ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

An Intro to Defensive Strategy in Volleyball

Updated on March 15, 2015
Defensive strategy will vary significantly from one team and type of volleyball to another.
Defensive strategy will vary significantly from one team and type of volleyball to another. | Source

An optimal defensive volleyball strategy will depend to some degree on the size of the team, while other tips are relevant to any form of volleyball. The importance of defensive technique during the game also varies; for example, it is often much more important in reverse coed double games than in six-player volleyball. However, it still goes without saying that any team that works on their defensive skills has a better chance of winning than those that only focus only on offense.

A common mistake in volleyball is to spend so much time focusing on offensive prowess that defensive ability suffers. Ideally, your team should work on improving both its offensive and defensive capabilities. The optimal defensive strategy will vary somewhat from one situation to another.

Many principles of defense willl apply to both men's and women's volleyball.
Many principles of defense willl apply to both men's and women's volleyball. | Source


Players should be selected to ensure that the team is equipped with a balance of defensive skills. For example, when playing reverse doubles, one player needs to be a good back-row defender while the other should be a strong up-front blocker who can also set well. Ideally, the players in one team should all be at the same skill level to prevent opponents from constantly serving to the player whom they perceive to be the weakest.

Player selections will depend somewhat on the type of volleyball being played.
Player selections will depend somewhat on the type of volleyball being played. | Source


A typical layout for a four-on-four game is a diamond formation, in which players do not rotate positions. Generally, the fastest player should cover the back, while the two tallest players block in the center. For alternative layouts, or for games with a different number of players, teams can choose to use either one or two of the taller players as blockers. When the team uses just one blocker, he alone covers the entire net. Two blockers have the options of either taking half the net each or both covering the whole net to form a double block.

A good coach should consider both build and talent in regard to layouts.
A good coach should consider both build and talent in regard to layouts. | Source


An important aspect of defense is simply figuring out what offensive strategy the opposing team plans to implement and then counteracting it to reduce their effectiveness. Most teams will have about two or three favorite hits that they use frequently. Identifying these early allows your team to more effectively defend against them. No matter what your defensive strategy, however, you should strive to remain lose and flexible as you play. If a particular scheme is not working, you should be fluid enough to adopt a new one as necessary before you find yourselves seriously outplayed.

What do you think is the best age to learn to play volleyball?

See results


Strength and Power for Volleyball: "Winning Volleyball"

VBREF: "Sand/Outdoor Doubles Volleyball Strategy for the Indoor Player"

Volleyball Advisors: "Volleyball Blocking Strategies"

Capital City Volleyball Club: "Volleyball Strategies and Defense"

Capital City Volleyball Club: "Critical Aspects in Defense Strategies"

What are your suggestions for improving a volleyball team's defensive strategy?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      hey here and thank you for your info e2€“ Ie2€™ve certainly peickd up something new from right here. I did but expertise several technical issues using this site, as I experienced to reload the site many times before to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I'm complaining, but slow loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can hurt your high-quality score if publicity and marketing with Adwords. Well Ie2€™m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for much more of your respective fascinating content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)