Volleyball Positions

Setter: The setter is arguably the most important position on the court and requires them to be a good team leader. They are the equivalent of a quarterback in football. They are involved on nearly every play and their job is to set up their teammates to attack the ball. While the hitters tend to get noticed for attacking the ball and scoring points, a good setter makes that all happen by placing the ball accurately for them to do so.

Passer/Defender: An assist is a pass or set that results in a point. For example if a setter sets a hitter and they are able to spike the ball to the ground of the opponent for a point. The setter would then be credited for an assist on the play.

Server: The server is the player that stands at the baseline with the ball and on the referee's beckon, tosses the ball up into the air and hits the ball over the net to put it in play. The serve is important because it's the skill for putting the ball into play. Serving begins a rally and without a serve, the ball can't be put into play. Serving is the only skill in volleyball that a player has complete control over because no one else touches the ball before the server does. A team can rack up the points when the server gets on a role and on the other hand if a server can't put the ball in play, it can be a real rally killer.

Spiker: The skill that everyone enjoys the most. The crowd goes wild for a huge spike or kill. Spiking is also known as attacking or hitting.

Blocker: A blocker is the first line of defense in the front row. A blocker may deflect a being attacked from the other team directly down into the other court for a point or deflect the ball to one of their own teammates to keep the ball alive and potentially win the rally. Blocking usually becomes more of an important skill when the hitters get taller and the ball is being played more often above the net.

Digger: A digger can be any size and helps to combat all the balls being attacked from the other side of the court. Digging out a hard spiked ball can be an equally exciting play in volleyball. One of the key volleyball positions in volleyball is the libero. The libero position was initially added to provide a unique position for smaller players. Today, the libero is a unique and important position that's played by players of many different sizes.

Libero: One of the key volleyball positions in volleyball is the libero. The libero position was initially added to provide a unique position for smaller players. Today, the libero is a unique and important position that's played by players of many different sizes. They libero wears a different color jersey and has some special rules.

1) The volleyball libero can't be in the game on the front row at any time.

2) The libero can replace any back row player, except the server, without it counting against the team’s allotted number of substitutions.

3) The libero enters and exits through the sideline between the ten-foot line and the end line.

4) The libero isn't allowed to hit, block, serve or set overhand in front of the ten-foot line.

5) Some organizations allow the libero to serve. NCAA and NFHS rules allow the libero to serve in one rotation. In FIVB and USAV competition the libero isn't allowed to serve.




The Server serves behind the baseline

The Libero wears a different colored jersey