You can impress your coach and friends with your volleyball terms vocabulary. By using these terms as often as possible, they will really think you know what you’re doing…even if you don’t!
Auxiliary setter: the player assigned to set when the designated setter cannot; usually the right-front player.
Block Assist: A successful attempt by any two or more front rowplayers to intercept the ball near the net that results in the termination of the rally. Any person involved in the block attempt that terminates the rally receives a block assist.
Bump Pass: The use of joined forearms to pass or set a ball in an underhand manner.
Cross Court Shot: An individual attack directed at an angle from one end of the offensive team’s side of the net to the opposite sideline of the defensive team’s court.
Dump: Usually performed by the setter, who delivers the ball into the opponent’s court on the second contact.
Extension Roll: A move to the floor which enables a player to dig the ball.
Forearm Pass: Sometimes referred to as the “bump” or “dig”. Joinyour arms from the elbows to the wrists and strike the ball with the fleshy part of your forearms in an underhand motion. Introduced inthe late 1940’s as a desperation play, the forearm pass is now rated by many as the most important fundamentals in volleyball.Foul: A violation of the rules.
Hitting Percentage: A statistic derived from total kills minus total attack errors, divided by total attempts.
Jump Serve: The server uses an approach, toss, takeoff and serves the ball with a spiking motion while in the air.
Men – Seven feet,11-5/8 inches high (2.43m).
Pancake: one-hand floor defensive technique where the hand isextended and slid along the floor palm down while the player dives or extension rolls, so that the ball bounces off the back of the hand.
Pump: Play in which an attacker fakes spiking a quick set, and then hits a medium-high set at the same location.
Quick scoring: a format for scoring in which points can be scored by either team on every serve (Rally Scoring)
Release Set: High set, usually delivered to the left sideline, when the play goes awry. (“Outlet”)
Round-House Serve: The arm moves in a windmill action, and the ball is contacted directly over the hitting shoulder.
Two Set: A vertical set that travels from 3 to 5 feet above the net. Usually set for the middle hitter.
Underhand Serve: A serve performed with an underhand striking action. The ball is usually contacted with the heel of the hand.
W: A serve-receive formation with three players in the front row, two in the back.
Wipe: To deliberately spike the ball off an opponent’s hands and out of bounds.
Wing: The defensive players in Areas 5 and 1.
X: A cross in which the middle attacks a front one and the right attacks a two to the left of the middle.
Yellow Card: Given by the official to a player or coach as a warning of misconduct. Two yellow cards results in an automatic red card.