Explore general volleyball rules. Volleyball regulations
explained in easy to understand format.
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The Most Wanted Basic Volleyball Rules
Team will rotate, switch positions clockwise every time they
"side-out", win the rally after opponents serve.
When the receiving team has won the rally and got the right to serve,
the team rotates clockwise: a player from position 2 moves to serve to
position 1, the player from the position 1 moves to position 6, etc.
How to Count the hits
Three hits per team is allowed to deliver the
ball to the other side
Player is not allowed to hit the ball twice in
a row. (Expection: a block is not a hit, which means after the block,
the player is allowed to play the ball second time)
Two (or even more) players can touch the ball
simultaneously. Simultaneous touch between two player counts as a two
hits. Simultaneous touch between three players count is three hits,
etc. (EXCEPTION: block)
General Volleyball Rules about Double Hit on Setting and
Double Hit (or various contacts) - on volleyball defense
A double hit(or various
contacts)is allowed on the first hit when
1) receiving the serve, or 2) playing defense AS LONG AS CONTACTS
HAPPEN DURING ONE ACTION
On the defensive play when the ball contacts for example
following with a contact to the shoulder (remember you cannot carry,
throw or catch the ball)
Double Hit II - Overhead serve receive
On overhead serve receive, player is allowed to double hit
ball. (In other words when player "finger sets" the serve, it doesn't
have to be clean.)
In the past double hit when receiving the ball with
fingers was not allowed and it was called a double hit.
Double Hit III - Double hit on volleyball setting
Sets have to be clean. However, a double hit can be
if the player is trying to finger set the ball from extreme position
(for example while diving the ball)
More General Volleyball Rules
Ball crossing the net outside the antennas
A ball which crosses the net outside the antennas to the free zone
is allowed to play back to the team's playing area - if the ball is
returned back the same route (outside the antennas).
In other words if defensive play or pass flies outside the antenna past
referee, team is allowed to run after the ball and play it back. Notice
that ball have
to be returned back outside the antennas.
Opposing team is NOT ALLOWED to prevent opposing team getting that ball.
General volleyball rules about back row attack
Back row player cannot step on the attack line (10-feet line or 3 meter
line) when attacking the ball from the back row.
It is a false if libero performs a back row attack when the ball is
COMPLETELY ABOVE the net level. (In other words, if the ball is not
compeletely over the net, libero player is allowed to attack the ball)
Kicking the ball
It is allowed to play the ball with any part of the body. (In the past
players were not allowed to play with the foot or leg.)
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