Slowly lift the forearm, palm of the hand facing upward. Raise two fingers, spread open. Raise four fingers, spread open. Indicate the respective side of the net. Place a hand above the net, palm facing downward. Make a downward motion with the forearm, hand open. Point to the center line or to the respective line. Raise both thumbs vertically.
So one very common hand signal that isn’t displayed on the chart but is regularly used is the set point hand gesture. When a team is on set point an official will clench a fist on the side of the team who has set point and hold it directly up in the air. This indicates to all players, officials and spectators that a team has set point.
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Setter Hand Signal Behind Back. This is the second most commonly used method to show hand signals in volleyball. All the setter does in this method is show the hand signals behind their back. This is an implicit method just like how method 1 could be implicit.
Volleyball Hand Signals: A setter can "run a play" with a series of slow or fast sets. While fast sets are lower to the net, slow sets are higher sets pushed 8 - 10 feet well above the top of the net. Each player on offense will get a hand signal as to the type of set they will get.
When the ball is caught or thrown, signal by extending your arm slightly toward the court at waist height with hand open and palm up. Slightly cup the hand with fingers together. Start at waist height and raise to shoulder level. Keep the hand away from the shoulder and outside the body line.
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Hand signals are used by beach volleyball players to indicate to their playing partner the defensive they intend to adopt. These beach volleyball hand signals are made by holding up their fingers behind the back of the player who is blocking at the net, or who is on the service line so that the opposing team can't see the signals.
For a high set to area #1, the setter will communicate by alternating between showing a one and two with his fingers. The play is referred to as a “12”. A “1”. A “2”. In the same fashion, when communicating a high set to the zone #2, or a “22”, the setter flashes two fingers.
Signaling one finger with your left hand means you're going to block line on the right side hitter. Signaling one finger with your right hand means you're going to block line on the left side hitter. Likewise, signaling two fingers means you're going to block angle. A fist means you aren't planning to block.