Legal Volleyball Hits Volleyball Hitting Rules For Outside Hitters

What are the legal volleyball hits that players can use in a game? The bump, set, attack hit, spike, the tip, the down ball and roll shot are legal attack hits.

What are the legal volleyball hits that players can use in a game? The bump, set, attack hit, spike, the tip, the down ball and the roll shot are all legal hits in volleyball. (Short Chinese Guy)What are the legal volleyball hits that players can use in a game? The bump, set, attack hit, spike, the tip, the down ball and the roll shot are all legal hits in volleyball. (Short Chinese Guy)

Here's a short list of legal volleyball hits allowed in the match which include

  • the bump also called the pass
  • the set also called the volley
  • the attack hit also known as the spike
  • the tip
  • the down ball
  • the roll shot 

Even a kick is a legal volleyball hit.


Scroll down to read more volleyball hitting rules that players need to know in order to compete in a game, match or tournament. 


Basic Volleyball Rules
Legal Volleyball Hits

Legal Volleyball Hits: The bump also known as the pass is legal volleyball hit. (Ralph Arvesen)Legal Volleyball Hits: The bump also known as the pass is legal volleyball hit. (Ralph Arvesen)

  • A player can score a point by contacting the ball with any part of their body, 


Legal Volleyball Hits
Is it legal to kick a volleyball in a game?


  • It is legal for a player to kick a ball during a match or a game in volleyball

Legal Volleyball Hits
Can a player contact the ball more than once?


  • Only one consecutive contact is permitted per player. 
  • A player cannot contact the ball twice in a row. 

Legal Volleyball Hits
Can a ball be played off the net?


  • The ball can contact the net and be played off the net during a rally


Legal Volleyball Hits
The Backrow Attack


  • A player in the backrow can attack hit a ball as long as they take off from behind the ten foot line
  • A backrow hitter can land in front of the ten foot line as long as they have contacted the ball before they land in the front row
  • A setter can attack hit a ball as long as she is in the front row



A ball is out if: 

  • it contacts the antenna before going out
  • it lands anywhere outside of the opposing team's court without being touched or landing on a boundary line


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