How To Play Volleyball For Beginners

A great sport for your friends and family to dive into is volleyball, so let's discuss how to play volleyball for beginners. Volleyball is a game of serve, bump and pass. Keep it simple when you play with beginners, and have fun!

  1. Arrange the players. Usually it’s six players per team, in which you rotate clockwise after your serve is lost. Everyone will get the chance to serve the volleyball.
  2. Keep score. You get a point only when you serve and the opposing team is unable to successfully pass the ball back over the net within bounds. The first team to reach fifteen points with a two-point lead wins the game.
  3. Serve. For those who are beginning to learn to play volleyball, we recommend the underhanded serve. Stand near the baseline with one foot in front of the other. Do not cross the baseline or you will foul out. Hold the ball out in front of you and swing your free arm back and then forward. Toss the ball in the air before you serve so you don’t hit your other hand. The volleyball should arc upward toward the net and land on the other side.
  4. Bump. Beginner volleyball players will learn the bump first. Keep both knees bent with one foot slightly in front of the other. Place both arms out in front of you. Place one palm of one hand facing upward on top of the other palm of your other hand. Hold the thumb of the bottom hand across the the fingers of the top hand. Keep your top hand’s thumb outstretched. Pull the two palms downward with your wrist, arms stretched out in front of you, elbows bent. Notice how this keeps your forearms straight as a board, which makes for a flat surface for the volleyball to land on. This gives you more control. As you bump the ball, lift up with your legs simultaneously. This will help give the volleyball the momentum it needs.
  5. Aim. Don’t worry if your aim is off in the beginning. As you bump the volleyball, aim your arms toward someone. You get three touches on your side of the net before the volleyball must pass over the net. Keep in mind that you may only bump the ball once at a time. If you make a mistake and the volleyball doesn’t move forward, quickly move out of the way so your teammates can dig for the ball. After someone else has touched the ball, you are allowed to bump the ball again, but remember you only get three tries to get the volleyball over the net.
  6. Side out. This happens when a team is unable to pass the ball within three tries over the net or keep the volleyball in bounds. A side out allows the opposing team to rotate and a new server steps up to the base line.
  7. The save. When the volleyball spins out of control due to a bad pass or whatever craziness happened on court, rush toward the volleyball before it hits the ground and hit the ball with one arm or hand. Keep your hand in a fist position to hit the volleyball with the heel of your hand.
  8. Rotate players. In a game for beginners you are allowed to rotate players in and out of the game without restrictions, especially when you have more than six members per team. One idea is to rotate a player out when it's your team's turn to serve again. This will allow everyone a chance to serve the volleyball and possibly win a point for the team.
  9. Catching is illegal. Don’t catch the volleyball. Seriously, dudes. Don’t throw the volleyball and don’t hold the volleyball. Don’t touch the net; avoid it like the plague.
  10. Legal moves. Any part of the body may hit the volleyball. Again, seriously, dudes! That includes kicking. We’re not joking. Go look up the rules.

Children, adults and the elderly can all learn how to play volleyball for beginners. Just don’t give us any grief when grandma gets a point off of you!

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