Three Person Formations
Volleyball Serve Receive Tips

Volleyball serve receive tips for passing in 3 player formations. The 3 player serve receive is preferred by teams that play higher level volleyball. 

Passing responsibilities are more straightforward because only 3 players need to communicate when passing.

With only three passers lined up to pass, this gives attackers more freedom to line up in different areas which then allows for a more creative offense.

The three person serve receive formation is basically a line of three players formed by the three primary passers.


Advantages to the "3 Passer" Reception

 1. With fewer passers there is less gray area between passers and you'll likely have less communication problems.

2. Just have the best 3 passers pass. You can hide the setter and two other weak passers.


Disadvantages to the 3 Person Serve Receive

1. Each player has more court space to cover.

2. When just three players are passing, often the setter must start far from the net (in order to avoid the overlap). This is especially true when the same 3 players pass in all six rotations.


Three Player Serve Receive Patterns

The following are examples of serve reception patterns for the three player serve receive when running a 5-1 offense.   

Setter in Position 5

Setter in position 5

Do you understand volleyball alignment?

This is the rotation order for the 5-1 setter in position 5.


three player serve receive volleyball order

This the serve receive alignment for the setter in position 5.


Setter in Position 4

three player serve receive rotation order volleyball

This is the rotation order for the 5-1 setter in position 4.


three player serve receive rotation order position 4 volleyball

This the serve receive alignment for the setter in position 4.


Setter in Position 3

Setter in position 3 in volleyball alignment

This is the rotation order for the 5-1 setter in position 3.


three player serve receive setter in position 3 volleyball rotation

This the serve receive alignment for the setter in position 3.


Setter in Position 2

Rotation order 4 with setter in position 2 volleyball

This is the rotation order for the 5-1 setter in position 2.


Serve receive alignment with setter in position 4 volleyball

This the serve receive alignment for the setter in position 2.


Setter in Position 1

Rotation for setter in position 5 volleyball

This is the rotation order for the 5-1 setter in position 1.


Serve receive 3 player alignment for setter in position 1 volleyball

This the serve receive alignment for the setter in position 1.

Serve Receive 6

rotation order setter in position 6 volleyball

This is the rotation order for the 5-1 setter in position 6.


This the serve receive alignment for the setter in position 6.







Volleyball Serve Receive Tips Related Pages

Basic Formations

4-2 Serve Receive

5-1 Serve Receive

6-2 Serve Receive
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