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Volleyball Turnover

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What is a turnover in volleyball?

Turnovers happen in volleyball when one team breaks one of the rules and the other team gets possession.

In volleyball a turnover is a mistake made by a team that results in a side-out. There are four key errors to watch out for:

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Hit Errors

When making a hit, a few things can result in a turnover:

  • if the ball goes out-of-bounds
  • if the ball goes into the net
  • if the ball comes to a rest during the hit
  • if the ball is hit twice by one (1) player
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Double Hit

A double hit is a mistake made when one player hits the ball two (2) times in a row without it hitting another teammate first. This results in a turnover.

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Four Hits

As we learned before, each team has to get the ball back over the net in a maximum three (3) hits. That fourth hit, results in a turnover.

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Pass Errors

When passing, a few things can result in a turnover:

if the ball goes out-of-bounds

if the ball goes into the net

if the ball comes to a rest during the pass

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Carry

If the ball stops or comes to a rest during contact with a player, this is called a lift, carry, or hold. The player's contact with the ball must be brief. If the referee sees a carry, the other team will get the ball.

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Shank

A shank is a slang term for a poorly done pass. If a pass goes somewhere other than the player intended, it may go out-of-bounds and result in a turnover unless a teammate can save the ball.

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Block Errors

When trying to block the ball, a few things can result in a turnover:

  • if the blocker hits the ball before the attacker
  • if the blocker hits the ball at the same time as the attacker
  • if the ball goes out-of-bounds
  • if the blocker touches the net
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Can You Block A Serve?

Players on defense are NOT allowed to try to block the serve.

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Can You Block From the Back Row?

Back row players are NOT allowed to make blocks or assist with blocks.

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Can A Libero Block?

Liberos are known as defensive specialists, but they CAN NOT make blocks or assist with blocks.

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