Volleyball Strategies To Control The Speed Of The Game

Learn How To Play Volleyball Strategically


There are specific volleyball strategies for girls that play on competitive

high school and club volleyball teams to learn.


This first suggestion may not seem like a crafty thing to do during a 

game, but walking back to serve the ball every so often during a

match is one of those strategies that can really serve a purpose if used 

intelligently.


Volleyball girls are athletes, and athletes are supposed to run when 

participating in their sport for the most part.


Volleyball athletes are no exception. If you're a serious player then

when you are on the court, you are supposed to hustle to get from one

position or one zone to the next.


Usually it is a good idea to jog back behind the service line when its

time for you to serve. Most players do this so they can take advantage

of taking as much time as possible to get set up to serve the ball before

the referee blows the whistle to start the rally.


But what's important for you to know is that, whenever you run back to 

the service line to serve the volleyball you are potentially speeding 

up the play of the game.


What I mean is the sooner you get back behind the service line, the 

faster the referee will see that you are ready to start the rally so the

referee will blow his whistle, which means the volleyball gets put back in 

play at a faster rate.


But, sometimes it may be necessary to give your front row hitters a

chance to catch their breath.


Let's say your team has lost a few points in a row to a team that runs a

pretty quick offense. Then you and your teammates fight through a long

rally which you all manage to win the sideout.


So far all the last few plays have happened very quickly because the

opposing team has been running a quick offense and controlling the

speed of the game.


Now, that your team has finally won the ball back, do you want to run

back quickly and serve the ball, keeping the same pace of the game

that the other team has established?


Or do you want to slow things down a bit?


 If you slow things down, then you give the middle blockers on your 

team a chance to catch their breath and your setter has a few seconds 

to talk about some volleyball strategies to the blockers while your team 

is rotating and setting up to play defense.


So without risking a yellow card or getting any delay of game warnings 

you may want to take the time to just walk back to the service line. 


The referee will have to wait for you to be in position behind the service 

line before blowing their whistle to start the rally.


More Volleyball Strategies For Non Setters

Non-Setters Should Set The Ball High


In a perfect game, the libero or back row players would pass the ball 

up to the designated setter, who would be the only player to set every 

second ball.


But not every volleyball game is perfect. And in every game, the setter

is not the only player to touch or set the second ball.


If the designated setter passes or defends the first ball then she is

unable to set the second one.


In this case, one of the most popular offensive strategies teams follow 

is that the right side hitter also known as the offsetter would step in to 

set the ball.


It's very common that if you are the right side hitter also known as the 

off side hitter also known as the offsetter, setting the ball to one of 

your team's hitters in the match will happen at least several times 

during a volleyball match.


If this situation occurs, then it should not become a weak point in your

team's offense.


To maintain control of the pace of the game the offsetter should be

sure to get her knees, hips, shoulders and forehead lined up underneath

the ball to get into a nice low position to set a nice high ball to her

outside or backrow hitter.


Some volleyball players that aren't used to setting the ball, will panic

and try to deliver a very quick and very low ball to the middle hitter

since the player in the middle position is the hitter closest to them.


It's best not to risk increasing the speed of the game unnecessarily by

shooting a fast set to the middle or outside.


Neither you, the offsetter nor the hitter you are trying to set the ball to

have practiced any quick sets.


You want to leave those offensive volleyball strategies for the players 

who practice them everyday. Trying to do something new during a 

game, that you haven't done in practice increases the chances of your 

team losing points.


You want your team to maintain control and to establish it's own rhythm 

by setting the volleyball high to the outside spiker then you let your 

hitter do the rest.


By doing this, volleyball girls in the offsetter or right side position reduce

the chances of committing  unforced errors.


Be sure to check out the articles below
on volleyball strategies.


Volleyball Blocking Strategies

Learn the importance of establishing a game plan for what your front

row blockers will do against an opposing team's hitters. Once you

establish your volleyball strategies or a plan of action make sure your

blockers stick with it so your backrow players don't have to guess

where they need to be.


How A Volleyball Player Can Control The Game

I explain a couple of tricks you can use to get yourself out of trouble in

a way that you can control how fast (or how slow) the game rhythm will

be. Use these tricks when an opposing team has scored a series of

points against your team and you want to slow down the game action.


Volleyball Game Tips

Some times during a game the hitters get so wrapped up in hitting the

ball hard that they forget about easy spots on the court that they can

hit to, to score easy points. Learn the secrets of professional volleyball

players who have to score points for a living.




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