Do you know what the official volleyball rules are for playing the ball on the opponents side of the net?
Are there any situations when a player can reach over?
You probably already know that once the ball breaks the vertical net plane (part of the ball is directly above the net) anyone can make a play on the ball.
For example, if a ball is passed tight to the net, the opposing blocker can attack or block the ball once it enters the plane.
Setter's often get frustrated when the blocker interferes with the setter trying to make a play. Once the ball breaks the plane, it's anyone's ball, so this is smart play by the blocker.
We've all seen a ball passed up tight to the net and the opposing player jumps up and attacks the ball straight down. This thunderous hit usually provokes ooos and ahhs from the crowd. Sometimes in this situation the player is hitting the ball when the entire ball is on the other side of the net. Technically, attacking the ball when the entire ball is on the other side of the net is illegal.
There isn''t any situation where a player can attack the ball when the ball is completely on the other side of the net.
Attacking when the ball is completely on the other side of the net is illegal.
However, there are 4 situations in the official volleyball rules where you can legally block the ball on the opponent's side of the court before the ball breaks the plane.
The following are the 4 Situations you can legally reach over and block...
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