By: Madison Kretzschmar

Here is a picture of me (Madison) serving for club volleyball in 2014.

What is Volleyball?

People like to play volleyball, because they can play a competitive sport with all of their friends. It is somewhat a mixture of "Don't Let the Ball Touch the Ground" and "Bounce Ball". You go to two matches (of 25) out of three (if there is a tie between the two games, you would go into a third match) and you have to win by at least two points. For example, the score would have to at least be 25-23 but, if the score is 25-24, you would have to keep playing until the score is two numbers apart.

Problems in Volleyball

There are some cases in volleyball where a pass might be going too hard or out of bounds on your side of the court and you would have to go try and save it. In order to save a ball that goes out of bounds by your own team, you have to use as much speed as possible and get in a position that will make the ball still in play. Usually the second touch is for the setter, but if the ball is on the other side of the court, the setter can yell "HELP" so that people will know to help the setter by getting the ball.

Another problem that might occur is the other team might have a very good kill, so the ball may be hard to dig or pass. The way you would have to get the ball is to pancake down so that you can get underneath the ball. You would have to get down on your stomach and try to get the ball as best as you can. After you do that though, you have to roll out of it, so you can hurry and get up for the next play.

There are many things that can go wrong in volleyball. There are many solutions to those problems though. Volleyball takes major teamwork, so you have to get along with your teammates on the court, even if they aren't your friend or you two just don't get along. All of that has to be washed away on the court. In all, teamwork is the best key to volleyball.

The Drill "Spot Serving"

Spot Serving is a drill in which you serve to a certain spot on the volleyball court. The first thing that you need to know is that there are six different spots on the both sides of the court. The first spot is called "right back" and that is the spot you serve at. Next, hat spot is spot two and is called "right front" and that is where the setter moves to set. The third spot is called "middle front" and that is where the best hitter usually moves to. The fourth spot is called "left front". The fifth spot is in the back and is called "left back". The last spot is the sixth spot which is called "middle back" and is usually where the best person that can pass or dig. With all that being said Spot Serving has simple rules. Your coach or yourself says a spot on the court on which you should make the ball land. The goal of the drill is to make eventually land the ball in each of the spots. It's not as easy as it sounds!

What can Volleyball do for You?

Volleyball takes a lot of skills that have to be learned. Therefore, volleyball can help you have better agility and coordination. There is also quite a bit of stretching and running involved, in order for volleyball players to stay in shape.

If you play in the front row in volleyball you need to be able to jump at least a little bit. There has to be a jump when you hit or spike the ball so that you can get more power on the ball. Jumping keeps you in good shape because you can lose calories and it can build up the strength in your legs. Coordination is also a big part in volleyball and all of the other sports, because there you can pick things up easier. Also, when you stretch in volleyball it can help no matter what you are doing. It can help you when just walking through the mall! Lastly, running is also a big help in volleyball and life.

The point I am trying to show though is that volleyball can keep you in shape. The biggest thing though about volleyball is, it can make moving around and losing weight easier for you throughout life.

Volleyball.. I worked hard to get there.

Serving vs. Spiking

Serving and spiking are two totally different parts of volleyball. There are some similar parts about them though. Below is a compare and contrast chart of the two.

1. What do you do in the drill Spot Serving?

a. Pass to the setter.

b. Save a ball that goes out of bounds.

c. Serve to a certain spot on the court.

d. Serve to wherever you want, as long as it lands in.

2. How many hours was the worlds longest single volleyball game?

a. 20 hours

b. 5 hours

c. 68 hours.

d. 51 hours

3. How many matches are in a volleyball game usually?

a. 3 out of 5

b. 2 out of 4

c. 2 out of 3

d. 1 out of 2

4. What is the biggest effect volleyball can have on you?

a. Help lose weight and moving around easier/having coordination.

b. Move your feet good.

c. Graduate high school.

d. To see who is the best volleyball player.

5. What does the setter yell when they can't get to the second ball?


b. HELP!

c. BALL!

d. MINE!



Bump: A common term for forearm passing.

Coordination: The ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and being able to move your feet into different positions.

Dig: Passing a kill or passing an attacked ball close to the floor.

Pancake: A one-handed defensive skill where the arm is extended and the palm of your hand is sliding along the floor as the player dives and has good timing, so that the ball bounces off of the pass.

Serving: One of the six basic skills; used to put the ball into play. It is the only skill done by one player.

Set: The skill where the ball is directed to a place where a player can spike it into the other team's court.

Setter: The player who has the 2nd of 3 touches of the ball who "sets" the ball with an "Overhand Pass" for a teammate to hit. The setter normally runs the offense or be the leader of the team.

Spike: Also hit or attack. A ball contacted with strength by a player on the team with the ball who intends to slam the ball on the opponent's side or off the other team's blocker.

Teamwork: The action of a group of people, especially when effective.

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