Position Specific Training – Outside Hitter / Libero / DS Today’s outside hitter has the most dominant role in the game. It is imperative as outside hitter to have a complete skill set in front row and back row.
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The libero is fairly new position in volleyball. The libero is a back row specialist who is allowed to play back court only. The libero wears a different color shirt in the team and is allowed to enter and exit the game without substitution request. The libero can replace any player on the court and most often replaces middle blockers.
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While every volleyball player seeks to keep the ball off the floor and in play, this is the libero’s whole mission! The libero is the one you’ll see diving and rolling on the floor more than any other.
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The libero remains in the game at all times and is the only player who is not limited by the regular rules of rotation. The libero usually replaces the middle blocker position when that player rotates to the back row, but the libero never rotates to the front row.
A libero (pronounced luh-BEAR-oh, LEE-ber-oh, or “bro”) is a type of defensive specialist that was added to the game of volleyball in 1999. They have their own set of rules and they even get to wear a different colored jersey.
The more of the court a volleyball defensive player or libero can take in serve receive, the more her outside hitting teammates can concentrate on just getting ready to spike the ball. On some teams there will be defensive specialists and liberos on the court at the same time which some coaches think is advantageous .
By playing in Position 5, the libero also frees up your team’s outside hitter to run the pipe directly through the middle of the court. When playing in Position 6, the libero is free to roam around the baseline in defense.