Volleyball is played on a court divided by a net by two teams of six players. When a volley is won by the receiving side, it obtains the right to serve, and the players rotate one position clockwise. When the serving team wins a volley, it earns a point and the chance to serve again. On a serve, the ball must clear the net. If it does not, the server may try again or pass to another player. A match ends when one team reaches five points or when all its players have had a turn in action.
There are several types of volleys that can be served: block, spike, roll, and jump. In a block volley, the server throws the ball so that it lands behind their own net and then runs towards their opponents' net to avoid being hit themselves. In a spike volley, the server throws the ball up into the air and then quickly brings it down onto their shoulder before running towards their opponents' net. A roll volley is similar to a spike volley except that instead of throwing the ball up into the air, the server rolls it backwards along the floor towards their own net. Finally, a jump volley is where the server throws the ball high into the air and then leaps towards their opponents' net to intercept it before it hits the ground.
Each type of volley requires a different technique and most players will specialize in one or more areas. For example, some players might be very good at hitting blocks while others tend to get more spikes.
The act of placing the ball into play by a player in volleyball is known as the serve. It may appear easy, yet it depicts one of the most significant plays in volleyball. The ball is held in the left hand in front and on the right side of the torso, so that it is perfectly in line with the right hand. Then, the arm is raised above the head to throw the ball toward the opposite end of the court.
A point is scored when the opposing team fails to touch the ball within the time limit after it has been served. This time limit varies from game to game but usually is between 10 and 20 seconds. Some games are played under floodlight conditions where there is no time limit; instead, each team gets two opportunities to score during its turn at bat. These are called "sudden-death" points.
When a player serves, he or she is attempting to give the opposition captain no more than 20 seconds to decide how to react to the serve. The captain can accept the serve, hit the returner over the head with a special weapon called a "bat", or call for a block. If the block is successful, the attacker who had the ball go out of bounds is not allowed to re-enter the court. Otherwise, the attack continues as normal. Blocks are usually called by members of the defense team who have readied themselves for this opportunity.
If the serve is rejected, the server has another chance after another pass by the opposing captain.
There are six players. A volleyball team has six players on the court, and each player must rotate one position clockwise every time their team wins back service from the opposition. Only the three players at the net positions have the ability to jump, spike, or block near the net. The other three players are responsible for moving away from the action up the court against an opposing player who might be trying to score or prevent a score.
A men's volleyball team consists of nine players including the captain. A women's volleyball team has eight players including the captain. A volleyball team needs two guards, two hitters, and two setters.
The number of players on the court varies depending on how many points you want to award per side. If you want to give out five points per side then there should be between two and seven players on the court at any one time. If you only want to give out three points per side then you can have as few as one player on the court at a time. It depends on how hard you want your game to be played.
Volleyball is a team sport so you will need more than just volunteers. You will usually need around five to seven players per team. Some clubs may have different requirements but this is usually enough for most games.
Across all ages and levels of play, it is recommended that you have six players on the court at any one time.
Say it aloud: "Pause." In volleyball, the team that wins a rally earns a point (Rally Point System). When a rally is won by the receiving side, it receives a point and the right to serve, and its players rotate one position clockwise. On their side of the net, a team can touch the ball three times. If a player hits the ball out of bounds, that player must return to court 1 for the next person up. A player who goes out of bounds on an attack has the opportunity to take a free shot if the ball is still live; otherwise, they have forfeited the point.
There are two ways you can win points in volleyball: by hitting the ball into the net or by blocking shots. To score, you need only touch the ball within the boundaries of the court. The more places on the floor you can hit it, the more opportunities you have to make points. There are several types of volleballs used in different situations, so learn which type is needed before each game.
Hitting the ball involves using your hands and arms. You will want to work on your swing speed so that when the time comes to hit the ball, you can do so effectively. Hitting the ball too hard will result in wasted shots, while not hard enough will cause you to miss altogether. There are many ways to hit the ball properly. One method is called the whip. With this stroke, you should try to contact the ball at the end of your swing with full force.