Beach volleyball hand signals

In beach volleyball you show your partner with your hands how the tactics should be in the next rally. It is shown which opponent is blocked and how. The left hand stands for the left opponent and the right hand for the right. This shows the partner on the serve how to block or to defend.
The most common variations are explained in more detail in the following examples.

beachvolleyball handzeichen
Belén Carro shows her partner how to block.

A long index finger stands for “line”. This means that the line is blocked, the defense player stands diagonally to cover the field as large as possible. Both index fingers means that both opponents will be blocked line. Depending on which opponent gets the ball, both situations are determined in advance.

znak ręką do siatkówki plażowej
Kacie MacTavish goes crosswise.

Here both opponents are blocked diagonally and the line is left open, where the partner is then.

segno della mano di beach volley
Duda is showing her partner how to block.

Of course, both opponents can also be blocked differently. In this example the left opponent is blocked diagonally and the right line. The decision on how to block usually depends on the opponent or on the situation also. In which situation does he hit how? Does he prefer to hit line or diagonal?

знак рукой пляжный волейбол
signo de mano de voleibol de playa

No hand or a fist at all usually means that you are not blocking this opponent and that you are in defense with your partner. This is often done on weaker opponents.

signe de la main de beach-volley
April Ross is not sure how to block yet.

If the hands are half-open, it may be that the partner has not yet decided how to block. Here you should take a few seconds before serving, otherwise misunderstandings often arise.

sinal de mão de vôlei de praia
Eduarda „Duda“ Santos Lisboa with some interesting tactics.

Often players have their own hand signals that differ from the standard signals. Professional players in particular often use this to prevent them from being scouted as well. There are even teams that swap the line and diagonal to confuse the opponent. So you have to take a look what is being done here when the left opponent is hitting.

rantalentopallon käsimerkki
Anna Pospíšilová definitely wants to fake a block.

Angled fingers mean that the block is only being faked. The blocker goes to the net and pretends to block and goes back to the defense at the last moment. This is often done after a bad set or in windy situations. If it is only done on one hand the opponent on the left should get the ball to attack.

Joy Stubbe sees a weak opponent on the left side.

Here, too, both opponents are blocked diagonally or crosswise. In addition the opponent on the left should be get the ball to attack which is shown with the left thumb.

비치 발리볼 손 기호
Isabelle Forrer is going for the ball.

An open hand usually means going fully on the ball and thus watching the pass. In order to avoid misunderstandings, you should discuss with your partner beforehand how the various situations will be interpreted.

Of course there are many more hand signals as you can define your own symbol for practically every situation. But this is often only done by teams that play together for a long time, otherwise it will be too much and you should be able to quickly remember the signs even in pressure situations.

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