Tips : Four Basic Skills in Volleyball

Volleyball is a team sport that requires athleticism and skill to be enjoyed at the recreational or professional level. Players rotate positions on the court, so each player must be able to effectively perform multiple types of offensive and defensive moves.

Ready Position
Volleyball requires players to react quickly to conditions on the court as well as the ball. The ready position, while not a skill, is the best position for you to react to any situation on the court and is the basis for many volleyball skills. A good posture consists of a balanced base, feet no wider than the shoulders, hips back and knees forward but not stretching out past the toes. Shift your weight more to the balls of your feet, and keep the back straight and head up to read the court.

Shuffling is the term used to describe the correct form of movement on the court. From the ready position, take tiny steps in quick succession to move laterally on the court. Feet will never cross over if correct form is being used. Shuffling is the way players get into the right positions to make a play on the ball.

At some point in a volleyball match, each player is required to serve. A serve is the first hit of a point and designed to put the ball over the net and into play by the opposing team. It can be performed using an overhand or underhand stroke. A team gets only one chance at a serve, so the primary responsibility is getting the ball over the net, preferably in an area that is difficult for your opponent to defend.

Blocking is the most basic form of defense in volleyball that occurs at the net by front court players reaching up and preventing the opposing team from getting the ball to their team's side. According to Volleyball WA, a Western Australia Volleyball Organization, the key to good blocking is penetration, or reaching up over the net onto your opponents side to block the ball before it even gets to the net.

The Bump
The bump, also called a forearm pass or dig, is the most basic hit performed in volleyball. The bump is performed from the ready position; the player brings the forearms together as a platform to strike the ball. It can be used in defense of a serve or spike, as a pass to a teammate or even as a returning shot.