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Volleyball Basics

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I love getting together with my friends and playing volleyball. When we meet up, we invite some people who have never played it before or don’t play it very often. Volleyball is nice because it is fun and you don’t need to be skilled to play it. Here are a few tips on how to get started if you are not familiar with the sport:

1. When you bump the ball, but do not interlock your fingers. You will hurt yourself and the ball will not go in the direction that you want. Make a fist with one hand and place the other hand around it so that both your thumbs are side by side, on top facing out in front of you. Some people slap the ball with their palms flat open. That is not usually effective unless you are blocking the ball or spiking it over the net.

2. When you make contact with the ball as you bump it, don’t swing your arms. To make the ball go forward, simply move the arms slightly in the direction you want it to go instead of backward or straight up. You don’t have to move your arms but what you shouldn’t do is swing your arms.

3. A good underhand serve is easy. Hold the ball with your left hand (if you are right-handed). Using your right arm, turn the arm so the wrist is facing up. Make a small fist, pull it back so the wrist will hit the ball. With a gentle but firm action, pull the arm back and then forward so you hit the ball out of your hand. The right hand must not hit the left hand that is holding the ball. It will not work well if you pop the ball up with your left hand then hit it with your right.