What Is A Free Ball In Volleyball?

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As a professional volleyball player, I often hear the term “freeball” from players and coaches. But what exactly is Freeball?

A free ball is a ball returned over the net by an opponent on his underpass or his overhead pass of low difficulty. During training, a coach can enter who throws the ball over the net.

Successfully passing a free ball gives your team the best chance of scoring. This article will help you understand what Free Ball is and how to use it effectively.


What Does A Free Ball Look Like?

Finding loose balls is an important part of becoming a competent volleyball player.

In volleyball rallies, he usually has three balls to defend.


  • Attack:

Opponents use spikes or another variation of attack (spikes, roll strikes, etc.) that the team must block.


  • One ball down:

The opponent attacks the ball, usually without bouncing, and the team defends without blocking. It is also a hit for him standing from coaches in training.


  • Free ball:

The opponent returns the ball with an underpass or his pass overhead. Generally, the free ball bounces high and slowly to allow all players on the team to enter the free ball formation and play the ball to the setter with little difficulty.


Can You Spike A Free Ball In Volleyball?

Spiking the free ball is critical to success in volleyball, so it should be easy. The best way to spike a free ball is with body and arm strength.

Practice this skill often so that you can perform it perfectly whenever the game gives you the chance. Spiking loose balls requires quick decision-making on your part, so always check where the other team’s players are.

Stay organized and keep practicing – Good luck with your volleyball!


Who Should Pass The Free Ball?

Simply put, who the ball goes to? Ideally, everyone on the team should be able to pass a free ball. But we don’t want the setter to steal the free ball. We want him to be in the net and ready to face attackers.

At a higher level, the field is split in half by the libero, and 6th places defenders to pass free balls. This gives front-row attackers a chance to prepare to spike the ball.

The libero is usually one of our best passers, so we want the libero to pass the ball as much as possible. This gives the player in position 6 more time to prepare to attack the whistle.


Why Do People Say Free In Volleyball?

The term “free ball” comes from the game of volleyball. This is the easier game for the defending team and is usually given when the team sends the ball over the net with their forearms.

Free Ball allows a defending player to line up in front of his opponent without fear of being counterattacked with spikes or blocks by the opponent. In some cases, giving a free ball can be advantageous as it can lead to an opponent’s error, which can lead to a point. Playing volleyball generously means having fun and letting your instincts run wild. Sometimes letting go (of the ball) is what wins.


How Can I Practice Passing Free Balls?

Volleyball teams of all skill levels, from beginner to elite, practice their free ball passes. As the level of volleyball progresses, so does the expectation of passing every free ball perfectly.

Here are some ways to train this skill:


  • Team practice

There are endless ways a coach can incorporate his free-ball defense into training. The butterfly is a simple exercise that gives players more chances to pass the free ball without putting too much pressure on them.

In the butterfly drill, the ball is thrown straight through the net toward a passerby. The passer’s underarm or overhead pass goes to the setter, who catches or sets the ball on the target, and the target catches the ball. Players rotate by “chasing the ball”.


  • Practice with a partner

All you need is a net and someone to throw the ball!

To practice this, have your partner throw the ball to different areas of the field. Use something (like a chair) as a target where the setter would normally be placed.

Have your partner “roll” the ball with their hands. This creates a topspin and mimics the way the ball is received in the game. Even when you’re not on your team, practice calling ‘free ball’ before the ball goes over the net and ‘mine’ before passing it. These are good habits to impress your coaches and teammates.


  • Practice on your own

Looking for additional contacts, but no one you can trust? No problem!

You can practice alone anywhere you have enough ceiling (or no ceiling at all). Just practice throwing the ball high and passing it to your target. You can also bounce the ball once before passing it to increase the difficulty.



A freeball in volleyball refers to a situation in which a player has the ball but does not touch it with his hand. This allows her to move and build plays without worrying about defending against other team attacks

David Campbell

David Campbell

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