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.
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Setters use volleyball hand signals to call the volleyball plays which are sets delivered at different speeds and locations to hitters to hit along the net. The setter is responsible for running her team's offense.
• 1 – Quick set above setter to the middle – Signal: One finger • 2 – High set in the middle in front of setter 3-4 ftabove net – Signal: Two fingers • 31- Quick set to middle hitter in the three position (same as 32 but faster) – Signal: Three fingers
This is the second most commonly used method to show hand signals in volleyball. All the setter does in this method is show the hand signals behind their back. This is an implicit method just like how method 1 could be implicit. I prefer this method because everyone can easily see what play is going to be made.
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So one very common hand signal that isn’t displayed on the chart but is regularly used is the set point hand gesture. When a team is on set point an official will clench a fist on the side of the team who has set point and hold it directly up in the air. This indicates to all players, officials and spectators that a team has set point.
Showing the left thumb means serving to the left side. Flashing both thumbs communicates serving down the center of the court. A setter can also shake his right hand to tell the server to serve to a weak passer on the right side of the court. Shaking his left hand lets the serve know to serve to a struggling passer on the left side.
Setter/Hitter Communication & Volleyball Signals Communication between setters and hitters is one of the most important aspects of running an offense. Using silent communication is one of the best ways to convey to hitters where they are going to hit.
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.