The game of volleyball has certainly evolved through the years. As the game advances, more and more terminologies are introduced in the playing field. A refresher on these terms would help volleyball newbies and old timers alike get a better grasp of the game.
Spike – A common term used inside and outside sports. In volleyball, however, it is defined as an offensive player’s overhead one-arm motion ball attack attempt to score a point. This is one of the most explosive and exciting maneuvers in the game. Perfecting a spike does require practice to execute properly. If not performed properly, landing after a spike could lead to injury.
Kill – One way to kill is to do a spike. The kill is equivalent to scoring a point or successfully completing a play on your team’s favor.
Block – Blocking is a defensive team’s play to deny a kill. It is done by one, two or even three players anticipating an offensive spiker and preventing the ball entry with hands and aiming to return the ball to the hitter’s side of the court.
Serve – Once a play resulted in a point or a kill or a side out, another play is meant to be started to resume the game. This is done through serving. Knowing how to serve is among the basic volleyball skills. It is also known as a skill solely controlled by one player.
Weak Side – When you perform a service, you want to aim for the weak side of the opposing team. In this manner, they would have less control of the situation, increasing your team’s chance of gaining a point. Usually, for right-handed players, it is the right side of the opposing team’s court that supplies the easy target.
Volleyball is a team sport. Training with a team can accelerate your learning. Reading training programs also helps.