The Outside Episode

The Outside Episode

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The outside hitters on your team, are the most likely to want to be the star of the show. Of course this isn’t always the case, but the longer someone plays that position, the more likely they will develop the big play mindset.

You see, outside hitters get to hit the ball a lot. And I mean A. LOT. You’re what’s called an outlet hitter. Each time your team makes a pass that isn’t nearly perfect, you’re the one who is most likely to get set. And I don’t know about you, but my teams don’t pass perfectly every time.

Hitting on the Outside

I will give you a couple hitting tips specifically for outside hitters, but I've covered hitting before, so you should review some of my other hitting posts for more info.  

The first tip, is that you need to start your approach from outside the court. You want to create an angle into the court.  See the image below

volleyball approach

The second outside hitter tip I have, is that you should really try to see the blockers. Keep the ball out in front of you, where you can use your peripheral vision to see how many blockers you have, and where they are.

If you really want to give yourself an advantage, encourage your setter to set the middle and right side player as often as you. That way the middle on the other team can’t just go stand in front of you because they know you’ll be getting the set.

If you’d like more specific hitting information, here is another post that you might like:

volleyball hitting tips  The Two Most Likely Reasons You Hit the Ball Out.
court dimensions in volleyball What You Don't Know About Volleyball Court Dimensions
volleyball hitting percentage What is a Hitting Percentage?


As an outside hitter, you’re also going to be expected to pass a lot. Nearly every serve receive rotation is setup so that the libero and outsides are passing. If you’d like more information on passing, here are a few posts that might interest you:

volleyball outside hitter  How Important is Serve Receive?
Volleyball passing tips Volleyball Passing Tips
volleyball dig Should I Dig The Ball Overhand?

Outside hitters have to be versatile players who are capable of performing every skill.

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  • Hi so I was wondering if your gonna have two outsides with a libero in the back would you only have one middle in the front or two and only one setter?


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