How do you Play Volleyball?

Learning the basic rules of volleyball can get you started playing with others and improving your skills in no time! Read on to learn how the game is played, its rules and regulations, and to find the answers to frequently asked questions about the sport!

How the Game of Volleyball is Played

Volleyball is a game that can be played indoors or outdoors. The object of the game is to hit the ball over the net and into the other team’s territory, without letting the ball hit the ground. The team that wins the most points in a set, usually wins the match.

In full-sided volleyball, there are six players on each team–three on the front row and three on the back row. Players have to hit the ball over the net, block the other team’s shots, and set up plays.

To start the game, one player from either team serves the ball over the net. The receiving team has three chances to hit the ball back over the net. If the ball touches the ground then the other team gets a point. The first team to reach 25 points with a 2-point differential, wins the set. There are typically multiple sets in a match.

The Fundamental Rules of Volleyball

There are a few fundamental rules of volleyball that players must adhere to play the game. These rules include:

  • You must be behind the line on your side of the net when you hit the ball.
  • You cannot touch the ball twice in a row.
  • Carrying the ball is not allowed. This means that the ball must rebound from a player hitting it with their arms or hands without getting caught or thrown.
  • You may only use your arms and hands to make clean contact with the ball.
  • You can only contact the ball on your side of the net.

Violating any of these rules can result in a point for the other team. It is important for players to be aware of these rules and follow them closely to play the game effectively.

Volleyball is a fun and exciting sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. By understanding and following the fundamental rules of the game, players can ensure that they are playing safely and according to the official regulations. 

Standard Volleyball Rule Violations

There are several standard volleyball rule violations that can occur during a game. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Touching the net or court with any part of the body (except for the ball).
  • Crossing under the net.
  • Stepping on or over the boundary lines.
  • Throwing or batting the ball out of bounds.
  • Interrupting play before the referee has blown their whistle.
  • Not returning to your own side of the court after a rally has ended.
  • Hitting the ball twice in succession (a double hit).
  • Blocking or attacking a serve.

If a player commits any of these violations, they may be penalized with a point or side out, depending on the severity of the infraction. It is important to be aware of these rules and to follow them closely to avoid any penalties.

Frequently Asked Questions About Volleyball

What are the different types of volleyball?

Volleyball can be played in several different settings–beach, grass, and court–all equally as fun.  It’s a popular sport in schools and colleges. It’s also an Olympic sport! Depending on the version of volleyball being played, rules and number of players on the court may vary.

What are the dimensions of a volleyball court?

Depending on the age of the player, the volleyball and type of volleyball you are playing, court size should vary. A full-size indoor volleyball court is 59 feet by 29.5 feet wide.

What equipment do you need to play volleyball?

To play volleyball, you will need a volleyball net, two poles to hold up the net, and a ball.  Many players prefer to wear knee and elbow pads to provide protection when digging or diving for the ball. 

What techniques or skills are required to play volleyball?

Volleyball is a sport that you need to practice and play to develop your skills and techniques.  To get started, some helpful attributes are being physically fit and being able to jump. You will learn over time how hard to hit the ball, how to execute key volleyball skills (spikes, blocks, serves and more), and how to move your feet. Playing the sport will help you develop your reflexes, agility, and communication skills–after all, volleyball is a team sport!  

Contact i9 Sports® to Sign Up for a Volleyball Program Near You 

If you are interested in getting started with volleyball, contact i9 Sports® to find a volleyball league in your area.

Teenage volleyball player in a gray jersey with the number 13 looking through the net at the other team in red jerseys passing the volleyball.