Volleyball Positions and Rotations
3 Front Row Positions in Volleyball

Learn the descriptions and what the different volleyball positions and rotations work for each of these front row player positions. 


Volleyball Positions and Rotations - for Zone 4

If you're In volleyball rotational Position 4/Zone 4 here's where you go on offense and/or defense if you're an


Front Row Volleyball Positions and Rotations For
Offense and Defense


If you are a left side hitter/blocker

  • on offense - you'd stay and pass/hit from LF
  • on defense - after the serve you'd stay and block and play defense in LF


If you are a middle hitter/blocker

  • on offense - you'd slide over to MF and spike approach from the ten foot line and hit from Position 3
  • on defense - after your team serves you'd switch to MF to block in volleyball rotation Position 3/Zone 3

If you are a setter or right side hitter/blocker

  • on offense - as a right side hitter depending on your coach and the offense you run, most likely when your team is served, you'd pass/hit from LF and when the ball goes over the net you'd switch to Position 2 to continue the rally blocking, defending and hitting from P2 until the rally is completed.
  • on offense - as a setter depending on your coach and the offense you run, most likely when your team is served you start at the net and slide over to be the target in Position 2/3 that your passers need to pass to
  • on defense - after your team serves you'd switch to RF to block and play defense in Rotational Position 2/Zone 2 


Volleyball Positions and Rotations - for Zone 3

If you're In volleyball rotational Position 3/Zone 3 here's where you go on offense and/or defense if you're an

  • outside hitter 
  • opposite hitter
  • middle blocker
  • setter


If you are a left side hitter/blocker

  • on offense - you'd slide over and pass and hit from LF
  • on defense - after the serve you'd switch and block and play defense in LF

If you are a middle hitter/blocker

  • on offense - *you'd stay MF and pass any short balls, spike approach from the ten foot line and hit from Position 3 
  • on defense - after your team serves you'd stay MF to block in Rotational Position 3/Zone 3

If you are a setter or right side hitter/blocker

  • on offense - you'd pass/hit from RF, Position 2 and/or set from Position 2/3
  • on defense - after your team serves you'd switch to RF to block and play defense in Rotational Position 2/Zone 2 

*depending on the offense your setter calls you'd move to the net so your teammates would pass and then you'd slide back to the ten foot line during the pass to run the offensive play that your setter called.



Volleyball Positions and Rotations - for Zone 2

If you're In volleyball rotational Position 2/Zone 2 here's where you go on offense and/or defense if you're an


If you are a left side hitter/blocker

  • on offense - you'd slide over to pass and hit from LF or depending on your coach and the offense you run, when your team is served, you'd pass/hit the first serve from RF and when the ball goes over the net you'd switch to Position 4 to continue the rally blocking, defending and hitting from P4 until the rally is completed.
  • on defense - after the serve you'd switch and block and play defense in LF

If you are a middle hitter/blocker

  • on offense - you'd switch/slide over to MF and spike approach from the ten foot line and hit from Position 3 
  • on defense - after your team serves you'd switch to MF to block in Rotational Position 3/Zone 3


If you are a setter or right side hitter/blocker

  • on offense - you'd stay in RF and pass/hit from Position 2 and/or set from Position 2/3
  • on defense - after your team serves you'd stay RF to block and play defense in Rotational Position 2/Zone 2 



Volleyball Positions and Rotations: 
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