Using Rules of Volleyball to your Advantage

Explore how to use rules of volleyball to win specific situations on the court.


If you are looking for simple and easy to understand volleyball rules, go to Basic Volleyball Rules section - you'll find links in the bottom of the page.

Rules of Volleyball Cases

Volleyball Rules Scenario 1: Volleyball above the net, "on the neutral zone"

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Volleyball Rule: When ball breaks the plane of the net (when even a little part of the ball is on the other side of the net), both teams have the right to play the ball.

Case 1: Volleyball Rules - Blocker vs. Back Row Setter


rules of volleyball blocking

If you are a blocker (front row player) in previous situation and setter of the opposing team is a back row player, when you as a blocker put your hands to the ball referee supposed to call the ball to your advantage.

Reason why: setter is a back row player and performs an ILLEGAL back row block in the situation

How to use the rule in the match? When the opposing setter is back row setter and the ball flies to the neutral zone, the front row players should try to contact the ball. If they manage to do it and the ball touches setter's hands, referee supposed to call a back row block for the setter.

Case 2: Volleyball Rules - Blocker vs. Front Row Setter


If the opposing setter is a front row player, the rally continues normally because neither player has committed to an illegal play.

Important: Notice that if a blocker jumps to the setter, the blocker has to make sure s/he is able to stop the setter. In case the blocker misses it (and hangs in the air when setter sets the ball) - it will be an easy task for attacking team to score a point with their offense.

Case 3: Rules of Volleyball - Blocker vs. Setter's trick

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If setter is back row and the pass is flying to the other side of the net - setters often are trying to do a trick - they jump up high, push their hands towards the ball and pretend to set the ball.

However, in the last moment the setter pulls the hands off to let the ball drop to the other side of the net.

Blockers often are not awake and let that ball drop straight on their side.

Blockers could win that ball just by being ready to attack the ball when it breaks the plane even a little bit.

Blockers have a huge opportunity to win that ball, because if they attack or block the ball to setter's extended hands, it should be called back row block for the setter.

To Keep It Real Simple - If the ball breaks the plane of the net, both teams can play it

rules of volleyball back row setter

This previous volleyball rule "the ball on the place of the net" is probably the most common rule to confuse people.

To keep it simple, just remember - if the ball breaks the plane, both teams has right to play the ball.

Rules of Volleyball Related Pages

Go to Basic Volleyball Rules section
  • to give you simple and understandable descriptions about rules of volleyball.


  • Volleyball rules explaining rules that have recently changed.


  • The official volleyball rules in easy to understand format. Rules do not include "rule book language."

Volleyball Rules - Cases - How to Use Rules for Your Advantage?

Basic Volleyball Rules Cases

Volleyball Game Rules

Rules of Volleyball - Double Contact






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