Volleyball Rotations: Understanding The Basic Rotation In Volleyball 

Volleyball rotations: A rally winning team gets one point, the right to serve and one rotation clockwise before the next server gets to serve to start a rally. 


If during a game, your team wins a rally then you've won three things 

  • Point for your team. 
  • One rotation for your team. 
  • The right to serve for your team.


Volleyball Rotations
Understanding The Volleyball Rotation




Left front area is Zone 4.    

Middle front area is Zone 3.  

Right front area is Zone 2.  

Left back area is Zone 5.    

Middle back area is Zone 6 

Right back area is Zone 1


Volleyball Game Rules
Rotation Rules


  • After a team wins the right to serve, the volleyball rotation rules state they have to rotate clockwise so the same player does not serve twice. 
After a team wins the right to serve, the volleyball rotation rules state they have to rotate clockwise so the same player does not serve twice. (Ralph Aversen)After a team wins the right to serve, the volleyball rotation rules state they have to rotate clockwise so the same player does not serve twice. (Ralph Aversen)


The player who was in Zone 1 moves to their left rotating to Zone 6 the middle back area of the court...

Zone 6 player moves out of the middle back area to the  to the area on their left, the left back area on the court, rotating to Zone 5...

Zone 5 player moves up to the left front area on the court rotating up to the front row in Zone 4...

Zone 4 player moves to their right rotating over to Zone 3 the middle front area of the court...

Zone 3 player moves over to their right rotating over to the right front area of the court to  Zone 2...

Zone 2 player moves back to the right back area of the court moving them to the back of the court which rotates them back row to Zone 1...


Volleyball Game Rules
Stay in the Court


  • Players on both sides must be inside the court at the point of service (when the ball is served)


A player can step over the end line once they've contacted the ball in their attempt to send it over the net into the opposing team's court. (Richard Yuan)A player can step over the end line once they've contacted the ball in their attempt to send it over the net into the opposing team's court. (Richard Yuan)
  • Players on a team must stay within their half court during reception of serve.
  • Players can go off the court to retrieve a ball back into their court as long as they stay within the designated playing area.




Rules of Volleyball:
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