Volleyball Violations
Learn the basic rules in volleyball

Volleyball violations such as double hit, lift, player in the net, and out of rotation. 

Basic Violations in Volleyball

  1. Consecutive Contacts. A player may not hit the ball 2 times consecutively except when blocking, provided the contacts take place simultaneously. However, a player may make consecutive contacts on the teams first team contact, provided the contacts occur during one action.

  2. Four Hits. It's a violation for a team to hit the ball 4 times before returning it.

  3. Assisted Hit. It's illegal for a player or any object to assist a teammate in playing the ball.

  4. Catch. It's illegal to catch or throw the ball. The ball must rebound from the hit.

  5. Ball Crossing the Net Outside the Crossing Space. The ball must cross the net within the crossing space. The ball must cross over the net, between the antennaes and their imaginary extension, and without contacting the ceiling.

  6. Reaching Over the Net. There are official rules for playing the ball at the net.

  7. Penetration Under the Net. It's permitted for a player to step under the net into the opponents court provided that some part of the penetrating hand or foot is in contact with or is directly above the center line.

  8. Contact with the Net. Contact with the net is only a fault if contact is made during the action of playing the ball or if it interferes with play.

  9. Foot Fault. At the moment of service contact or take off for a jump serve, the server must not touch the court or the ground outside the service zone. After contact, he/she may step or land outside the service zone or inside the court.

  10. Attacking Faults. The following are volleyball violations for attacking... 

    A back row player completes an attack hit from the front zone, if at the moment of contact, the ball is entirely above the top of the net.

    An opponent completes an attack hit on a served ball, when the ball is in the front zone and the ball is entirely above the top of the net.

    The libero completes an attack hit, if at the moment of contact, the ball is entirely above the top of the net.

    A player completes an attack hit from higher than the top of the net when the ball is coming from an overhand finger pass by a libero in the front zone.

  11. Blocking within the Opponents Space. A blocker may place his/her hands beyond the net provided this action doesn't interfere with the opponents play. It's legal to block beyond the net, provided... 

    The ball would have crossed the net if not touched by a player and no member of the attacking team was in position to make a play.

    The ball is falling near the net and no member of the attacking team is in position to make a play.

    Contact with the ball is made after 3 team contacts.

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