Volleyball Tactics To Use To Control The Speed Of The Game

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There are specific volleyball tactics you can use that players that play on competitive high school and club teams learn in order to control the speed of the game.


This first tactic 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 tactics 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 hitterschance 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 tactics 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 Tactics 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 tactics 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 tactics 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.


In this section of the Improve Your Volleyball site, you'll find more information on specific strategies and tactics to use to control the speed of the game and to outsmart your opponent.

Check out the relevant links to pages below. 


Related Links: 

Smart Tactics To Use To Control The Game

Effectively Use Your Block in Defense

Spike With Power Like The Pros

How To Dig Better

10 Floater Serve Tips

Strategies To Fix Overhand Serves

Setters Training Tips

Essential Communication Skills

Terms For Digging



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