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
Good wiki community writeup on the sport.
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
3. Watch a televised game.
Watching a game with the professional commentators
will help you pick up the lingo. Here are a few
College : College sports TV (CSTV) has free online
clips of college volleyball coverage of men's
volleyball. They also provide coverage on their
National: The national men's and women's teams
play frequently. Visit the national
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
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.