What is the formation in volleyball? The best volleyball position explained for beginners

Every player on the court has a unique skill. This results in a specific location on the field for each player and determines if they are going to focus on offense and defense. You have to be flexible in volleyball. It is possible that you have to take up another role but in general, players can stick with their role in the formation. There are six main roles in volleyball: setter, middle blocker, right-side hitter, middle blocker, libero, or setter. Each role has its unique location, in the front row or in the back row. Their respective positions on the field can be found below. We have explained each of these position before. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each of these positions in more detail. 

What is the coolest or most fun position in volleyball?

This depends on what you like to do. Some players enjoy attacking, whereas others prefer to defend. You have to think for yourself what you like the most. If you get a rush of scoring points, you can become a hitter. If you prefer to defend, being a defensive specialist can work as well. Everything can be spectacular in volleyball, from blocking, giving a great pass, spiking to digging. So every position has its cool moments.

You have to remember that to get great at these you will have to repeat the same exercises over and over again. This will be very mundane and boring but you will have to do it anyway. You can watch a match and see cool blocks but you have to realize that the players had to train years to perfect this. 

It also depends on your personality. Some players really enjoy the attention and being a libero or outside hitter might work best for these as they can make spectacular points or slides. Let’s check the video below to see some examples of great attacks.

Which or what is the hardest position in volleyball

All positions are hard and have their unique challenges. In my opinion being a libero can be a challenge for a lot of players. You have to be independent and catch a lot of balls. The balls can come your way in quick succession and you have to be there every time. If you fail, you might feel that you are letting your team down.

What makes being a libero so challenging is that you are not in the game for a long period of time but when you are on the court, it is very intense. This can be challenging as you can cool down while you wait. When you enter the match again, you have to give it your all. Especially at the end of the match when everyone is tired it can be hard to push your team to keep defending. 

You are also wearing another colored shirt and some players might not like this as it puts a lot of pressure on you. The referee pays a lot of attention to you and if you make a mistake it will be noticed. Therefore a lot of players don’t want to become a libero as it involves a lot of responsibilities and it is a very intense role. 

Being a middle blocker is also very difficult as you need to time your blocks very well. If you miss your block, you have to be ready immediately to attack again. Performing a block correctly is quite challenging as you are not allowed to touch the net. This is mainly done by more experienced players as younger players might not be able to jump high enough.

The opposite hitter has to be great at offense and defense. Often this is done by players that had another (defensive) position at first and gained a lot of experience in this. Once they got great at this, they took up another skill and become an opposite hitter. You have to switch between attacking and defending all the time and this can be a challenge. 

What is the most crucial or important position in volleyball?  What is the least important position in volleyball? 

You can look at some Olympic games of team USA  and see what moves that you like the most. Volleyball is a team sport so every position is important. This is the reason why the team celebrates each point together. This makes sure that everyone gets recognition for their part in the point that was scored. Every position is important in a volleyball team as you can’t win without any of the skills that the players bring. You have to be good at offense and at defense if you want to win. 

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Therefore we have to say that every position is important in volleyball. The middle blocker often gets replaced by the libero when this player is in the second row. This doesn’t mean that this player is not important but it indicates that he or she has some very specific skills that might be less suited when you are in the second row. 

There are often fewer liberos in each team than there are players in other positions. This can indicate that liberos are quite important and if one of them gets injured, a team could get in trouble. 

Best volleyball position (for short players and tall players)

The best position depends on your preferences. If you want to attack, you can consider being a setter or outside hitter. If you enjoy defending, you can become a defensive specialist or libero. If you want to attack and defend, you can become an opposite hitter. You have to see what skills your team need and also what you are great at yourself. Often you can discuss this with your coach and other players on your team. They will provide input and help you to decide what volleyball position works best for you.

The tallest players often are middle blockers as they are able to hold their hands over the net and jump high enough to block the ball. Not a lot of players are able to do this. A block can be a very effective way to defend so therefore it is an important role that not everyone can fill. It is also possible to become an outside hitter. This means that you have to attack and send the ball over the net. This can be done with a lot of force, precision and effect to make it harder to defend against. 

Shorter players might consider becoming a libero, setter or defensive specialist.  This means that you will dig (or dive) to keep the ball in the air or that you will give an assist. Therefore you can be valuable in offense and defense. Debbie Green, for example, is 5’4″ and she won a lot of trophies, even an Olympic medal. She is regarded as one of the best setters ever. You have to leverage what you are good at and use this strength. Shorter players are often more agile and are better to adjust their direction in an instant. 

To conclude, we can state that there are six main positions in volleyball (setter, outside hitter, libero, opposite hitter, defensive specialist and middle blocker) and each of these positions require unique skills. Volleyball is a team sport so you will need each of these if you want to win. This means that each of these positions are important and crucial. Some people help in offence whereas others help to defend. You have to find a balance between both if you want to become a well-oiled machine and play at a fast pace.