Hitting Terms - Terms for Volleyball Offense
Much of volleyball lingo is about volleyball hitting terms.
Here are some volleyball terms used for
offense. You find a link into defensive terminology in the end of this
Hitting Terms - Most Common Volleyball Offensive Terms
Pipe: Set the pipe occurs when a back row player jumps and
attacks a set from behind the attack line.
Shoot: A shoot is a quick, low set to a hitter hitting
Slide: A slide is when an attacker,
usually a middle hitter,
fakes a quick approach and takes steps along the net chasing the ball
that travels behind the setter. The attacker then jumps off
one foot parallel to the net and hits the ball mid air.
Three Ball or Thirty One: A Three is very much like a shoot
except that the set goes only about half way to the outside.
So, it is basically a shoot to the middle hitter.
Thirty Two: This is a slower and higher thirty one set. This
around 3 feet above the net - between the "quick one" and "thirty one".
Off Speed Spike: This is a controlled spike ball placed in an
open area of the court.
Open Hand Tip: When an attacker directs the ball with the
fingers to attack.
Hitting Terms - Common Offensive Plays
Outside Shoot: An outside shoot is a quick set to the outside
Terms: "Hitting Outside Shoot?"
32: A 32 is a ball that is set between the outside
and the middle. It goes further than "quick one" and is set around 3
above the net. This "thirty-two" is often used in Cross or Tandem
plays (read below).
Flare: This is when an attacker tries to trick the opponents
by working with another teammate. While a teammate runs a
quick fake the attacker takes an inside-out path to attack an outside
Isolation Play: An attacker is used as
a distraction to tie up opposing blockers while another
teammate attacks against a single blocker.
Hitting Terms - Combination Offensive Plays
Tandem: When one player follows behind another player when
going to attack. This causes confusion among the opponents
because they have to choose which attacker to stay with.
Terms: "Hitting Tandem or Cross here?"
Double quick: When two hitters approach to hit quick
sets. A middle hitter approaches to hit from the front and a
right side hitter approaches to hit from the back.
X Play: An X or sometimes called a "Cross" is when hitters
approach to hit crossing each other's paths.
Hitting Terms - Offensive Systems
Four-Two Offense: A 4-2 offense is the most basic volleyball offensive
system in which there is a 6 player offensive system with four hitters
and two setters.
Five-One Offense: A 5-1 offense is a 6 player offensive
system with one setter and five hitters.
Six-Two Offense: A 6-2 is a 6 player offensive system that
uses two setters and six hitters.
Hitting Terms - Volleyball Terms for Attacking
Cross Court Shot: An attack directed across the net at an
angle from one side of the court to the other.
Terms: "Line Shot coming up?"
Attacking the ball down the opponent's
Cut Shot: This is a spike that is hit at a very sharp angle
from the hitter's strong side.
Dink: When a player attacks the ball by tapping it with their
fingertips. It is a tricky shot that is useful for faking out
Power Tip: When a player attacks the ball by pushing the ball
with their fingertips. But the attacker must be careful that
they do not touch the ball for too long.
Check the link below for Volleyball Defense Terms.
Pages for Volleyball Terms in Hitting
Common Defensive Terms in Volleyball. What is an offside
block? Flipper? Gator?