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Back to Basics: Volleyball Player Positions

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There are six positions on a volleyball court, and each position serves a unique role in the success of the team. Just like other competitive teams, you need to depend on each player to not only do their job but do their job well. Volleyball is extremely fast-paced and requires serious athletic ability. Depending on your skill-set and which aspect of the game you excel in the most, you can determine which of these six positions you will play. In today’s blog, Hoover Met Complex will break down each of these volleyball play positions.

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Setter

The setter is the main contributor to the offense of the volleyball team. One of the requirements of the setter is having a delicate touch to set the ball perfectly for one of the attacking players. Communication is extremely important for the setter because they need to get the rest of the players on the same page. Without the setter, there wouldn’t be hard spikes or technical ball movement.

Outside Hitter

The outside hitter is also known as the left-side hitter and is the lead attacker in the offensive strategy. To be a successful outsider hitter, you must be able to jump high, be quick on your feet, and be ready to adapt to different situations. The volleyball won’t always be placed where the outsider hitter would like, so they need to be prepared for hits from a variety of places.

Opposite Hitter

Also known as the right-side hitter, these players need to be a perfect balance of both offense and defense. They will also get many opportunities to hit the volleyball, so similar to the outside hitter, jumping ability is vital. The main difference that sets the opposite hitter apart is their defensive responsibility. Being able to receive the serve from the opposing team is just one of the many requirements of this specialized position.

Middle Blocker

The middle blocker, sometimes known as the middle hitter, is the tallest player on the volleyball team. Their main role for the team is being the first line of defense against the opposing team’s hits. The middle blocker needs to read the other team’s attackers to quickly raise his or her arms above the net in a blocking attempt. However, this is not a defense-only position. The middle blocker will have chances for quick points throughout the set.

Libero

The libero can become confusing for non-volleyball players. They can only play on the back row of the court, and because of this, are the ideal person to receive a hit from the opposite team. There are set rules the libero needs to follow, such as not attacking the ball at the net, playing a set for an attacker from the front, and more. You can always tell a libero apart from the rest of the team because they wear a different colored jersey. 

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Defensive Specialist

The thing that sets the defensive specialist apart from other volleyball positions is their ability to substitute out any player on the court. This will count against the team’s total of 12 substitutions. The defensive specialist traditionally focuses on ball control and passing and works well with the libero.

Practice Your Skills at the Hoover Met Complex

Hoover Met Complex wants to help you improve your volleyball skills through tournaments, open gyms, and practices. Knowing these six volleyball positions will help you understand which you specialize in and how you can take the team to the next level. Hoover Met Complex has space in the Finley Center for 17 full-sized volleyball courts for even large scale tournaments. Contact us today or call 205-739-7364 for more information! 

203 thoughts on “Back to Basics: Volleyball Player Positions

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  2. Xavier says:

    Most times I play middle blocker, how can I improve my jumps to be high? Is there anything I need to check out on?

    • Taryn Fink says:

      Hi Xavier. Thanks for your question. We would first recommend doing box jumps. Another helpful drill is to pick a spot on the wall (at a higher height than you) and jump up to hit it as many times as you can in one minute. These should help you work on your jump height.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Hi,I am a young soon to be volleyball player just joining a team and Im very nervous is there any tips I don’t know anything about volleyball sorry for bothering you

        • sally says:

          Do not be sorry just stay confident and bond with your team.. NO DRAMA its important to know your team so you can work as a team and good luck

        • amaya says:

          Hi, I have been playing volleyball for 5 years and some advice I’d offer is don’t be afraid or embarrassed to make mistakes. You will never learn if you don’t try. wishing you the best of luck!

        • Destiny says:

          Hey don’t fell nervous ya it’s a new team but that means a new bond can be made. You will always get nervous in a game, to meet new team mates. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you.

        • Kinsey says:

          Hi! I’m young to but I have been playing for a while, and honestly the best tip I have would be to watch the ball at all times and use your team as an advantage.

        • Lex says:

          Hi! I’ve been laying volleyball for 6 years I’m entering into my 5th season of club volleyball . I’ve gone through many try outs and the best advice I have for you is to be loud, like cheering on other players and calling for your passes and attacks, and being a moldable player, listening to coaches advice, paying attention to instructions, and always trying your best. Those are the 2 biggest things coaches tend to look for in beginner volleyball players! Wishing you the best luck! <3 (ps. I'm now realizing this was written in September of 2020. did you have your try out? if so, how did it go?)

      • Volleyball 🏐 Fan🙂 says:

        Well I am joining a volleyball team in grade 6 or 7 (I am in grade 5 right now)
        And I love watching HIKYUU !!” And I found out that my classmate likes playing volleyball and we are planing to make a volleyball club !! (P.s I am so EXCITED!!!🙂)

        • Serenity says:

          Hi I love Haikuu and that is what inspired me to do volleyball. I am much shorter than everyone else but I am very good at receiving. Unfortunately I can’t play this year so I play at home. I start my first year of volleyball next year! I can’t wait!

          • Abby says:

            You like Hikuyu to? The cool thing is that I have been playing Vollyball for 4 years and I am setter just like Kageyama (Even though I don’t have the same connection with my teammates, But were trying)

          • WEEB :) says:

            Bruh there are so many comments about Haikyuu!! Me and my best friend LOVE IT and watch it all the time. Me & her are actually on a volleyball team She’s a middle blocker and I’m a libero (like Noya LOL) Anyways, Have a nice rest of your day!

        • le name says:

          Really? I’m a grade 6, planning to create a boys volleyball club, and I’ve put so much development into it that I can’t back down, and I’m really excited because I think I can make a new impact in my area. I think I’m the only guy that likes volleyball, but me and a few friends love watching HAIKYUU!! as well, and hope to get them to join. (P.S. I feel the exact same way! I’m so glad about what I’m doing!!)

        • depressed_weeb says:

          hi i am just here to correct you guys- ‘hikyuu’ and ‘haikuu’ is actually spelt ‘haikyu!!’ but it’s very common for people to spell it with two u’s. i have high hopes for all of the volleyball players inspired by Haikyu!!

        • Ebony says:

          hi i am in Gr.7 and play volleyball for my school im pretty short but I play an Libero I also got some inspiration from Haikyuu!! it is really fun and I wish you the best of luck with joining and playing

          • Katherine says:

            I am starting a new school year and going to 7th grade any tips for the Libero spot like what do i need to start working on more ?

          • Leia says:

            I’m in 7th too! I go to an international school in China, and I’m on the volleyball team too. I’m 5’6″, but still the tallest person they have, so I’m middle blocker.

          • Zoe says:

            I love tsukki too but he actually looks like my brother but a 12 year old version and short so. Anyways my next fave is hinata

        • ~Noah~ says:

          Haikyuu! is my favorite anime right now. Most of the time when I play I’m the setter… It’s not that difficult to play, but when I started in 6th grade, the coaches didn’t go as hard as the 7th grade teachers do right now LOL. Being the setter is very important because you set the ball for the spiker in 6th grade you will learn ALL different positions, trust me I’ve been there. Just so you know, volleyball in 6th grade is WAY different than volleyball in highschool… Haikyuu! is highschool volleyball and in 6th grade it’s WAY different… Hope you have fun with volleyball!

      • Avannah says:

        I want to learn how to play volleyball and I dont know what player I wanna be… How can I decided?? Probably like what I’m good at but… Idk

      • Nisho says:

        Hey What’s the optimal height for each position? I’m 5’9 but I’m only in year 9 so I’ll probably grow some more. I’ve only practiced receiving with a football so far so I wanna know how I can get better

    • Yumi Korehatsu says:

      I really am grateful to whoever made this website! I wanted to play volleyball but got quite confused about the positions -_-” I now understand what each position does and know more about the rules! I am aiming to create a volleyball club when I reach 7th grade. I have set my mind to be a setter! I am pretty good at it and know how to receive the ball. I’ll also be doing exercises to jump higher and be able to block well. Once again I thank you for this!

      – Yumi Korehatsu

    • caua says:

      uhh sorry for bothering but I’ve been training so hard jumping that I’m 5’3 and I can jump 6’0 so it might not seem real but it is I’ve been doing box jumps.

      • Kenma_simp says:

        Well its good that you are practicing. I’m not 100% sure what the net height is in middle and or high but I know the average women’s net height it 7’4 1/8. I cant jump that high yet but I’m trying. I’ve also gotten to a jumping height of 6’3 . And I 100% believe u can jump that high because I can too and I’m 5’5. Keep doing what your doing. believe in you 🙂

    • Emma says:

      I’m not an absolute specialist but I do play volleyball and have been for quite a while. I’ve picked up a few tips from different people along the way, personally these tips helped me a lot and they improved my jumping skills quite a bit. Normally I’m a defensive specialist but sometimes when practicing with my team I play opposite hitter and since our team is still working on our attacks we score points via our serves and spiking it to the best of our ability. Our setter is fairly new and she makes mistakes from time to time so when I am playing opposite hitter I have to be alert to where she is setting the ball, sometimes having to jump higher, I found this a problem in the start and so I started asking around and doing some research on how to improve my jump. Anyways enough with the life story 😀 here are the tips I found useful. ALWAYS stay on the balls of your feet, it is critical to be able to move around as quickly as possible in volleyball, this also helps with you jump, when going to jump, shift your weight onto the balls of your feet directly before you do so and jump how you normally would accept this time with the power will be coming from the front of your feet. Working out (specifically squats) typically this is part of common life, athletes more so though, I have a specific work out routine that I do and find it works for me that I can give you if you would like, squats are critical in order to build up muscle in you let legs to give power to your jump, make sure you stretch after wards though and slowly build up on the amount of squats you do each time. Arm power, typically when blocking it is said to be better to keep your arms up always, however this has some complications in getting to your maximum height for you cannot have the arm swinging motion to get the momentum you would normally have when spiking you can choose to keep your arms up just bear in mind you won’t hit your maximum height or you can choose to swing your arms, play around a bit and see what works best for you. Motivation, I find it easier to jump higher when I actually have reason to, usually when I am practicing either for blocking, spiking or if I am doing a jump serve, I find that if I do not have a set goal then I don’t jump as high, so my advice would be to come up with certain techniques that help you when you are not doing the real thing. Keep a cool head when playing, I tend to forget everything I’m doing when I get worked up or to focused into the game, I use a technique where I stop and take a deep breath say for example when we are retrieving the ball after a point has been served, I find that this helps clear your mind and you play better that way because your not forgetting to do things. Anyways, I hope I have helped and I wish you all the best luck, these tips may not apply to everyone but I hope they can help

    • Taryn Fink says:

      Hi Alaysia. Thanks so much for the feedback. Volleyball can definitely be a little confusing, and we are glad to know that this post helped you understand it better!

    • Maddie says:

      Hello Hunter. To make your spikes stronger you should try having the setter set a ball about a foot away from the net at the highest you can jump, and hit it with 100% of your power. This will help your jump AND your spike. Good luck!

  3. deanna says:

    so i just started 9 grade and i want to try out for volleyball but ive never played it before other then just passing the ball back and forth with my sister .. is there anything specifically i could do to get good before 2 semester so i have a chance ?

  4. Zachary says:

    I would like to start playing vollyball, but i dont know what position to play. I am 5 ft 9in but i can jump all the way to 8ft 7in but with a running start 9 ft 1 in. I think i am fast. But my ball controlle suck. So what possition Should i play.

  5. amber says:

    i am trying out for the volleyball team i have 6 days to improve being an outside hitter what can i do to get better? and also are team is small so i might have to play all around what can i do with that , i would also like to point out this is my 1st time playing volleyball competitively and i have been training for 2 months.

  6. rebeccaa says:

    i am trying out for the volleyball team i have 6 days to improve being an outside hitter what can i do to get better? and also are team is small so i might have to play all around what can i do with that , i would also like to point out this is my 1st time playing volleyball competitively and i have been training for 2 months.

    • Emma says:

      I tried out for my volleyball team the other day and I became a defensive specialist my coach said it was because I can adapt to any position I am put in, when I am practicing I practice all aspects of the game, blocking, serving, spiking, setting, receiving etc. I would absolutely love to play pinch server and I have been focusing on my serves a lot, I can now do the jump serve and I am working towards a jump float although I still practice every other volleyball technique that I can for example after I have practiced my we’ve I normally practice the split step. I recommend practicing everything that way you can be able to play most positions. My partner, bless his heart, helps me practice, he is really tall and actually fairly good at his receives, he was thinking of joining the males team as a libero because of that fact, I suggested that he try out for maybe a middle blocker or something because he was going to be put as one regardless (that’s the way our teams work, tallest person is middle blocker, I know it’s stupid but it can sometimes be effective) and he was going to try out for both, he didn’t make it:( but still helps me practice so I suggest practicing as many techniques as you can and also practicing with someone.

    • Emelia Dsolo says:

      If you don’t know how to set at all, I would suggest watching a YouTube video! For some exercises, try bumping the ball high a few times so your right under the ball then get your hands “ball-shaped” and set it gently. Or you can get a friend or family member to toss the ball high (be sure to get under the ball!) and set it like that. Make sure you don’t hear a hitting noise. Setting is done with the finger-tips, not the palm!

    • hi says:

      Yes, the people on the bench participate, it may be that someone has gotten hurt or that someone needs to cool off. Sometimes the benched players may not play in a game but you usually won’t know until the time comes!

  7. Chanel says:

    👋 hello
    I’m going to be soon joining a volleyball team in middle school. I have practiced volley ball for a little while. But my issues are : setting & spiking
    Do you have any tips so I can make those better ?
    Thank you for your time. 🙂✨

  8. Chic n says:

    I want to try be on a volleyball team in high school or maybe next year in 8th. I actually never did a sport. Any tips of how I can improve in volleyball and `which position is easier to play?

  9. Sara says:

    This was really helpful because after watching Haikyuu I really got interested but didn’t know that much about the positions .

  10. Alex says:

    I haven’t had much experience with volleyball but I want to learn how to play, I don’t know which position would suit me best though

  11. Emilie says:

    Hi. I want to start playing Volleyball and i watch Haikyuu!! so i understand some parts. Im 5 ‘2 so im not really tall so i dont know what position would be good for me to practice.

  12. Ava says:

    I am in 7th grade and I want to start to train for volleyball. I believe I am 5’5 and want to play an outside hitter! I would like to work on jumping higher, anything related to spiking (I have just started and am not that good at it), serving, and endurance tips if anyone has any. I am really excited and am hoping I can improve with any help I receive!

    • Anna says:

      i’m joining my schools volleyball team next year ,so iv been practicing with my brothers in the street. Try having a sibling or parent set a ball up high for you, higher than you can jump. Then keep doing that and every time you hit the ball with your full palm have them set the ball higher. Do that repeatedly and your jump will slowly get higher if you do that for awhile each day. iv gotten my jump from like a 7’10 to a 8 in about a few weeks to a month. Also try doing jump squats do make your legs stronger. For endurance try doing wall sits start with 30 seconds then when that get easier go for a minute then keep going higher.

  13. Destiny says:

    Hi, I’m Destiny
    I love volleyball and I have a school volleyball match with other school’s on Friday on the 30th I’m having trouble with my set’s. This one girl said that I wasn’t doing it right is there anyway I can improve?. I’ve seen professional setters set and thought I was doing it right. I’m always open to improve anywhere I can it a sport that I can do. It’s fun and I always want any excuse to play volleyball I hope someone can help me out.
    Thx

    • Morgan says:

      First of all, if your coach doesn’t tell you that you’re doing it wrong, you probably aren’t! I think that trusting yourself is the most important part of learning volleyball because you need to develop your own technique that works for you. Second, try to watch youtube videos about HOW to set instead of just trying to copy a professional’s set because it is important to learn how to set instead of just doing it if that makes sense. For example, when you’re practicing, you may have the ball come straight to you, which is definitely easier, but in a real game, the ball will NOT come straight to you (it may be fast/slow, angled, or even have a spin), so you have to learn how to really set and what goes into a good set to have good sets. Unfortunately, skill doesn’t come overnight; you have to work at it, so from now on, I would practice high-passing the ball to a wall and then getting under the ball and setting it straight up. Again, this will not be easy but if you work at it, you WILL get there. Remember that some important tips for setting are having your hands in the rounded-triangle shape and having them HIGH, and NOT around your chest. You’ll do great-believe in yourself!

  14. Victoria says:

    Hey! Your weight does not matter, as long as you are fit and able to move around, you should be fine. Your stamina is important, not weight.

      • Morgan says:

        SAME!! I’m 4’11 too, but my parents are tall, so hopefully, I will get there. If you are a girl and younger than 15, you’ll probably sprout up. If not, try being a setter or libero (if you have good ball control). I’m short, though, and I am still an opposite hitter. It really depends on what you’re good at… and, hey-If you don’t grow, as long as you can jump, you’ll be fine.

  15. I love Haikyuu says:

    I really want to be a libero. Is there any tips of how to get better and I don’t know my height I think i am somewhere between 5’2 and 5’6. Is that a good height for a Libero?

  16. Ava says:

    hey guys i wanted to say this is my 2 months playing vollyball and it’s really good and i want to say that i really want to be libero >-<

  17. Jose says:

    Hey, I play volleyball but I’m really short.
    Is there any way that I can improve my jumps for spiking or blocking.
    Is there a way to be a defensive player but still attack as well

  18. Anabel says:

    Hi my name is Anabel and im going to become a volleyball player soon and im wondering what are the basic steps to becoming a good volleyball player and how can i improve my jumps, hitting and blocking?

    • Morgan says:

      Hey, Anabel!
      JUMPING- For jumping, when you are jumping to hit/spike the ball, make sure you squat as low to the ground as you can on your last step and bring your arms back and swing them up when you are jumping up. This was SO awkward for me when I was first learning to play, but now I am a hitter and this has helped me so much, as I am only 4’11 but I can jump to 8’1. To practice jumping, do wall sits for 30 seconds, then a minute, then a minute and 30 seconds… (so on), and practice low squats and burpees. (For the burpees, try to squat as low as you can and bring your arms back with you when you jump, jumping as high as you can). If you have a trampoline with a net, try low squat-jumping and keep doing that until you can easily reach the top of the guarding net. It may seem impossible, but with anything in volleyball, you just have to work at it and your skills will improve. In addition, when jumping you DO NOT want to touch the net, so face a wall and squat-jump and keep getting closer and closer to the wall, but try to never touch it. In volleyball, your setter will try to set good balls that are not too close to the net, but in reality, there will be some balls that come close, and no matter what, you must save those balls, so just get good at staying away from the net.
      HITTING- This is my personal favorite thing to do in volleyball, but I know a lot of people dread it. What makes a good hitter is someone that has a strong arm and can get any ball over the net. It helps to be taller, but I’m 4’11 and I am our team’s hitter (we’re undefeated), so as long as you can jump, you’ll be good. To strengthen your hitting arm, when you are reading or watching T.V., you can make a game out of holding your arm up (not resting on anything) for as long as you can. If you have to put your arm down, that is understandable, but after practicing this for a while, you should be able to hold your arm in place for 10-20 minutes. Also, have a parent/sibling/friend throw you balls and have you hit them over their head. Again, you won’t be able to do this at first, but it will REALLY strengthen your arm.
      BLOCKING- Personally, I hate blocking because I’m short and not really good at it. But, when blocking, you will need to hold both arms above your head for a long time. So, when watching T.V. or reading, hold both hands above your head and keep them there as long as you can. You will also have to be very close to the net when blocking, so try the wall exercise mentioned in the JUMPING portion, just don’t squat-jump from standing up.
      BUMPING (PASSING)- You didn’t ask for this, but passing is the MOST IMPORTANT part of volleyball, and everyone has to do it and everyone can improve. For passing, you want to find a good way to hold your hands (you can either lay your hand on top of your other hand (palms up) and bring in your thumbs so that they are parallel or you can make a fist with one hand and wrap your other hand around it with your thumbs parallel). You also have to hold your platform out straight and keep your body low (you need to get UNDER the ball). To practice, work on wall squats and free squats (not against a wall). Ball control is super important, too, so work on passing to the ball and angling.
      SETTING- Again-you didn’t ask for this but it is also very important in volleyball. For setting, hold a volleyball so that both of your pointer fingers and thumbs come together to make a triangle. Now, let go of the ball and maintain the shape of your hands that you had while holding the ball. Put your hands over your head and look up at them. BOOM. Now, you’re in setting position. When setting, it is crucial that you are under the ball and you get the ball high enough in your sets that the hitter can spike the ball or just hit it over the net. Practice bumping the ball against a wall and then getting under the ball and setting it straight up to practice. It will hurt your fingers at first (if you’re doing it right) but in time it will get better!
      That’s it! In volleyball, it is all about the TEAM so really connect with your team. Remember, NO DRAMA, be respectful, and be confident and trust yourself, but be open to criticism. And, at the end of practice, thank your coach and ask them what you can do to improve and practice at home-they will love your initiative! Other than the technical stuff, just try your best and make sure to practice. Remember, YOU GOT THIS! Get out there and play some volleyball!

      • Neferu says:

        Hi i am Neferu Carmona and im starting to learn volleyball i am in 7th grade in middle school i am 5.2 in height and i want to ask in which position should you guys recommend me that’s all thanks

    • hi says:

      So, I don’t really know about jumping but I do know that to improve blocking, wait until the opponent’s hand is at the lowest point and then jump so your hand is higher, remmeber to keep your fingers stiff and have your arms close so they don’t score right in between!!

  19. Elijah says:

    Hi, my name is Elijah and I was wondering how I could improve my serves and spiking. I am good at receiving, but I could get better at that but it’s my strongest point. I’m in 8th grade you see and I’m planning on doing volleyball in high school so I was wondering ways to get better before I go to highschool.

  20. Lilly Willson says:

    hi, I’m just starting to play in a new team and I feel pretty good about it but I’m scared about what the team is gunna think of me. they play well but I’m scared that I’m going to be the one the messes it up for the whole team.

    • Aaliyah Irais says:

      It doesnt matter what they think it matters if you believe in yourself and feel good about it and prove anyone wrong

    • Ken says:

      Don’t be scared of criticism besides it just a part of a game. two different criticism you must choose and then Accept it. One is that accept the criticism as a negative thing and two accept the criticism as a positive thing in order for you to improve and to be mature. That’s all, I hope you learn something.

  21. Aaliyah Irais says:

    If i have a shunt on my head would i still be able to play either way. Im a girl going int the 6th grade and i really want to play volleyball but unfortionately we’ll have to get permission from the state. im hoping to join a good volleyball team in 6th grade and hope to win! – Aaliyah i.

  22. Liosi Eleni says:

    I wanna start playing volleyball but I am short. I am nervous to go (probably next year) any suggestions on how to stop stressing, anyone?

    • Morgan says:

      Hey, Liosi!
      Just remember, be confident in yourself and practice practice practice! I am 4’11 but I am my team’s outside hitter! If you are younger than 15, too, you will grow. Just work on building your skills for now.

    • Ney-Ney says:

      ok if you wanna play volleyball and your short I mean you can play as long as you know how to play and being short can be useful watch haikyu and a lot of tips can help you and if you already watched it well good job so that’s all good luck. 😉

  23. chicken tendou says:

    I have a problem I would like to talk about. I wanna start playing volleyball but I am short and when I was little I has told that this sport is only for tall people so I lost confidence but now I started to belive I might be able to go even so, but I am rlly nervous. Any siggestions on how to stop stressing?

  24. JayLynn says:

    So sorry for disturbing you i’m on the short side of people and I cant run really fast but..I cant jump high like others and I was wonder what tips can I do to Jump higher? (btw People call me Hinata)

  25. ~Weeb~ says:

    I literally wasted my whole class time reading these comments and I have a couple things to say..

    #1. Haikyuu!! Is the best & I love it!

    #2. Volleyball is awesome and me & my best friend play it and are on a team

    #3. If anyone sees this comment Hi! I hope you have a great rest of your day!

  26. Danzi says:

    Hey! I’m thinking of trying out for volleyball, and I’m really good at setting and receiving, just not spiking. On top of that, I’m only 5’2-5’3, so what position would I be best at? I usually play with my parents or friends and family, but they aren’t the best at volleyball, so I want to learn and grow with other people that have the same interest as me. (If you have any tips on how to make my endurance better or how to improve my skills, please tell me :D)

    • ozzy says:

      Hi Danzi! I think the best position for you would probably be a librero because height does not really matter! (Hope this helps ^_^!)

    • Emma says:

      well I’ve got a bunch of tips lol hope they help <3 first for endurance, running and excercising, I know the feeling of getting home from school or work and just wanting to sit down and relax but actually if you excercise this will improve your stamina, normally I go for a run down my street (about 15 min run with a 5 min walk) at first I couldn't even run half the way but I gradually kept pushing myself more and more each time and now I can run basically the entirety of it. Afterwards I normally go and practice in my yard or at the local sport field. I then go inside once it gets too dark and I relax until it's time for bed, I do excercising before bed (400x crunches (with breaks of course), 200x squats, as many pushups as I can manage, as many finger push ups as I can manage and then I do my stretching, stretching is really important so don't forget it if you do excercise) and as for the skill part, I recommend practicing all aspects of the game so that you can improve at then all. If you are practicing with someone, I've got a few drills that I use for myself and friends. Serving/ receiving (2 + people), one person stands a few feet in front of a wall (so that you don't have to go and retrieve the ball constantly) whilst another person stands about half of a volleyball court away, maybe a bit more depending on their strength in their serve, the person serves it and the other tries to receive it, swap positions every now and then. setting/ blocking (2 + people) one person stands a few feet Infront of a wall positioning themselves to block,the other person stands where comfortable, not too close though and sets the ball to specific height e.g at the blocker's maximum reach and the blocker tries to stop the. from hitting the wall by blocking swap every now and then. sets/ receives (2 + people) , try to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible by either receiving, setting or overhand receiving the ball to the other person/ people. Setting (1 + people) you can choose to set to yourself or to others. Receiving (1 + people) you can choose to receive to yourself or to others. I've got a few more that I sometimes do, just stick with those for now though 😀 you can practice in a number of ways, by yourself and with others.

  27. Coleman Snead says:

    Hi I have a freind who I like who likes volleyball but is always worried that someone will make fun of her for how she plays. I also like her and want her to be my gf is there anyway I can help her get better and support her at the same time.

    • Connor says:

      Support her by helping her in practice drills and if you have that much dedication research about volleyball. No one will make fun of her at least as a volleyball player myself I have only been pushed to do my best by others. Good Luck on getting her to be your gf. 😉😏👌

  28. Soccer Girl says:

    I’m trying out for my school’s volleyball team and I’ve never played before. My mom played volleyball and even got a volleyball scholarship. She says I’m good but I’m still nervous. I’ve already killed it in my first season of basketball and on the top competitive soccer team for my age. Help!

    • Emma says:

      just be you, if volleyball is what you want to do then follow it. Some tips with the nerves is get to know your teammates a bit better so that you feel as bad when you mess up and you know that they have your back. If you make a mistake, just move on, don’t sweat it, you still have the whole game left just try your best.

  29. Kageyama_Simp says:

    Heyy Im sorry to bother you but I have a question. Im currently 15yrs old, and 5’4. I really really want to be a Middle Blocker. I can jump really high. Higher than 6ft. It it possible for me to become a middle blocker? (yes…I was inspired by haikyuu) lol

    • Uhhidk says:

      You can, but it depends on a few things. If the team you want to play on doesn’t have tall players you can be a middle, but if they do it could be tough to get the spot because it is faster for a taller person to put their arms up and jump, than it is for a shorter person to jump up to their height and try to block them. Having very fast reflexes would help a lot.

  30. Ken says:

    How can we improve to make the minus tempo? this is our problem together with my setter, sometimes we make it some was not. what are the tips that you can provide for us?

    • Jayden says:

      Practice. It’s best that the setter knows how fast and powerful the ball is going, and how high the set is. Then if you can time it right, you can slam the ball on the opposing side. You need to be able to jump high, and the setter needs to practice when, how fast and how high their set goes.

  31. Laikyn says:

    Ok so I’m trying out for the seventh grade volleyball team and I really want to make the team and I want to be either a libero or setter. What can I do to get better by Tuesday, May, 25, 2021?

    • Jayden says:

      If you want to be a libero, you need to get use to pain. Liberios constantly get hit with the ball, and have to dive on the floor to get the ball. You also need to practice receiving, and get use to thinking on the spot. For a setter, you need to know who to set for, when to set, the speed and power of the ball and finally the height. If it’s set to the wrong person, the spike will most likely be blocked. If you time it wrong, it might hit the floor. If you set it too fast and too powerful, then the spikers will have a hard time hitting the ball, and may even get injured if the accuracy is off. And finally the height. If you set it to high, then the spiker won’t be able to hit with enough force, to get a good spike. If it’s too low, it will most likely hit the ground or the net. So accuracy is important, and being able to tell how fast and high the ball is going, is a big asset.

    • Random weeb says:

      Right-Wing Spikers, also known as Right-side Hitters or Opposite Hitters, carry the defensive workload for a volleyball team in the front row. Their primary responsibilities are to put up a well-formed block against the opponents’ outside hitters and serve as a backup setter. I hope this was helpful Ana!

    • Jayden says:

      The spiker does attacks. Let’s use Kageyama (setter) and Hinata (decoy spiker) from the anime Haikyuu!!, as an example. Kageyama sets the ball in Hinata‘s direction, and Hinata has to jump and hit the ball over the net. Hinata needs precision to try and hit the ball over the net, in an area where other players (especially the libero) will struggle to reach. If the ball hits the floor, on the opponents side of the net, while staying in the boundaries, then Hinata has done a successful spike, and the team has one point. It all depends on the jumping height of the spiker, the accuracy of the spiker and the setter, the speed and the force of hitting the ball. The spiker cannot get balls that have bounced in the air from recieves, unless the setter has touched the ball, even a little. The spikers are also known as the Outside Hitter and the Opposite Hitter, which means there is usually two spikers per team.

  32. Random weeb says:

    Right-Wing Spikers, also known as Right-side Hitters or Opposite Hitters, carry the defensive workload for a volleyball team in the front row. Their primary responsibilities are to put up a well-formed block against the opponents’ outside hitters and serve as a backup setter.

  33. Jayden says:

    Hey. I’ve always wanted to be a outside hitter or a setter, but i can’t jump high enough. I can’t do sets well either, as my arms don’t work well, throwing in that way. I can do setter dumps, and I can spike, but most of my spikes hit the net, and my sets can never reach other people. Is there any way I can improve on spikes and sets?

    • Random weeb says:

      For the jumping, jump off the wall as many times as you can in one minute.Its not the way i practice but it works, i run and jump of the wall then while im in the air hit a ball my friend had set up and spike it. For the sets, this is from what i do but i have someone hang a thread with a small ball on it and set it towards there the ball which is where the person hitting it it going and slowly i learned how to set it towards the person without having to see where is has to go cause in real games, you will have to set it everywhere on the court and you learn to focus on the place the persons hand is going.im not professional but this is how i practice. I hope this is helpful jayden!

  34. Lyz says:

    Hi. I’ve been wanting to join volleyball for a while. We just moved and now I want to start practicing so I can get on a team. I don’t have a net I can use, but I do have a big family, and a couple bored friends. Is there something I can do to practice? I’m still trying to decide which position I want to play, but I wanna get really good at one and maybe ok at a different. Is that weird? Idk… is there any advice you could give me or something? I’m a little lost…

  35. Briell says:

    Hi I am planning on joining a volleyball club on our school also to be a setter like Tobio K. Can I have some tips or drills.

  36. Briell says:

    Heyya I’m Bri im a little newbe in volleyball but I’m very interested in the position of a setter (like Tobio K.).Can I have some tips or like drills thx for your time

  37. jade says:

    Hi I’m an soon to be 8th grader and I’ve been wanting to play volleyball but my school doesn’t have a team, and the fees for local teams have always been too expensive for my family to afford, so does anyone have advice on how to actually play on a team and not just playing by myself.

  38. Faith says:

    Hey, I have been playing volleyball for about a year now and I still don’t know my really position. My coaches have back row and then sub me out for someone who could go front row. They always have me play left back and I’m not sure what my actually playing position is. Do you know what it could be?

  39. liltang says:

    I’m guessing everyone in this website has been inspired by Haikyuu? Well,,, so have I, I’ve been watching this series for awhile now, and this inspired me to become a spiker, and blocker!

  40. Tenma Udai says:

    Bear in mind that Libero can only play in the back row… In my opinion, back row is one of the best places because that’s usually where the ball goes. Btw, Haikyuu!! is one of the best anime’s around.

  41. Aleia says:

    I really want to play volleyball for my high school but I’m only 4’10 and wondering will I be able to join JV because I’ll be a sophomore next year?

  42. Loreta says:

    Hi
    My Daughter what’s to learn to play
    She on the shorter side but she can jump for her hight 5.3 at age 13 and hit pretty good
    Would she be best as a Libero ?
    And what is the actual role of a libero

    • Daniel says:

      If she can jump and hit, dont let her be a libero (that will waste her talent). she can try any hitter position, or act as a decoy. For more libero information, you can search on youtube as it will provide extensive and comprehensive info

  43. kurooshair says:

    hi! im planning on joining the volleyball team in 7th grade 🙂 rn im in 5th grade and im trying to learn how to play. i want to be a libero or setter !! im kind of scared to join the team right now even if its in like 2 years lol i dont know if theyll like me or anything! also its not even a complete guarantee that ill get on the team, and i wont choose my own position the coach would! I know that I wouldnt want to be an opposite hitter or anything that involves really advanced attacking, setting would be hard and stuff but i have faith i can do it kinda? im 4’11 so im not really that tall, which kind of eliminates most spots on the team. please give me some tips!

  44. Tooru Oikawa says:

    Malo o lelei, I want to be able to play all positions but am leaning more towards an Outside hitter or a setter but Im roughly about 5’10 and SUCK at jumping. Help!

    btw, Shout out to all my weebs.

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