The following are common volleyball plays to run in volleyball.
Basic Combinations of Sets
High ball outside, 2 ball to the middle, high ball backset. This
is the most basic of plays. Usually the higher
the set and slower the attack,
the easier it is for the offense to stay "in system". In system means
the setter is able to set an
attacker a good set to hit. For example, a
high set will likely be easier to attack. Even if the set comes from far
off the net, set a high ball and the attacker will have a chance to get
High ball outside, quick 1 ball to the middle, backset 2 ball. This is a much faster combination of attack. This combination is much more difficult
to execute because to run a quick play, the ball must be passed good.
Shoot to the outside, 31 ball to the middle, backset 1 to the right side.
This combination is usually run only in free ball situations
because the pass must be good. For example, if you try to run this
combination in serve receive and the pass is poor, then it will be
difficult for the setter make a good set. A really good set is important
you're going to go fast.
Combinations for a faster offense...
Shoot to the outside, 31 slide to the middle, backslide for the right side.
This combination is very fast. The outlet for a bad pass is usually the
right side hitter or a back row 10 ball attack. The advantage to going
fast with this combination is it can be effective even if the pass is
with slides, it's often easier for the attacker to make adjustments
during the slide approach. This is much different than going for quick
1 attack to the middle. For a quick 1 attack to the middle, the attacker
must commit early. With slides, you don't
have to commit early. Instead, you
chase the ball down and attack it.
High ball outside, "double quick" to the middle. The "double
quick" is when the middle hitter goes for a front 1, and the right side
attacker goes for a back 1. This play can be very effective because when
the middle blocker commits to staying with the middle hitter, then the
outside hitter is one-on-one with the outside blocker.
So how do you know what combinations of volleyball plays to run?
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of attackers you have on your team.
Define the team identity. If your team is mostly small and fast, then a faster offense may be better.
On the other hand, if your team is taller and you have a couple outside hitters that can really bang the ball, then
a slower, high ball offense is likely better.
If you're small, fast, and jump high, then focus on running a faster
offense. The goal with a faster offense is to pass low and fast, set
and have your attackers beat the blockers. Beat the blockers means you
go quick and attack fast, beating the blocker with speed.
To be successful at running a fast offense, the passing needs to be real
good. You got to pass the ball on the money. Keep the passes low, fast,
and on target.
If your team is kind of tall, then run a slower, high setting offensive
system. With a slower offense, beating the blockers with your speed
isn't so important.
What's important is getting your big attackers good sets to attack.