What is double contact and lifting in volleyball?
In the game of volleyball, you will find rules about how a player is allowed to place the volleyball. It can be especially aggravating for players to constantly be called for illegal ball contact. Being a coach is certainly nerve-wracking enough without having to put up with a player who does this on a regular basis.
There are basically two types of mistakes when it comes to setting up or passing the ball – double contacts and lifts. You will find conditions for the double contact rule; however, as you’ll notice, you won’t find any lifting exceptions. Beach volleyball rules and indoor volleyball rules apply to the examples below. However, beach volleyball has one exception.
Double contact made by a volleyball player on the initial touch is essentially legal. To illustrate, if the spiker hits the volleyball, the defender may touch the ball twice in an attempt to dig the ball. Double contact shall not be counted until contact is made after the primary play of the ball. Another possible scenario for a player making a true touch is if the ball bounces off your forearm and then off your shoulder. This is certainly acceptable as long as the player performs an “athletic motion” throughout the contact of the volleyball. Double contact will be whistled when the setter commits a foul in setting the ball or serving the volley once more after the first contact. It’s kind of easy to see double contact because the ball will come out of the player’s hands with a lot of spin and it just looks awkward.
Lifting the volleyball, which is essentially catching or throwing the ball, is not allowed during the entire match. You won’t find any exceptions to this rule there. When a player or setter primarily catches or throws the ball, it is a lift. The ball stops in the player’s hands and must essentially be thrown. This is called a lift, and indoor volleyball players will probably never get away with it. a great example of this is when a setter tries to field the ball from “below the belt”. The ball will need to be lifted above the shoulders for the setter to place. This happens often and will always be called lifting. Beach volleyball actually has different rules for this. The rules of beach volleyball allow the volleyball to be slightly raised as it is placed. It actually looks like the setter catches the ball and throws it. However, for some reason this is allowed in beach volleyball. Not surprisingly, it can’t be a total catch and throw. Everything should be in one motion. So by trying to set exactly the same way indoors as setters set on the beach, the referee will probably blow the whistle every time. It’s humorous because you can often spot setters who just happen to be beach volleyball players.
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