Outside Hitter Opposite Middle blocker Setter Team USA Libero • References
Outside Hitter (OH) • An outside hitter is the player who hits and block on the front left side of the court. • This player also know as a left side hitter. • On offense, this person is usually one of the main passers and a go-to hitter. • The outside hitter gets lots of swings at the ball not only because the outside is where the ball goes most often when the pass is not perfect. • An outside hitter is a great all-around player. • Not only does the outside need great ball-handling skills, but he needs a solid hitter and blocker.
Outside Hitter (OH) cont. • 4 Keys to be an outside hitter • Good height, but not necessarily the tallest on the team • Good ball handling skills • Good passer and digger • Solid hitter who can kill a perfect set and can also work with an off the net or over the shoulder ste
Middle Blocker (MB) • A good middle can read the opponents setter like a book and is quick enough to get from one end of the court to the other to block the ball. • The middle also hits quick sets and keeps the other team’s defense off balance. • Learn the ins and outs of being a great middle blocker and a major key to your team’s defense.
Middle Blocker (MB) cont. • 3 Keys to be a Middle Blocker • Height • Quickness • Strength
Opposite (OPP) • The opposite plays opposite the setter on the right front and hits sets behind and in front of the setter. • The opposite is responsible for blocking the opponent’s outside hitter, which means the person who plays opposite needs to be a solid blocker as well as a good hitter. • The opposite is also needed to pass and set, so should have great ball handling skills.
Opposite (OPP) cont. • 5 Keys to be a Opposite • Good height • Good blocking skill • Good setting skill • Good passer • Quickness
Setter (S) • The setter is much like the quarterback in American football or the point guard in basketball. • The setter is the backbone of the offense and makes the decision about who gets the ball when. • The setter touches the ball on the second contact and delivers it to hitters. • The setter needs to be able to take in a lot of information at once and to make good decision in a split second. • It doesn’t matte how good a team’s hitters are if it doesn’t have a setter that can consistently deliver a good ball to hit • Thus, the setter is a very important position in volleyball!
Setter (S) cont. • 7 Attributes • Good leadership skills • Good hands • Consistency • Good communication skills • Good understanding of the game • Quick decision-maker • Ability to multi-task
Libero (L) • The libero is a defensive specialist position • The libero plays in the backrow and has impeccable ball control. • The libero needs to be great passer and an even better digger. • The libero is all over the court to keep the ball in the air for the team to create scoring opportunities.
Libero (L) cont. • 2 simple but the most important keys to be a Libero • Good passer • Good digger
Team USA M • Donald Suxho #7 S • Matt Anderson #1 OH • Russell Holmes #12 MB • Clay Stanley #13 OPP • Reid Priddy #8 OH • David Lee #4 MB • Rich Lambourne #5 L
Team USA W • Linsey Berg #4 S • Logan Tom #15 OH • Christa Harmotto #13 MB • Destinee Hooker #19 OPP • Megan Hodge #11 MB • Jordan Larson #10 OH • Nicole Davis #6 L
References • Oden, B. (2012). Volleyball by position. Retrieved from http://volleyball.about.com/od/volleyball101/p/PositionHub.htm • NBC. (2012). Team usa. Retrieved from http://www.nbcolympics.com/team-usa/athletes/sport=volleyball/index.html • Volleyball positions. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.strength-and-power-for-volleyball.com/volleyball-positions-terms.html