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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.
When a player scores a point with their serve its called an ace. An ace is a serve that is so well placed that it lands on the opposing team's court before an opposing player is able to play the ball.
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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 will 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 are trying to score a point with their serve.
As a beginner player you may first learn how to play using the underhand technique with a closed fist.
As you become stronger and you gain more experience then you'll be taught how to serve a volleyball overhand.
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.
When learning how to play volleyball, you need to understand that "the pass" is used the majority of the time to get the ball to travel from one player to a teammate, or over the net.
To pass well,a player who is passing in serve receive should be able to
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.
According to the rules of volleyball, during a rally, each team is allowed only three contacts. On the third contact, the ball has to go over the net to the opposing team's side.
What usually happens in volleyball is that a passer in the back row uses their underhanded pass to contact the ball for the first contact.
The second contact on most teams is made by a setter who is responsible for delivering a "set" to one of her hitters so they can hit the ball, for the third contact, over the net to try and score a point for the team.
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.
University of Kentucky, Freshman, volleyball setter
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So once the serving team serves the ball into the opposing team's court, the first contact is made by the passer on the receiving side who passes the ball up to their setter.
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.
Hard hitters with well-placed spikes score for their team all the time.
But smart hitters who see the court and know where to place the ball, out of the reach of opposing players on defense, score just as many points.
When you score a point with a hard hit, its called a "kill."
At the beginning of a rally if your team is serving, that means after the serve goes over the net your team is on defense.
Since the block is the first line of defense against the attack or spike from the other team, its the blockers job to try and stop the attack hit from coming over the net into their court.
As a defensive player at the net, which is what a blocker is, you will block a ball by
This eye sequence pattern is called BSBH or Ball - Setter- Ball - Hitter.
Its what both, the diggers. in the back row and blockers in the front row do or better yet 'how they watch the offense' in order to try and be in the right place at the right time in order to stop a ball at the net..or keep the ball from hitting their court floor.
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.
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The technique used to keep the ball of the floor is volleyball digging.
Similar to the passing technique, as a digger you'd position yourself around the perimeter of the court, behind the block but in a spot where you can see the opposing hitter when they are attacking the ball.
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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.
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