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6-2 rotations refers to utilizing 2 setters in rotation. The setters play back row rotations for the opposite hitters and the opposite hitters play front row for the setters. The number 6 refers to having 6 hitters in rotation with 3 always in the front row being an OH, MB, & Opp.
Rotation 1 Serve: S1 serves the ball and the team transitions to base defense.
PositionsFront Row: OPP1, MB1, OH1
Back Row: OH2, MB2, S1
Rotation 1 Receive: After S1 has served the team is in serve receive. OH2, MB2, & OH1 are back to pass while S1 is prepared to sprint to the net once the opposing team contacts the ball to serve. Once the ball is received OPP1 prepares to attack outside, MB1 a in the middle and OH1 on the right side. When the team send the ball over to the opposing side everyone returns to base defense.
Rotation 2 Serve: OH1 serves the ball and the team transitions to base defense.
ImportantS1 must be between MB2 and OH1.
PositionsFront Row: OH2, OPP1, MB1
Back Row: MB2, S1, OH1
Rotation 2 Receive (Stack Right): I nickname this rotation stack right because of how both right sides (S1, OPP) along with MB1 are stacked on that side.
Rotation 3 Serve: MB1 serves the ball and the team transitions to base defense.
PositionsFront Row: MB2, OH2, Opp1
Back Row: S1, OH1, MB1
Rotation 3 Receive: OH2, OH1, and MB1 receive the serve. Offense is ran and team transitions to base defense.
The next 3 rotations are the exact same. with the opposites switching in the illustrations.
Download 6-2 Rotations Sheet
Rules to Rotations
– There can only be 6 players on the court for each team at a time.
– When facing the net, players rotate in a clockwise position.
– When a player rotates from the right front position to the right back position the player must serve and is now a back row player.
– When a player’s opposite serves they are now a front row player.
– There are 3 postions when talking about rotations:
RIGHT sides are generally your setters and opposite hitters.
LEFT sides are generally your outside hitters and defensive specialists.
MIDDLES are generally your middle blockers, defensive specialists and liberos.
Questions to Ask Yourself
1) Who is Serving? Serving order: RIGHT-LEFT-MIDDLE. Knowing the serving order will allow you to figure out what rotation your team is in.
2) Where is your opposite? Identifying your opposite helps to know your position in rotation and whether you are front row or back row.
3) Who are you following and/or who is following you? This reinforces questions 1 & 2 to know serving order and positioning.