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Volleyball rules (but the unwritten ones)

by WoV

Forget all about the referees and about the volleyball rules they have to use. What we are about to write here are the other rules. The real volleyball rules you won't find anywhere written. The rules that can make you win. Or lose. It depends on you. And how strong you are to apply them?



1. Don’t make mistake

Playing volleyball means winning points. Who wins the last point, wins the game. It`s totally different than basketball or football. You cannot win every ball. Somebody must make a mistake. Otherwise, the other team would never win a point and the game would never finish. The first thing that volleyball coaches say: “Don’t make mistake!” Not making any mistake means not taking any risk with a ball. And you’ll have to if you want to win…

The players tend to think about that… Don’t think about the mistake. Think about what that point can bring good to your team and you.



2. Get the best out of the ball

One very famous ex-volleyball player used to say (speaking to his setter): “Just give me the perfect ball, and I will score it! “

It’s easy to play when the receiver receives the ball perfectly in the middle of the net, when the volleyball setter can make a perfect pass and the spiker can find the ball always at the same, perfect position to kill.

What will you do when it’s not a receiver’s day? Or a setter is not feeling good?

You won’t play? Of course, you will play.

Or you’ll have a perfect excuse? Wink It’s easy to find excuses. Always!

Good volleyball players are not good because they kill a good ball, they are good because they get the best of the majority of the balls. The best of every single ball doesn’t mean score every ball because they also make mistakes. But their average is highly above the media of the other players. And not to speak about important points at the end of the game. That’s totally another story…



3. Make the point before your opponent makes it!

And this includes risk. More you risk, more you have the chances to win. Otherwise, your opponent will risk, too… How much should you risk? It depends of:

1. Situation

2. Your position

3. How do you feel that day

4. How the other team is playing


1. Situation: You don’t have to risk at the beginning of the set. Save some attempts for the end when the game gets warmer! Wink But show your full capacity at the end.

The other team makes a lot of mistakes and cannot find a rhythm? Just put the ball on the other side, they’ll do the rest.

2. Your position: Middle blockers tend to risk less because they get fewer balls. Most of the “bad” balls go to the receivers or to the opposites. But that doesn’t mean middles are not important. One ex-middle blocker used to say: “if middle blockers play bad, the team will lose. But if the middle blockers play good, it doesn’t have to mean the team will win!” Sorry middles, but that’s your destiny!Wink

3. How do you feel that day: You have a bad day? You don’t feel good, but you are on the court. That happens, too. Then help others from your team, some other game will be your game. If you cannot help, don’t make things more complicated than they really are for your team! BE A TEAM PLAYER! 



4. How the other team is playing: There are situations when there is nothing to be done: the opponent has a perfect day and they manage to do whatever they try. Resist, try to find the weak point. If there aren’t any, congratulate them and prepare for the next game. The good thing is that there’ll always be another game.

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