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Questions tagged [volleyball]

Questions about the sport of volleyball. Beach volleyball should use the [beach-volleyball] tag.

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Screening in volleyball

The volleyball rules prohibit screening during a service (preventing the receiving team from seeing the ball or the serving player; rule 12.5), however, during any professional game you can see ...
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In volleyball when is it considered “Reaching over the net”?

In volleyball, when is it considered "reaching over the net"? If my team serves, and the other team passes it close to the net, and I am front row. Can I reach over and kill it? What about if just ...
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Overhand reception in indoor volleyball

Volleyball rules are going to change for the 2013 season. For example, the overhand reception of service would be forbidden (like it is in beach volleyball). What are the additional details that ...
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What constitutes a legal block in volleyball in regard to it not counting as the first hit?

Today in a match the setter set the ball too low for me to spike it, so I just dinked it over. The bottom of the ball was lower than the top of the net at the point where I made contact. When the ...
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How to boost vertical speed / jump height

As a basketball player it is important to have a good jump height (for scoring, rebounding, blocking). I've tried some plyometric exercises and are jump skipping often. But I do not have a good idea ...
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Can we use a leg to play the ball in volleyball?

I have started playing volleyball recently, and I fully admit I don't know the rules of the game in great detail. Recently when we were playing, one of us played the ball with their leg and then ...
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What determines a double hit in volleyball?

In volleyball, if the other team pass, set, hits it over to me and I kick it and then it hits my chest, but it's only one action/motion, would that count as a double hit fault? What about if the ...
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The “four hits” fault

Let me describe a specific situation: Team A serves the ball. Team B executes three hits to return it - they pass the ball, set it and then attack. After the attack, the ball touches both the top ...
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Why does one player on a volleyball team wear a different jersey?

Why does one player on a volleyball team have a different color jersey than the rest of the teammates? I notice that this player only plays on the back row and never plays in the front row, and that ...
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Is it legal to go under the net to play a ball going out, back in play in volleyball?

Is it legal to go under the net, on the other players side in indoor volleyball to play a ball that was going out? From my understanding, you would have to hit it around the net, then another team ...
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What happens if two players of opposite teams hold the ball over the net?

Let's say that the ball is right over the net, and one player of each team is trying to push it to the other side. What is the rule if they just happen to hold the ball between each others hands for a ...
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What is the logic behind re-serving in volleyball and tennis?

I have seen plenty of times a re-serve being awarded instead of giving the point to any of the team in both volleyball and I think tennis, too. (I'm not sure if it's still the same in tennis). I had ...
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What is the “paddle” for during a volleyball substitution?

During volleyball matches you can often see a huge rotation of players. The player who enters take a paddle and gives it to the player who comes out. What is the significance of the paddle?
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What is the rationale behind short-term substitutions in volleyball?

Recently I have watched some recorded volleyball games featuring the Brazilian men's national team. I noticed that frequently - in nearly every set I have watched - they substitute one or two players ...
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Do the official USAV rules for coed volleyball require a female touch?

Is there an official USAV rule that states that in coed, indoors, 6-versus-6 volleyball, at least one of the 3 touches allowed by a team has to be done by a girl? My league has stated that if no girl ...
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Can a player rotate from the back line after the serve and become a blocker?

Can a player rotate from the back line after the serve and become a blocker? Or is the designation of backline player at the time of the serve?
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What has triggered the evolution of 6-0 formation in volleyball?

I have been playing volleyball since childhood. I started off with a 4-2 formation (2 defenders and 4 attackers). Then we moved on to 5-1. (i.e. 5 attackers and 1 defender) But nowadays, I have seen a ...
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What is a block in volleyball?

What exactly constitutes as a block in volleyball? Let's say if it's an overpass by the opposing team and a blocker tips it down (with two hands) but the opposing team still returns it. Is it a block? ...
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How do you differentiate good sets from bad sets?

As a referee, How do you differentiate good sets from bad sets? I'm a beginner volleyball ref. One of my main challenges is identifying double hits. I scanned the USAV rules and didn't see anything ...
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What is an attack hit in volleyball?

What exactly constitutes an attack hit in volleyball? For example, if I set the ball to someone else for an attack hit, and the set goes too far and it is blocked by someone on the opposing team with ...
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Attacker makes blocker touch the net in volleyball. Who should be awarded the point?

In the Rio 2016 Olympic volleyball final match's third set, a Brazilian player was spiking very close to the net. After his spike, his arm followed down, contacting the arm of the Italian blocking ...
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In a video challenge in volleyball, does the challenging team have to specify the challenged fault?

Assume the following situation: In a high-class (high enough for a video challenge system being in place) volleyball game an attack hit goes out of bounds and the referee assigns the point to the ...
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How do you decide whether a ball is in or out

In volleyball, how do you decide if a ball is in or out? Is it like in tennis, where you would look at the ball from the top perspective at the moment it touches the ground and see if it crosses the ...
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In volleyball, which part of the hand should you hit the ball with in an underhand serve?

I searched much of Google, but sites mostly talk about other types of serves, and the underhand serve only gets a couple of quick lines. Even when they do talk more about the underhand serve, they don'...
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What is the difference between an Outside hit and Pipe hit in volleyball?

What is the difference between an Outside hit and Pipe hit in volleyball? What position can hit a pipe during the game?
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Is an advantage for a left-handed to play volleyball?

Are there any objective advantages to a left-handed in playing volleyball?
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1-point penalty for return fault - official rule?

In a volleyball match, the opponent threw the ball over the net because we had just gained service. The referee called a "foul", and awarded my team 1 point. I am unsure if this rule is applied in ...
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Record match point saved in volleyball with rally point system?

What is the record of saved match points in a volleyball match now that the rule is the rally poin system? I mean that the team who saved match points finally wins the match
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Why do servers bounce the ball before serving?

I've participated in a volleyball tournament, and noticed that servers (especially those doing overhand serves) bounced the ball twice before starting the serve. Why do servers do this?
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Can a back row setter reach into the plane to play the ball?

A first hit is over passed towards the net and passes partially through the plane of the net. The back row setter is tall and jumps to pull the ball back with a closed fist. Is this a legal hit? Or ...
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Which part of hand is used to do a volleyball smash?

I have tried different hand formation and tried different positions of hand to hit the ball, but the smash either goes out of court or is very low powered.I just don't get how to hit it. So that its ...
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Can you jump off the wall in volleyball?

In indoor volleyball, the ball can not be played off of the wall. In a rec league, a ball recently was sent high and off to the side of the court. It was going to make contact with the wall about 7-8 ...
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Is it a fault: penetrate under the net when the feet are completely in opponent's space, but not on the court?

It is easier to watch this video (vk.com, Russian social network) than explain Libero of Sada Cruzeiro flew to the opponent's side but didn't touch the court with his feets. At the same time, his ...
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Is it ethical to serve really hard?

This is something that's been bothering me for a while. We play volleyball socially and the team is mixed gender, aged 20 - 50+, mixed level (from complete beginners to two advanced players who join ...
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Foot fault on a jump serve in volleyball

When a player does a jump serve can land on the baseline or not? I had a case tonight when a player do a jump serve and landed on the baseline I was told it was not a foot fault, is it correct?
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How are percentages determined in volleyball?

How is it determined that a reception or an attack is "perfect" in volleyball? For an attack it is fairly clear it the attack directly scores a point, but there isn't such a clear criterion for ...
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Consequences if player(s) argue(s) with referee

In my recent question, I received the answer to whether a 1-point penalty was actually applied in official rules. Philip Kendall provided that it was considered impolite conduct and the offending team ...
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Average volleyball athlete height in NCAA

What's the average height of the male and female volleyball athletes by position and division in the NCAA?
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I am a volleyball player and I need better endurance. Please help!

Okay. I play volleyball in Southern California. I consider myself a high level athlete but there is a problem (or what I think is a problem). I know this is kind of silly but whenever I take private ...
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Is it possible for the libero to score points in volleyball?

Is it possible for a libero to score points during a volleyball match? I believe that libero cannot hit the ball, but he can set and receive, so is it possible that the ball passes over the net and ...
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Contact of a player with the net

The FIVB rules state that: (11.3.1) Contact with the net by a player is not a fault, unless it interferes with the play. (11.4.4) A player interferes with the opponent’s play by (amongst others): ...
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In beach volleyball what happens when a player hits the ball from under the net?

To map this out, players A and B are on team 1, player C is on team two. Player A bumps the ball over the net to team two's side. Player B reaches underneath the net and (otherwise legally) hits the ...
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Under the 2015 FIVB rules, is there a legal “passive” touch of the net in volleyball?

The changes made in 2014 to the FIVB rules contain that basically any touch of the net is treated as a fault. Does this "any" also include passive, unintended contacts, for example if the ball flying ...
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Can be ball be set over the net on the first touch?

When my opponent first serves a ball, can I set and pass the ball over the net? My friend told me that this is a fault - but the ball was coming towards my face, so I don't see what else could I do.
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What's the English term for setter positions in volleyball?

When speaking about the positioning system in volleyball in German, we usually say the word "Läufer" (lit. "runner") and append the number, X, of the position of the setter, to refer to a certain ...
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When is the setter allowed to leave his position?

Every player has to stay in his position and may not violate the positioning rules until the opponent's server has touched the ball (of course, assuming that the referee has blowed his whistle). ...
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How is spike speed measured in volleyball?

I've been eyeballing a volleyball match right now (apparently, it's world championships :), and have noticed that they show "spike speed" for spike replays. How is that speed measured? Is the ball ...
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What counts as a foot fault when serving and when attacking from the back court part?

In volleyball, what exactly is considered a foot fault when a) serving and b) attacking from the back court part (i.e. by a player from the back row)? Three possible options come to mind: players are ...
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Why does one player on a volleyball team wear a different shirt? [duplicate]

In Volleyball one player wears a different color shirt in the team while others wear the same color. What is the reason for it?
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What features should I look for in prescription eyewear for playing volleyball?

What features should I look for in prescription eyewear for playing volleyball? What type of store could I find it at?