When playing volleyball, players don’t just need to learn the skills but also understand what different terms mean during the game.
If you want to become a better player, it’s time to get familiar with some volleyball jargon while working on your game. Read on to work on the former.
The most basic part of volleyball is serving, so you already know what that is. Serving is the starting point of a volleyball game. This term describes the action of bringing the volleyball into the gameplay by hitting it across the volleyball to the opponent’s side.
Hitting is an offensive attack from one team to the other team’s side of the volleyball net. While hitting, hitters must jump up and hit the ball over the net in an overhand motion.
In volleyball, the game doesn’t stop, meaning the ball doesn’t come to rest; the players must constantly pass it around or hit it. So passing in volleyball is when a player from one team has to pass the ball to team members using their hands.
This often happens when the team receives a hit or a serve from the opposite team.
The setting is one of the essential volleyball terms you must be aware of. Generally, a setter on the court is responsible for setting. The setter will pass the ball to another player using their hands so that the other player hits the volleyball over the net.
Different sets depend entirely on where the hitters plan to hit the volleyball.
Ten-Foot Line or the Attack Line:
You’ve probably heard people mention the attack line or the ten-foot line. This line is ten feet away from the volleyball net and separates the back and front row. So, players standing behind the line can only jump to hit from behind the line.
A side out is a term used to describe when the team receiving the serve scores that point. In simpler words, they side out by scoring the point and becoming the team to serve the volleyball.
As the name suggests, a kill is an attack made by the hitter. In this, the opposing team fails to return the volleyball. This usually happens when a passer is unsuccessful in making a pass or the volleyball hits the ground on the receiving team’s courtside.
Ever heard someone mention an ace on the court, but you didn’t know what it meant? Next time someone mentions an ace serve, remember it’s a serve the opposite team fails to return. As a result, the serving team scores. Mostly, an ace serve hits the opposite team’s floor, or a player touches it but fails to pass the volleyball to the next player.
This term is used when a ball-handling violation occurs. A double is when a player in the game touches the volleyball twice before passing it to another player.
A pancake is when a player dives into the game and puts their hand flat on the ground to prevent the volleyball from touching the fall. In most cases, the ball bounces off the hand and goes back in the air, allowing other players to pass the volleyball.
If the hitter is blocked, the rest of the players get ready to pass the ball. When that happens, it’s called covering. They’re covering the area the hitter leaves when they’re at the volleyball net hitting.
A float is a serve that has no spin. As the name indicates, it floats over the volleyball net and can be challenging to pass as it keeps shifting from side to side.