So you want to learn how to you play volleyball?
Let's start with a simple list of the six basic volleyball skills....
First, you'll have to learn how to serve a ball.
What is a volleyball serve?
1. The ball is sent over the net to start the rally by the player in Zone 1, the right back area of the court.
2. The serve can be made underhand but for high school, club, collegiate and International competition you need to know how to overhand serve the ball.
The overhand volleyball serve is made with contact of the ball by a player when you first toss the ball with one hand in the air and contact it with force with the other hand in an effort either
Next you'll need to learn how to pass or bump a volleyball.
Passing in volleyball or bumping a ball are two ways to explain the same underhand technique of receiving the serve.
This creates a platform with both arms that you use to contact the ball deflecting it from your angled platform to the person most responsible for making the second contact on the ball, your setter.
What is a set?
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An attack hit or a spike describes the technique commonly used for the third contact in a rally that sends the ball over the net with power.
A spike starts with an approach of three but most often four steps.
The first two slow and the last two bigger and faster steps that propel you in the air gathering momentum as you go, to lift you above the top of the net so you contact the ball at its highest height to attack or hit it down into the opposing court.
As you become a better spiker and your hitting technique improves, you will learn to spike faster and quicker sets that are lower to the net.
You will also be able to better control the direction of your spikes, propelling the ball either down the line or cross court into the opposing team's court.
The primary blocker in the front row, and usually the tallest player on the team is the middle blocker. Her job is travel back and forth along the net to help the other two blockers stop the ball from coming into her team's court.
On defense the middle blocker blocks all along the net, on offense she will hit and attack primarily from Zone 3, the central area of the net.
To "dig a ball" you are in a defensive position, most frequently in the back row, or if you aren't blocking in the front row and you are positioned outside of your front row blockers as they jump to block a hard driven ball.
You sink your hips low to the floor, below the ball before it gets to you and you use your extended arms in your platform to "dig" or deflect the ball up in the air.
If you are the 'digger" or defender your job is to dig the ball up high enough in the air and ideally to the middle of the court close to the ten foot line, so that the second contact in the rally can be made.
This second contact is most often made by the setter who runs to this ball where ever it has been dug up to on the court and sets it up to one of her front row hitters, so they can attack it with the third hit so that the rally continues.
What you just read was just a warmup!
Just like in volleyball practice, you do a little stretching to warm up your muscles before getting into the real meaty part of practice.
Here you go through a light review of everything before you really begin to dig deep and take each rule, each position, each skill and really explore it, learn to do tons of reps and go over each drill repeatedly until you get it right.
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