How To Play Volleyball So That You Improve And Make Your Varsity Team

Learn how to play volleyball tips while learning the rules of the game for beginners and advanced players needing to get varsity skill instruction. 

Are you ready to learn how to play volleyball so well that you make the team or teams you plan to try out for?

Whether your goal is to make your varsity, JV or a club team or even prepare to play in college you've come to the right place.

You'll get your questions answered  and you'll learn things like 

which all are a part of what you learn when you are taught how to improve your game playing skills so you can help your team score points and win.

Are you ready?

How To Play Volleyball:
Learn Basic Volleyball Skills on Serving  

The serve is the first opportunity for you, the player, to score a point. 

And, its the one skill, out of all six of the essential skills, that you, the player can do, all by yourself without the assistance of another player to help score a point for your team. 

Once the referee blows their whistle to begin a rally, the player on the serving team in the right back position, which is also known as Zone 1, steps behind the service line and serves the ball over the net.

Beginner and inexperienced players learn how to play volleyball just by serving it over the net easily to begin the rally.

But the volleyball serves made by advanced players are tougher and harder because they may use a jump serve to try to score a point from the service line

How To Play Volleyball:  
Learn Basic Volleyball Skills on Passing

Passing and serving are two of the most important skills you can learn in this sport. 

One of the two most important skills to learn first is passing in volleyball because if you can't pass then you can't play.

Passing is done when you hold both wrists together, and with both thumbs side by side and pointing to the ground as you contact the ball on the  forearms of both arms.

Keeping your thumbs pointed to the ground, keeps your arms straight.

Your forearms, commonly known as "your platform", should be angled towards the target you plan on passing the ball to. 

How To Play Volleyball:  
Learn Basic Volleyball Skills on Setting

When learning how to set a ball, you'll use an overhead contact with all ten fingers shaped in a triangle around the ball to push it back up towards the ceiling, so it travels from you to your intended target. 

Setters, are the players responsible for getting to every second ball on their side and they are specialists in using this overhead contact called "the set" to deliver the ball to the hitters on the team.

The setter waits close by the net for the pass and they "set the ball" to one of their outside hitters or middle blocker. 

 How To Play Volleyball:  
Learn Basic Volleyball Skills on Spiking

The hitters responsibility is to spike the ball over the net, back to the side of the team who first served the ball.

They are trying to spike or hit the ball to an open space on the court so the receiving team can score a point. 

When you score a point with a hard hit, its called a "kill." 

How To Play Volleyball:  
Learn Basic Volleyball Skills on Blocking

As a defensive player at the net, which is what a blocker is, you will block a ball by

  • watching the ball while the opposing team's passer passes it to their setter 
  • then you'll watch the setter to see where she sets the ball from, how fast she sets it, and who she intends to set the ball to
  • once the setter sets the ball you'll watch the ball, tracking the set as it leaves the setters hands and travels to the hitter
  • finally you'll watch the hitter to quickly determine where her spike approach is taking her to meet the ball and see where her arm is swinging so you pick up clues on where she intends to spike the ball

How To Play Volleyball:  
Learn Basic Volleyball Skills on Digging

Both defensive player positions in volleyball will use BSBH while playing defense

While its the blockers job to try and stop the ball at the net, its the responsibility of the players in the back row  to keep the ball of the floor, if the ball happens to get past their block. 

The technique used to keep the ball of the floor is volleyball digging. 

A dig is made when you put your hand or arm(s) in front of the path of a ball, while sinking your hips lower to the ground, below the level of the oncoming ball.

You use your forearms to contact and deflect the ball up towards  the ceiling so a second player, ideally the setter, can make a second contact on the ball. 

How To Play Volleyball:
Where Do You Go From Here?

What do you need to do now? You have three options: 

  1. Learn more about Serving and Basic Skills
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page  Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 

Learn more about how to play volleyball in the pages below!

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