Volleyball Rules For
Communicating in Volleyball

Basic volleyball rules for communicating on the court.


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.


You can do this by letting them know what the block is not taking

away.


Let me be more specific because this can be done in two ways.


You can wait between rallies to tell your hitter what you’ve noticed the

other team is doing in defense.


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

points."


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

instructions as the play is developing, so listening to your instructions

can be very helpful.


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.


Let’s say your setter has set the ball to you a little off the net, which

forces you to keep your eyes on the ball, but now you can’t

see where the block is because you're looking up.



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

open area on the opposing court.


A seeing eye dog leads their master safely through traffic and crowded

areas right?


Well then your teammates can help guide you past the

blockers and help you hit to open areas of the court, and you

don’t even have to see what areas are open, you just need to trust and

listen and follow their commands.


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.


Volleyball Rules: Talk To Your Hitter


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

mistake.


What happens is that the opposing team has passed a ball

back over the net to your front row unexpectedly, and now

they are suddenly on defense but their block doesn’t have time to form.


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

overpassed ball.


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

seeing-eye dog, because you are in the back row on defense and you

can see whether the block is up or not and you can tell what open

areas of the court she should hit the ball to.


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.


Always Call Out Where The Hitters Are

Volleyball rules for communication: Tennessee blockers calling out the opposing team's hittersVolleyball rules for communication: Tennessee blockers calling out the opposing team's hitters


The third of my unofficial girls high school volleyball rules happens

between plays when your girls team is about to serve the ball.

 

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

your side.


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.


And as a team we need to all be 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?


No joke, thirty people can witness a crime and the police will get twenty

to thirty completely different eyewitness accounts.


Think about that for a minute.

People see things developing in different ways and that includes girls

volleyball players.


Do the three or six of us all know that the setter on the other team is

front row?


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

by surprise because they didn’t see, know or identify some key

information that all of their other teammates did.


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.


Think about it, if three people on a girls team of six players are not

communicating about what they see developing either during a play or

before it, that’s half a team not talking to each other!


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

something?



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

and thinking.

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.


In girls high school volleyball, do you know how many points teams lose

because half of the squad doesn’t know what the other half is

thinking or seeing?


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.


Volleyball rules for communication: Teams communicate with each other between a rally.Teams communicate with each other between a rally.


That reason alone is why I developed these unofficial girls high school

volleyball rules.


Backrow Player Talk To The Front Row Hitters


The last of my girls high school volleyball rules for communication are

especially for female players who really want to be leaders on their

teams.


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

suggestion.



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

that information to your front row.


Are your blockers jumping too soon against a hitter with a slow

armswing?


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

early.


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.


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