Well the Olympics are over and most of the fringe sports thrust into the spotlight of the sporting world will soon be forgotten, i want to make sure one sport isn't:
If you want a sport that involves the fast scoring pace and athleticism of volleyball with the a mixture of tennis. Than volleyball is the sport for you to play and watch.
I understand that most people play volleyball in the offseason from football/basketball if they have the time in high school, but I play volleyball full time at my high school in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada.
My school has a long history of excellence in volleyball as we have won 14 Provincial Championships in the 40 years of our high school, most of them occuring in the late 70's and the 80's were our school dominated Saskatchewan and winning almost every provincial championship during that span.
I love volleyball and play for my JV team, and I want to share the wonderful and fast paced game of volleyball here are the basics.
Types of Volleyball
Beach can be played with 2-6 players, usually with an even number of players in competitive competition. They are men's, women's and mixed competition. In the Olympics they feature the two on two style of Beach Volleyball, which is the most common one. The superstar tandem of Misty May and Kerri Walsh have dominated the womens game for the last four years and are currently on a 108 game win streak.
The outdoor game features the luxury of every player being able to make a kill at any time from any spot on the court, adding more difficulty and athleticism to the game.
The Indoor is played with six players on each team and has many different rules than the beach game. For example only the three front row players in the rotation can play the ball above the net into the opponent's side of the court ahead of the attack line. The three back row players need to jump from behind the attack line if they want to make a spike attack.
Only one person can sub into the game for each of the six positions on the volleyball court. The positions are front/back row power, front/back row middle, and front/back row setter.
The exception to the rule is the Libero, a player who specializes in defensive passes and wears a different color of jersey. This player can sub into the game for any of the six positions, but cannot serve or make any pass/spike over the net into the opponents side of the court.
The two types of main tournaments are the FIVB World Championships, held every four years, and the summer Olympics, held every four years as well.
Kill- When a player jumps and makes contact with the ball, usually with one hand, aboove the net into the opponents side of play. Also known as a spike.
Bump- An underarm pass used with the two forearms on any pass from neck height or lower, usually it is the first of the three passes allowed in the game of volleyball. Also called a dig, the dig usually involves a player diving while making a bump, digs can also be done with one arm, but most coaches teach diving bumps.
Sets- This is almost always the second pass in the sequence, and sets up the aforementioned kill. There is usually at least one player on the court who speciallizes in "setting" up the other five players for kills. The set consists of the player making the "Jay-Z" sign as I call it with the hans spread about a inch apart and pushing upwards with their hands and legs before the ball lands on the players head.
6-Pack- When a Volleyball player takes a spike to the face, while it is never good to hit a player intentionally in the face with the ball in other sports, the "6-Pack" is often a huge turning point in momentum in a volleyball game.
Power- Plays on the left side of the court, also called outside players these players usually take high sets allowing them to take longer approaches, therefore giving them more momentum and stronger hits. I play this position and let me tell you this is the most fun position in the game.
Middle- These guys are usually the tallest and most agile players on the team. Thyey perform low sets that are hit almost literally out of the setters hands, these players also block on both the right and left side of the net when playing front row. Helping out the outside and opposite side players with their blocking duties.
Opposite Side- Usually one of these players is the setter on the team, the other one is strictly a hitter, the setter directs the offence and decides where each set is going to go and who will get to spike the ball, the opposite side hitter will either play defence while back row, and block and spike when in the front, like the power and middle positions.
Formations for Indoor
4-2- Four Hitters and two setters, most popular in beginners play.
6-2- Basically a 4-2, but the setter always comes from the back row to set. This hence allows for six possible hitting options.
5-1- Basically a fusion of the 4-2 and 6-2 with one player assuming the setting responsibilities. This allows for 3 setting options ahead of the attack line and the advantage of the setter being able to dump or tip the ball over the line when the opponents aren't on their toes.
While I hope you are better informed of the game of volleyball and don't be afraid to ask any questions as there is more about the game than my brief description.