The 6-2 Volleyball Rotation
How Does The 6 - 2 Offense Work? 

Learn how the 6 - 2 volleyball rotation works, and when and what each player position needs to do in each of these rotational positions on the court. 

The 6-2 volleyball rotation is the simplest of offenses a team can run where two setters, two hitters and two middle blockers are on the court at one time.

The 6 -2 rotation or offense allows three hitters to hit when they're in the front row all the time. 

What's The Difference Between the 
6-2 Volleyball Rotation and the 5 -1 Volleyball Offense?

If a team has two strong setters that are also strong attackers then they usually play a 6-2 volleyball rotation where both setters are on the court at the same time and they play opposite each other. 

If setter one (S1) starts in zone 1 in the service position then she will serve, play defense and set while she's in the backrow.....playing opposite setter two (S2) who will start opposite her in Zone 4 and after her teammate serves switch to Zone 2 (right front) to play (block and attack) on the right side of the court. 

Learn how to run a 6-2 volleyball rotation (both serve receive and service rotations) and learn what the concept of base positions of defense is.

6 - 2 Volleyball Rotation
What Happens on Defense?

Let's start in the back row and talk about the most popular position on the court which is position 1. 

P1, Position 1 or Zone 1 is where the ball is served from at the start of each rally after the referee blows the whistle. 

6-2 Volleyball Rotation
Right Back, Zone 1, P1

Position 1 is located in the right back area of the court. 

You'll hear people say the "RB" or " go right back" which is another term for the Position 1 area. 

After the referee blows the whistle, this is the area where the player who has rotated into Position 1, will step outside of the endline before putting the ball in play with a serve that sends it into the opposing team's court which starts the rally between the two teams.

6 Positions of the Court Penn State player begins a rally with a serve from behind Position 1 on the court.6-2 Volleyball Rotation - Positions of the Court Penn State player begins a rally with a serve from behind Position 1 on the court.

Defense in Position 1

The setters and right side hitters also known as "opposites" play in the far right positions on the court in defense and offense.

When he/she's backrow in defense they play in Position 1.

When they're in the front row on defense, after her/his team serves, they will switch over to block, set and hit in Position 2. 

If you are the player in zone 1 at the very start of the game, and you're on the team that won the right to serve first, then you would be your team's first server.

If you are on the other side of the net, in zone 1 but your team is passing the ball because they are receiving the serve,

Then after your team wins their first point, they also win the right to serve the ball for the first time. 

Since you're the player that started the game in zone 1 and you're on the team that's receiving the serve, you wouldn't be the first server, you would rotate to zone 6 and your team's first server is the player behind you that is rotating from zone 2, the right front position to zone 1 the right back position, that is your team's first server.

The other four players would also rotate--one position-sliding clockwise from one volleyball zone to the next.

The "MB" or "middle back" is one of the commonly used court terms that describes the part of the court called Zone 6.

So now you started in zone 1 but you slide over to be in zone 6.

This is how a team rotates in the backrow whether they run a  6-2 volleyball rotation, a 5-1 offense of a 4-2 offense..players move  ..clockwise after their team wins the right to serve. 

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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 

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