Most liberos, male or female, are the best defensive players on their team.
They tend to be shorter, quicker and faster in defense than their teammates which many coaches think makes them ideal players for this position.
The volleyball defensive player known as the libero specializes in playing defense in any of the three zones in the back court.
They take over larger areas of the court when passing the ball in serve receive and should have a killer serve if they play in some high schools and in college.
The more of the court a volleyball defensive player or libero can take in serve receive, the more her outside hitting teammates can concentrate on just getting ready to spike the ball.
Before the referee blows the whistle, the libero can come in and out of the game.
Only when the ball is not in play can a libero come up to the sideline, which is located between the end line and the attack line, to enter the court to substitute into the game for their designated middle blocker or player they are coming in for.
Once the middle blockers have rotated through all three front row positions, and have played in position two or after they have been allowed to serve the ball, then that's when the libero is substituted back in.
Once a player is chosen as the libero, then they are the designated libero for the entire tournament, or match.
If for any reason this first designated libero needs to be changed because of illness or injury, then whoever is chosen to substitute her will have to remain the libero for the rest of the tournament.
Volleyball regulations require the libero jersey to be a different color than that worn by their teammates.
Since there are no limitations to the number of substitutions a libero can make, by wearing a different color jersey it's easier for the referee and stat keepers to keep track of the times the libero enters in and out of the game.
a) there needs to be a rally between two libero substitutions and
b) once a libero goes in for one player, they can only continue
to go in and out for that same player.
Can a volleyball libero hit the ball?
Actually a volleyball libero can hit the ball, as long as they don't make contact with the ball when any part of it is above the level of the top of the net.
So, for clarity, a libero can hit a down ball, by spiking the ball without having her feet leave the ground to make a spike approach.
Also, a player can't hit the ball from higher than the top of the net, if the ball is coming from an overhand finger pass (a set) by a libero in the front zone.
The ball may be freely attacked if the libero makes the same action from behind the end zone.
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