Positions in Volleyball: Setter, Libero, Hitter, Middle Blocker, D.S.

Setters, liberos, middle blockers, defensive specialists or spikers are the positions in volleyball that players specialize in on varsity high school teams. 


What positions in volleyball are there? 

Which position should you try out for or do you play in one of these positions already? 

Information in this section is written for players that specialize in specific positions.

Each volleyball position is defined along with the physical and mental responsibilities of each role.

You'll want to learn and to assume these qualities in order to play that position well when you learn how to play volleyball at advanced levels


The Setter Volleyball Position:
Are You The Setter?

Position in Volleyball: Setters. The volleyball setter leads the team by running the offense delivering sets to each of her hitters in an effort to score points. (Al Case)Position in Volleyball: Setters. The volleyball setter leads the team by running the offense delivering sets to each of her hitters in an effort to score points. (Al Case)

Are you a setter? 

The volleyball setter leads the team by running the offense delivering sets to each of her hitters in an effort to score points.

The setter holds the key leadership position on the court.



Discover what setter qualities are needed to be the quarterback of your team.

Learn what it takes to call plays, run your team's offense, deliver sets to your hitters and discover the best way to communicate with your hitters while leading your team. 




Outside Hitter Volleyball Position:
Are You An Outside Hitter?


Do you play in one of the outside hitter volleyball positions?

Ppsitions in Volleyball: Hitters: Whether you're s left side or an opposite hitter on the right side your job is to learn how to hit a volleyball aggressively,  (Al Case)Ppsitions in Volleyball: Hitters: Whether you're s left side or an opposite hitter on the right side your job is to learn how to hit a volleyball aggressively, (Al Case)


Whether you specialize on playing on the left side or you're an opposite hitter on the right side your job is to learn how to hit a  volleyball aggressively, confidently and intelligently, so that you consistently find ways to score with an attack your setter, libero or teammate gives to you.   


Outside hitter Maggie Skinner hanging with the big boys. Today we worked on being comfortable taking big swings from Zone 4.

  • Reaching high, hitting hard 
  • Hitting the high ball outside means being patient enough to let the ball reach its peak ... THEN taking our first step of three...to the ball now that we know where it’s going to come down

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The Libero Volleyball Position:
Are You The Libero?




Of all the positions in volleyball, the libero and defensive specialist rule the backcourt while the others see action primarily in the front row. 

A libero is like a pinch hitter in baseball, who goes in for special duties. The libero goes in for the middle blocker or outside hitter when they've rotated to zone 1 in the back row to serve.



The libero duties are to

  • pass the ball,
  • play defense in the back court and in some instances
  • serve the ball for a front row player who rotates to the back row.  
  • The libero also sets the ball to a hitter if the setter digs the ball in a defensive play.


If you're a libero, you need to become a consistently good digger, setter and passer. 




Positions in Volleyball:
Are You A Middle Blocker?

Positions in Volleyball: The middle blocker is the primary defensive player at the net, responsible for stopping the opponents attack hits before they cross the net. (Ralph Aversen)Positions in Volleyball: The middle blocker is the primary defensive player at the net, responsible for stopping the opponents attack hits before they cross the net. (Ralph Aversen)


Are you a middle blocker?

The middle blocker, is usually the tallest person on the team, and is the primary defensive player at the net, responsible for stopping the opponents attack hits before they cross the net into their team's court. 

The middle blocker has specific responsibilities, footwork and hitting options that differ from both of the outside blockers. 




Volleyball Positions:
Where Do I Go From Here?


Good times! Where do you need to go now? Here are three options: 

  1. Learn more about the various Rotations.  
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page  Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the Volleyball Positions section in the drop down menu at the top of the page


Need to know more about the positions in volleyball?You might like these pages



  • Improve Your Volleyball Performance with Vegas VB Coach April Chapple
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