volleyball game rules and learn how to apply them in the match.
purpose of this section is to help you to understand rules and using
them on the court for your advantage.
If you were looking for the very basic volleyball rules, go to Basic
Volleyball Rules section from the Home Page. These cases are more
It is NOT ALLOWED for a libero, defensive specialist to attack the ball
which is COMPLETELY above the net.
Case: Libero Spiking the Ball
In junior volleyball it is very common that players are not able to
swing the ball completely above the net level. That has led to
situations that liberos are attacking and hitting the ball behind 10
feet (3 meter) line.
The reason why:
It is ALLOWED as long as the ball is NOT
COMPLETELY above the net. If at the hitting moment the ball is
completely above the net, the libero’s attack becomes illegal.
At very young age groups, you see liberos with the good arm swing and
top spin being very effective on their offense, even without
jumping up into
the air. According to rules it is OK - as long as the ball is
not completely above the net.
Rules Scenario II:
Setter vs. Blocker
The scenario is setter is setting the ball, which is completely on the
is not allowed to contact the ball, if the ball has not broken
the plane (if it is still completely on the opponent’s side).
Volleyball Rules Case: Setter vs. Blocker
This situation is from the setter’s view. We assume the ball is
completely on the setter's side. Any time setter notices
blockers jumping to him/herself with their hands up, setter can try to
set the ball to the hands of the blocker.
If a blocker touches the ball, it is blocker’s fault, every
time, if the ball is completely on the setter’s side.
Fast, "shooting" volleyball pass to the setter
This incident happens often when the ball is passed and “shot” quickly
towards the setter, in the manner that ball probably would fly over the
net without setter touching it.
That ball often triggers blockers
automatically getting up to the ball. Setter needs to make sure the
ball is completely on the own side, then blockers won’t have right to
touch the ball - and just “set” the ball the way it touches the
Extremely tight ball to the setter
Often when the ball is passed extremely tight to the net - it gives the
setter a clear sight to the blockers
hands reaching over the net – and opportunity to set the ball to the
setter's reach is not as high as the blockers, therefore it often gives
even better opportunity to see the arms reaching over and put the ball
to blockers' hands.
Once again, the blockers commit to a mistake if they contact the ball,
which was completely on the setter’s side.