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If you have ever watched volleyball I’m sure there has been a stoppage and point awarded that has left you feeling somewhat confused. As you turn to the referee to look for clarification you may just see a variety of hand signals which only adds to the confusion.
Hand signals in volleyball can be extremely confusing, especially to the untrained eye. Seriously, when we first saw our first volleyball match we were wondering why one of the players was throwing up peace signs to the audience.
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Raise both arms vertically, palms forward. POSITIONAL OR ROTATION FAULT. Make a circular motion with the forefinger. BALL “IN”. Point the arm and fingers towards the floor. BALL “OUT”. Raise the forearms vertically, hands open, palms towards the body. CATCH OR LIFT. Slowly lift the forearm, palm of the hand facing upwards.
Slowly lift the forearm, palm of the hand facing upward. Raise two fingers, spread open. Raise four fingers, spread open. Indicate the respective side of the net. Place a hand above the net, palm facing downward. Make a downward motion with the forearm, hand open. Point to the center line or to the respective line. Raise both thumbs vertically.
Ball Out (Hand Signals Volleyball) When the ball goes out of bounds without being touched by the defender or the ball hits the antennae or crosses the net outside the antennae, you signal by raising both arms while keeping the upper arms parallel the floor. The forearms are perpendicular to the floor with elbows kept at a 90 degree angle.
Common Signals in Beach Volleyball. Closed Fist: This Beach Volleyball sign indicates that the blocker will not block the attacker that corresponds to the hand on which the signal is shown. In different teams, this sign is often changed with the Open Hand Beach Volleyball signal. It ultimately depends on the team’s preferences.
If your partner is serving and you are going to block, stand at the net and signal with your hands what you are going to block. Signaling 1 Signaling one finger with your left hand means you're going to block line on the right side hitter. Signaling one finger with your right hand means you're going to block line on the left side hitter.
In volleyball, the setter is the primary shot caller. The different offensive plays are often communicated via hand signals. A setter will share with his teammates what he has in mind for the next play via hand signals. Communicating this way allows the hitters to be aware of their role on the next point.