There are specialized areas that each player position plays in.
The six volleyball positions or roles that players specialize in are
Setters and Opposites
Left Sides/Wing Spikers
Once the whistle blows and the server has served the ball, then each player from their rotational position on the court switches to play in their specialized position on the court for the duration of the rally.
So when the whistle blows and the server serves then setters go to the right side of the court, if they are front row they switch to Position 2, if back row they switch with whoever is in rotational Position 1 to play in their specialized position on the right side.
If they won the rally they rotate one position.
If they lost the rally they go back to their serve receive offense pattern and receive serve again.
In the photo above Illinois State Redbirds Blockers On Defense Ready To Switch After Their Server Serves The Ball
#2 Will Go To Position 4 on the court, switching from her rotational position on the court to her specialized volleyball position because she's the left side hitter.
The Player Behind Her Will Go To Zone 2 because she is the setter or the right side hitter;
#21 The Middle Blocker Will Stay In Zone 3 because she's already in her rotational position on the court (MF) and doesn't need to switch with anybody after her server serves.
(photo by Bill Shaner)
The more you play, the more you will become familiar with what happens in each position and where you need to be on the court.
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