Are you new to indoor volleyball and feel like you're playing a whole new sport full of complex rules and fancy lingo? Fear not, beginner volleyball players! In this post, we'll break down the basics and give you everything you need to know before hitting the court. From the fundamental moves to some insider tips, read on to bump, set, and spike your way to volleyball glory.

Know your enemy, ahem, the ball

If you're new to volleyball, the first thing you need to get comfortable with is the ball. There are differences in the indoor and outdoor volleyball balls.

The indoor volleyball should weigh between 9 and 10 ounces and measure between 22.59 - 26.34 inches in circumference. 

Before you even think about serving or spiking, make sure you're comfortable with the ball's weight, size, and shape.

Basic moves

Volleyball is a very dynamic sport, and though you must familiarize yourself with all the actions, there are three fundamental moves worth mastering: the bump, the set, and the spike.

The bump is when you use your forearms to pass a ball that is headed toward you.
The set is when you use both hands to set the ball to your teammate who will then attack.
The spike is a powerful downward hit, using one hand, to send the ball back over the net to the other team.

These three moves are the bread and butter of volleyball, and every beginner volleyball player should have them in their arsenal.

Ball Possession

The game's rules dictate that only one team can touch the ball at a time. So, if someone on your team has made a move and touched the ball (bump, set, or spike). The team can touch the ball three times. Then the team cannot touch it again until it passes over the net. Be mindful of the net's height, since it is not adjustable and must measure 7 feet and 11 5/8 inches for men and 7 feet and 4 1/8 inches for women.

Communication is key

In indoor volleyball, players need to act quickly and work together. It is essential to keep an open line of communication with your teammates. When passing the ball, shout "mine" or "help" so that your teammates know where you are and what you are doing. If a teammate is about to touch the ball, be sure to call out "got it" so that your teammate don't accidentally interfere. When setting up an attack, shout "ready" to let your teammate know that the set is coming their way, and they can prepare to spike.

Insider tips

Always remember to breathe. Volleyball is a fast-paced game that requires a lot of energy, so take deep breaths to keep your stamina up. Second, stay low and keep your knees bent; you'll have better stability and mobility that way. Third, always be game-ready. Keep your eyes on the ball and survey the court to anticipate the next move. And fourth, practice makes perfect. Volleyball may seem intimidating at first, but like any other sport, it requires practice and dedication to get better.

Bump, Set, Spike!

Indoor volleyball is a fast-paced sport that can be easily picked up by beginners. By mastering the basics of bumping, setting, and spiking, you'll be well on your way to enjoying this sport. Remember to communicate openly with your teammates, stay energized, and keep practicing. With the above tips and tricks, you'll be well on your way to being a pro in no time. Now, it's time to hit the court and show off your skills!

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