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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:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Can You Block A Serve?

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

Can You Block From the Back Row?

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

Can A Libero Block?

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



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