How to play volley ball

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In comparison to other team sports, volleyball may involve less physical contact but it’s still a challenging sport for the reason that the sport entails constant motion. Being only a rebound sport, no player can hold the ball but can only pass, set, hit, spike or block the ball.

The court

The offensive objective of each group is to send the ball without holding the ball — in such a way that it lands on the floor of the opposing team.

The players

Each group consists of 6 players that must rotate in a clockwise position each time the team wins back service time. Three players are at the net positions and the other three are in the back. Only the players in the net can block or spike near the net. Those at the back court may also spike or block provided that they jump from behind the three-meter-line, also referred to as the attack line.

In 1998, the International Federation of Volleyball introduced a new professional player position called the libero who is the only one that doesn’t take part in rotation.

The libero serves a critical role in receiving service and playing defense in the backcourt. Although he cannot serve, spike or rotate in the frontline, he holds the key to making his team conduct a successful offense by a combination of excellent passing and ball-handling.


Volleyball has embraced since 1998 a standard scoring system called the Rally Point System which enables a group to score a point regardless of whichever of those two teams is functioning. This is unlike the traditional scoring system in which only the team at service can score.

The ball is hurled into play by a service. Each team is allowed just 3 hits in the ceremony reception. The ball is volleyed back and forth in what is known as a rally. The rally goes on until the ball becomes grounded on the playing court, goes from the court or isn’t returned properly.

A receiving team which wins a rally not only gains a point but also wins the right to serve and the opportunity to rotate clockwise.


Matches are staged through best-of-five sets. The first four sets are all played to 25 points while the last or fifth set is performed to only 15 points. A team wins a set if he out scores the opponent by at least two points. As there is no ceiling point, a set continues until a team wins by two points.


During the early years of volleyball, the usual attire consists of baggy shorts and shirts. Shirts could either be sleeveless, short-sleeved or long-sleeved and paired with trousers or shorts.

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