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Basic Skills Needed For Volleyball
by: Tom Beagle

One of the worst situations that a volleyball team could be in is to show up at a game without being able to perform the skills they needed to able to be competitive. How to hit, being in the right place, physical conditioning, and a player's ability to jump can help to be competitive as well as gain confidence for the game. Getting back to the basics for volleyball can position a player to gain the skills necessary for victory.

General Playing Skills That Should Be Developed

1. Serving. This is what always starts the game and is a necessary skill. There are two basic types of serves. The first is overhand; where the player will throw the ball above their head, then hits it on the way down. The second is the underhand serve, where the server cradles the ball in one hand and swings their opposite arm underneath the ball to hit it. Once the one of these basic serves is mastered, a player can the practice variations of either one of these.

2. Pass or reception. This is usually set up by the setter of the game. It is used in order to receive the ball and set the ball up to the another player on your own team. They will then be able to put the ball to the other side like they want to.

3. Tip. A tip is used as a way to fool the other team into thinking that the ball will go further than in actuality. The player hits the ball lightly, making it just go over the net but not too far into the other team's side so that they can't hit it back.

4. Dig. This is the ability for a player to save the ball from hitting the court after it has been spiked. It usually requires a player to dive underneath the ball and extend his/her arms to make the save.

5. Rebound. This occurs when the ball stays on one side (from a block), making the players "rebound", or take the ball back.

Physical Skills That Should Be Developed

1. Quickness. Quickness is frequently mistaken for "being fast". A volleyball player does not have to have all out speed, but having quickness is a big plus.

2. Vertical Jump. All things being equal, a volleyball player that can jump higher than the opposition has a great advantage. Being able to jump up to hit a ball before your opponent does can help to win many points.

Developing the physical skills often leads to the further development of the game skills. Improving a player's quickness will help them respond more quickly and let them get to more "saves". A player that can jump higher will be able to tip and spike the ball over the opposition easier. And the development of both sets of skills work together to give the player more confidence in his or her ability to play the game.

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