a slow
Then between plays you can tell them to "wait longer" and to time their
block so they go up later.
After all, you are playing behind the block, and if your blockers go up,
come down and then the spiker spikes, that means the block is too
You don’t always have to wait for your coach to call a timeout
to communicate this information.
These volleyball rules can help you develop your spidey
senses so that between plays if you are sure that this is the problem
that your blockers are having, you can be the one to tell them (in their
ear if need be) to wait on the block.
Here's another example.
Is the hitter beating your block cross court by hitting inside the middle
blocker's internal hand?
Then tell the outside blockers (with the your coach's approval) or
you can tell your coach that you think you are seeing that your middle
blocker needs to take one more step towards the center of the court to
take away more of the hitter’s angle.
I hope that you understand that these volleyball rules
stress the importance of simple communication before and during the
play which can add up to a lot of easy points for your team.