wikiHow to Score in Volleyball

Four Methods:Scoring In VolleyballWorking With Your TeamLearning How To ScoreGetting The Right Physical Training

Volleyball is a great team sport that many people enjoy playing. However, you may feel that your team or your own performance could be improved. Scoring more points and winning more games requires you and your team to work well together and master the techniques of volleyball. Learn and practice these techniques to improve your game and score more often.

Method 1
Scoring In Volleyball

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    Know who can score. During a volleyball match there are rules about which players may strike the ball and when. Front row players are going to be the ones who are focused on this task while back row players are forbidden from striking the ball. However, if the back row player jumps from behind the attack line, they are then allowed to attack and score a point.[1]
    • Back row players cannot attack while standing in front of the attack line.
    • Front row players will be more likely to score points.
    • Front row players can reach over the net to block but only after the other team has used their three moves.
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    Don't worry about which team serves. The original rules in volleyball stated that only the team serving could score a point. However, the rules have been updated and now any team can score a point regardless of which team served the ball. Stay focused and always look for your opportunity to score whether your team served or not.[2]
    • The ball is now allowed to touch the net on a serve.
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    Avoid violations. The game of volleyball has many rules that must all be carefully followed. If the rules are broken a violation is leveled against a player. Avoid some of the more common violations to keep your team strong and increase your chances of scoring:[3][4]
    • Do not touch the net when the ball is in play.
    • Do not hit the ball more than four times.
    • Do not catch the ball or hold it.
    • Servers cannot step beyond the back-line when serving.
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    Use a score sheet to keep track of points. There are many free and easy to understand score sheets available on-line. These score sheets can be printed off and will allow you to quickly and accurately track a large amount of information during a game. Look over some of the following common elements of a volleyball score sheet to get familiar with their structure:[5]
    • Information about the match including time, location, date, and the level of the match.
    • Places to list the players numbers, names, serving orders, and substitutions.
    • An area to track the running score.
    • Charts to track any sanctions against players for violations of rules.
    • Names of the referees and scorekeeper.
    • A place to write the final scores and for the judges to sign off on them.

Method 2
Working With Your Team

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    Be aware of rotation. Most sports will have dedicated positions for players to take and become masters of. However, volleyball will require players to change positions during a game. For this reason you and your teammates will need to become confident playing any role necessary during a game.[6]
    • Whenever your team gains the serve back you will need to rotate.
    • After a successful serve players can change positions. However, players in the back-court can't move up the court.
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    Drill with your team. Although you can practice your own technique you will need to practice with your entire team to increase the amount of points scored. Scoring points during a volleyball game will be highly dependent on excellent teamwork. Practice with your full team in order to increase the amount of points scored.[7]
    • Practice both defensive and offensive drills with your team.
    • Try to simulate actual games with your team to develop techniques for realistic situations.
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    Practice often. Getting regular practice is key when maintaining and developing both individual and team skills. A good coach should be scheduling your teams practice sessions and making sure that everyones skills are at their sharpest. Make sure you and your team are getting regular practice to score more often during your games.[8]
    • Repetition will cause you to become more familiar with the techniques of volleyball.
    • Make sure both you and your team are fully focused during training and practice.

Method 3
Learning How To Score

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    Learn how to serve. Serving the ball is the opening move for any volleyball match. The serve will send the ball over the net, being sent from the server to the defending team. Serving the ball properly can result in an immediate point being scored or will at least give your team more time to work to score a point later on during the rally.[9]
    • The easiest serve is the underhand serve. Hold the ball in one hand and bring your other hand up to strike the ball, sending it over the net.
    • Overhand serves are more difficult but can be more powerful. Toss the ball up into the air with one hand and strike it down and over the net with the other.
    • You cannot cross the end court line when serving.
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    Improve your passes. Passing the ball to your teammates will be a critical part of scoring more points in a volleyball match. Without proper team work your team won't be able to set up the ideal attacks. Review some of the following points to learn how you can best pass the ball and increase your chances of scoring:[10]
    • Curl your hands into fists with your thumb on the outside.
    • Bring your hands together.
    • When passing the ball, strike it with your forearms. Do not use your wrists or hands to pass the ball.
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    Practice your blocks. Beyond offensive skills, defending your team can help keep the ball out of play, stop the opposition from scoring and get the ball back under the control of your team. Keep some of the following points in mind when practicing your blocking:[11]
    • The front three players will be in charge of blocking.
    • Blockers should reach over the net when blocking a shot.
    • You will need to pay careful attention to where the ball is and where you expect it to enter your side of the court.
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    Work on your setting skills. Setting the ball will likely fall to you during a game of volleyball and it's an important skill to develop. By properly setting the ball you will be lining up the best possible shots for your hitters to take. Try to remember some of the following concepts when developing your setting skills:[12]
    • Start with both hands up above your head.
    • Have your fingers wide before contacting the ball.
    • As the ball touches your hand, bring your fingers together and push it away from you.
    • Send the ball over to your teammate who is ready to strike it over the net.
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    Build your hitting ability. Striking will generally be the way your team will score goals. The striker is given the ball by the setter and then attempts to send the ball through the oppositions defense. If the opposition cannot stop the strike your team will score. Practice your striking to make your shots count.[13]
    • Approach the ball as it comes to you.
    • Squat low and get ready to jump up to meet the ball.
    • You will strike the ball as you would during an overhand serve.
    • Try to send the ball away from opposing blockers.

Method 4
Getting The Right Physical Training

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    Train your jumps. A big part of playing a better game of volleyball and increasing your chances of scoring is having a strong jump. Jumping will allow you to better control the position of the ball on the court. Practice some of the following training methods to build strength in your legs and increase your jump height.[14]
    • Squats can help build strength in your legs.
    • Taking or training on stairs can improve your jump strength.
    • Running hills is a good way to improve leg strength and cardiovascular function.
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    Strengthen your core. Strengthening you core can help with your stability and power during any movement and will help boost overall performance when playing volleyball. Use some of the following exercises to help build a strong and powerful core:[15]
    • Static planks are a good exercise that focus on building core strength.
    • Side planks will target your obliques and build a strong core all around.
    • Squats are a dynamic movement than can improve both leg and core strength.
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    Keep your shoulders strong. Many volleyball players sustain injuries to their shoulders. This is largely due to the amount of overhead arm movements that the game requires from players. To prevent injury to your shoulders you will need to keep them strong and flexible. Try some of the following exercises to protect your shoulders and keep your volleyball game at it's peak.[16]
    • Push ups are the simplest exercise you can do to build stronger shoulders.
    • Try adding different elements to your push-ups such as doing them on a stability ball.
    • Make sure to maintain your range of motion and flexibility by stretching your shoulders out before and after a workout or training session.


  • Teamwork is critical for scoring more goals in volleyball.
  • Practice both as a team and as an individual.
  • Improve your overall level of fitness to increase your effectiveness as a volleyball player.

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