First, you'll have to learn volleyball basics like serving skills before learning how to serve a ball aggressively to score points.
In order to make your varsity team you need to be able to serve consistently over the net and then to earn the right to stay on the court you need to learn how to score points with your serve.
That takes practice and lots of reps.
Let's learn more about serving basics.
What is the serve?
1. The ball is sent over the net to start the rally by the player in Zone 1, the right back area of the court.
a) to score a point directly which happens if the ball hits the floor on the opposing team's court with no one able to get it up first or you
b) serve the ball in an area on the opposing side which makes it difficultfor the opposing team to run an offensive attack
Next you'll need to learn how to pass or bump a volleyball.
What is passing a ball?
The pass or the bump is used to describe the most commonly used technique to make the first contact of the ball after its been served into your court by an opposing team.
The pass is a service reception technique used to contact a ball that's entered your court area when your team is on offense.
The two players in the positions who pass the majority of the balls served by an opposing team are called outside hitters and liberos.
Learning the basics to developing good setting skills is something else you'll need to know how to do before making your varsity team.
So let's get into this...
What is a set?
The setter on a volleyball team is like a point guard on a basketball team who runs the offense and calls the plays.
A spike starts with an approach of three but most often four steps.
The first two slow and the last two bigger and faster steps that propel you in the air gathering momentum as you go, to lift you above the top of the net so you contact the ball at its highest height to attack or hit it down into the opposing court.
As you become a better spiker and your hitting technique improves, you will learn to spike faster and quicker sets that are lower to the net.
The three players in your front row are blockers standing with their arms above their shoulders watching the opposing team pass the ball then set the ball, then hit the ball..
When they hit its the job of the blockers to block the ball back into their court so that it doesn't come over the net.
If the block stops the ball at the net and the ball goes back to the opposing teams floor, that's a point for the block, your team, your team gets to rotate and serve.
If the block does not stop the ball, then your three players in the back row have to get the ball up to keep the rally going.
A dig is what happens when the ball gets past the defensive team's front row blockers who couldn't stop the ball at the net.
Now its the responsibility of the three back row players on defense to keep the ball off the floor.
They do that by "digging the ball". The dig" is an underhand technique that describes the first contact of a ball in a rally that's been sent over the net with power.
To "dig a ball" you are in a defensive position, most frequently in the back row, or if you aren't blocking in the front row and you are positioned outside of your front row blockers as they jump to block a hard driven ball.
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.
Learn to do tons of reps and go over each drill repeatedly until you get it right.
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