Basic Volleyball Terminology Spikers Hitters and Attackers Learn First

Here's a list of basic volleyball terminology for hitting and spiking that outside hitters, middles and opposites and setters learn first to run their offense. 

Basic volleyball terminology- A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)Basic volleyball terminology- A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)


To better understand some of the more commonly used volleyball spiking terms, hitters who attack the ball in matches first need to learn these terms that I've given some explanations for...

  • spike approach
  • the hit
  • the spike
  • the attack
  • the kill

Let me explain...



Basic Volleyball Terminology
The Spike Approach

Basic volleyball terminology- A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)Basic volleyball terminology- A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)


Spike Approach - 

The spike approach is the pattern or series of steps and/or strides a player uses to elevate themselves into the air so they can spike a ball over the net. 

The spike approach will vary in speed and in length according to the set a player receives. 


Basic volleyball terminology -Spike approach is the series of steps a player uses to elevate themselves into the air so they can spike a ball over the net. (Ralph Arvesen)Basic volleyball terminology -Spike approach is the series of steps a player uses to elevate themselves into the air so they can spike a ball over the net. (Ralph Arvesen)


The spike approach can be compared to an airplane's pre-flight takeoff because it needs to travel a certain distance forward in order to gain the momentum needed for it to lift itself up off of the ground.


Basic Volleyball Terminology
The Hit

To hit a volleyball requires a player to take a spike approach followed by an armswing that is used to bring the player's hand above their head to make contact with the ball. (Ralph Arvesen)To hit a volleyball requires a player to take a spike approach followed by an armswing that is used to bring the player's hand above their head to make contact with the ball. (Ralph Arvesen)

Basic Volleyball Terminology
The Spike

To spike a volleyball requires a player to take a spike approach followed by an armswing that is used to bring the player's hand above their head to make contact with the ball. (Ralph Arvesen)To spike a volleyball requires a player to take a spike approach followed by an armswing that is used to bring the player's hand above their head to make contact with the ball. (Ralph Arvesen)


Volleyball Hit

To hit a volleyball requires a player to take a spike approach as described above followed by an armswing that is used to bring the player's hand above their head to make contact with the ball so that it clears the net and finishes in the opposing team's court.


To spike a ball requires a player to take a spike approach followed by an armswing that is used to bring the player's hand above their head to make contact with the ball. (Ralph Arvesen)To spike a ball requires a player to take a spike approach followed by an armswing that is used to bring the player's hand above their head to make contact with the ball. (Ralph Arvesen)

Of the three attempts a team has, to get the ball into the opposing team's court, the spike can be attempted on the second or third contact.



Basic Volleyball Terminology
The Attack

A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)


The Attack -

An attack is the offensive team's attempt to get the ball into the opposing team's court by either spiking the ball, tipping or dumping or using an off speed hit.


A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court. (Ralph Arvesen)

Basic Volleyball Terminology
The Kill

Basic volleyball terminology-A kill happens when a player successfully hits or spikes, tips or  attacks the ball onto the opposing team's court floor. (Ralph Arvesen)Basic volleyball terminology-A kill happens when a player successfully hits or spikes, tips or attacks the ball onto the opposing team's court floor. (Ralph Arvesen)

Kill -

A kill is registered when a player has scored a point or a sideout by successfully attacking or hitting the ball onto the opposing team's court floor within the their court lines and boundaries.



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