Playing Positions in Volleyball. Volleyball positions in a team: Outside hitter (also called wing spiker, left side) Right side hitter (wing spiker, right side) Opposite Hitter (attacker) Setter. Middle Blocker (center, middle hitter) Libero. Defensive Specialist.
Outside Hitter. The outside hitter is a position that requires a good all-around player. The team relies on the outside hitter for a significant amount of serve reception. Sometimes, you need to pass and get quickly into position to hit the ball. Often, the outside hitter is a large part of the offense as well.
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This position – also known as the right-side hitter – plays near the right antenna. Opposite hitters tend to be players who have the most versatility and can excel on both offense and defense. The opposite hitter also needs to possess solid jumping skills. Opposite hitters must be able to hit the ball from the front and back rows.
Volleyball Setter. The setter is basically one of the most important volleyball positions in the entire game. The setter in volleyball is like the control tower or the mastermind behind the entire game’s flow. Basically, the setter is like the point guard in basketball or the quarterback in football.
The setter is to volleyball what the quarterback is to football. This volleyball position is often the most sought after. They are running the show and calling out the plays and running the offense for the team. It is their job to make sure the ball is where it needs to be so that a hitter can put it away. The second hit is owned by the setter.
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Setter. The setter is, in general, a volleyball position where the player is a leader on the court in terms of the flow of play. You may recall from above that a team has three touches available to them in order to get the ball back over the net and “grounded” on the opposing team’s side.
The easiest volleyball position is libero. Liberos don’t attack, don’t jump, so you don’t need to have much strength or be tall. It only involves defensive and in some cases setting skills. Now let’s explain in detail why it’s the easiest to be a libero and why other positions might be also right (or not) for you.
1. Volleyball position numbers. It’s also important to know that the position numbers DON’T CHANGE, but the players move through the positions. For example, position 2 is always in the front court on the right hand side, and position 6 is always in the middle of the back court.