So you're interested in learning how to play volleyball?
Let's start with a simple list of the basic volleyball rules....
The Rally, The Referee, The Court
Errors, Points, Rotations and Scoring
For beginners plunging into the popular and fast-growing world of volleyball, understanding the rules of volleyball might seem a bit intimidating at first.
Say less, because I've got you covered. The section below answers some of the most frequently asked questions, asked by newbies and junior players when starting out.
By answering these seven questions I dive into the finer points of the game, highlighting what's legal, how the scoring works, and other aspects of the game beginners need to know.
Let's dive into these questions and help you master the rules so you can confidently continue your new journey in volleyball.
Illegal actions in volleyball refer to any actions that are not permitted according to official volleyball rules.
Some of the most common are:
Yes, you can hit the ball with a closed fist because it is legal.
This is often seen when a beginner player is serving the ball in order to create more power on the ball with an underhand serve or if they're making an underhand pass because they haven't learned the proper technique yet.
However, it's important to make sure that the ball contact is clean, without any prolonged contact like lifting the ball or carrying the ball, because these actions are considered faults, which are reasons for the referee to blow their whistle.
3. How do you score in volleyball?
Scoring in volleyball occurs when a team wins a rally.
This could involve
Each time a team wins a rally, they earn a point and the right to serve.
In volleyball, no part of the body is allowed to touch the net during play, except for the hair.
In other words, incidental contact of your hair with the net does not mean its a fault, or a reason for the referee to whistle against your team.
This happens a lot when a blocker wearing a ponytail lands from a block jump and turns to transition back behind the ten foot line to get into position to attack.
But any other contact such as with hands, shoulders or feet is considered a net violation and results in a point being awarded to the opposing team.
And yes also in indoor volleyball, Yes, you can!
In volleyball, any part of your body can legally come into contact with the ball, including your feet. However, players normally use their hands and arms as they offer better control.
In volleyball, cards are issued by the referee to penalize misconduct from players or coaches.
A yellow card serves as a warning and no points are deducted.
A red card results in a point and serve for the opposing team.
Yes, a team must win a set by at least two points. This rule is in place to allow for the potential of a "see-saw" set where teams can rally back and forth indefinitely until one team has a two-point lead.
If the score reaches a 24-24 tie, play continues until a team leads by two points. It doesn't matter how long this takes, the game goes on until this happens.
This rule applies to all levels of volleyball, from recreational play to the professional leagues and international competitions.
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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