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Volleyball Tips for the Fan

Like any sport, volleyball is confusing to watch if you never played it yourself. Here are a few things you can do to learn more about the game.

1. Read about the game. Here are a few sites you should visit to learn more about the game:
SportSpectator Fan's Guide to Volleyball: Our 10-minute guide to the game.
Wikipedia: Good wiki community writeup on the sport.
USA Volleyball Guide to the Basics: A basic guide by the national governing body of volleyball.

2. Watch a game with a player (current or former). At a tournament, there is plenty of time to watch games with coaches or players. Watch a competitor's game while you have a break. Also, at high school games, there are usually multiple levels (frosh soph, j.v., varsity) that play on the same day. Come early or stay late and watch the game with someone who can answer your questions.

3. Watch a televised game. Watching a game with the professional commentators will help you pick up the lingo. Here are a few good resources:
College : College sports TV (CSTV) has free online clips of college volleyball coverage of men's and women's volleyball. They also provide coverage on their cable channel.
National: The national men's and women's teams play frequently. Visit the national team page.
Pro: Fox Sports Net (FSN) provides coverage of beach volleyball (AVP) on their cable channel. Be aware that beach volleyball differs substantially from indoor volleyball. Visit the AVP schedule.

4. Ask questions. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask. Good resources are coaches or players. You can ask them in person, or contact us and we'll try to help you out.