Volleyball Rotations


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Volleyball Rotation Rules

Rotation is the formation a team uses while the opposing team is serving.  The rulebook specifies where each player may stand in relation to other players on the floor.  As soon as the ball is contacted, players can move with much more freedom but until that time, we are bound by the rules of overlap.  Our rotation is essentially the game plan that puts our team at an advantage, while still adhering to these rules.”
Excerpt From: Jayme DeHart. “Understanding and Implementing Volleyball Rotations.” iBooks.


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Whether you’re a coach or a player, understanding volleyball rotations can be tricky, albeit necessary. This book was written with the intent to help you understand the rules of rotation and the rules of overlap.  You have likely seen a rotation used before, but probably still have questions.  Answering questions is exactly what this book aims to do.   By the end, coaches will be able to design their own rotations, and players will know how to make alterations to the rotation while they’re on the court.

There are three common rotations used over the span of middle school, high school and college. Of course there are many variations to these, but these are without a doubt the most common.

To understand which rotation you should use for your team. You need to know what your setters are capable of, and how many setters you have of similar ability.

4-2 Volleyball Rotation

The “4-2” portion, is referring to the type of offense the team is running. There are 4 hitters and 2 setters. This is a very basic offense where the setters set from the front row. This leaves two other front row positions available to hit. The 4-2 rotation is a common volleyball rotation for beginners. It can be used at any level, but it is best suited for teams where you want to use two setters who are efficient at setting front sets but not ready to be setting back sets. It is also very useful for teams who have middles that love to run slides. 🙂


5-1 Volleyball Rotation

The 5-1 volleyball rotation is geared towards teams that want to use 1 setter throughout the entire game. If you have a setter who is at a different level than the others, this might be the rotation for you. With one setter, you can have five hitters rotating through the front row. At times, you’ll have three hitters in the front row. Your setter should learn how to attack to be an offensive threat when she is in the front row. This is a very common rotation in high school volleyball and college volleyball.

6-2 Volleyball Rotation

The 6-2 volleyball rotation works well when you have two setters who are of equal ability. If they can both set backrest and they can both run out of the back row to set. The advantage to this rotation, is that you will always have 3 front row hitters. The 6-2 rotation is a common high school rotation and college rotation.
 

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As always, you can learn more about this topic in my book, Understanding and Implementing Volleyball Rotations. It is available as a Kindle download on Amazon.

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