Volleyball Team Communication: What Backrow Players Should Tell Front Row Hitters

Volleyball team communication is important because it eliminates court confusion and reduces the amount of easy points the opposing team can score against you.

I can't emphasize enough the importance of using your time in the back row effectively by providing your offensive players (hitters and blockers) valuable front row info that will help them to help you which helps your team in the long run.

In high school volleyball, do you know how many points teams lose because half of the squad doesn’t know what the other half is thinking or seeing?

Whether you know it or not when your team doesn’t communicate with each other, you guys are in a situation where not only do you need to anticipate what the opposing squad is going to do, but now you need to guess what member’s of your team are going to do, as well.

Just how much more pressure do you want to put on yourselves?

I see so many teams play entire games where teammates never tell each other either

a) what they see the other team is doing or

b) what each other plans to do, so they lose easy points playing a guessing game since they don’t communicate with each other.

If you really want to be that "on court leader" that can consistently add points to your team’s stat sheet without even touching the volleyball, try this next suggestion.

Let’s say there’s a particularly effective front row hitter on the other team that your blockers can’t stop.

While you are in the back row, it’s your responsibility to give your blockers the information they need to stop her. You need to figure out how that spiker is being successful then communicate that information to your front row.

Are your blockers jumping too soon against a hitter with a slow armswing?

Then between plays you can tell them to "wait longer" and to time their block so they go up later.

After all, you are playing behind the block, and if your blockers go up, come down and then the spiker spikes, that means the block is too early.

You don’t always have to wait for your coach to call a timeout to communicate this information.

Between plays if you are sure that this is the problem that your blockers are having, you can be the one to tell them (in their ear if need be) to wait on the block.

Here's another example.

Is the hitter beating your block cross court by hitting inside the middle blocker's internal hand?

Then tell the outside blockers (with the your coach's approval) or you can tell your coach that you think you are seeing that your middle blocker needs to take one more step towards the center of the court to take away more of the hitter’s angle.

I hope that you understand what to say on the volleyball court since you now know that simple communication before and during the play can add up to a lot of easy points for your team.

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