Q: What is a libero?
A: The libero is that player we see in a different color jersey from her teammates. This individual is lucky in that she can go in for any of her teammates, whereas everyone else is restricted to subbing for only one person during the course of a game or set*. The libero may only play in the back row and must make the exchange behind the 10-foot line.
*“A match shall consist of the best three-out-of-five sets. The first team to win three sets shall be the winner of the match…” In years past a “set” was referred to as a “game.”
Q: Can the libero serve?
A: Yes, but only for one person.
Subsitutions/General Playing Questions
Q: Why does my child seem to only go in for one person?
A: During the course of a set, a player may substitute for only one other teammate. She may not sub for any of her other teammates until the next set. Aside from only going in for one individual, maintaining proper serving order is the most important component of subbing.
Q: Why isn’t my child playing all the time, when others are?
A: Not all players will play “full rotation” in volleyball. Some are best suited for the front row, while others for the back row. Some are skilled enough to play all the way around. At practices your daughter and her coach are working to find the spot that best suits her. The positions available are: Setter, outside hitter (OH), middle hitter (MH), right side hitter, defensive specialist (DS-and generally refers to back row players), or libero.
We encourage you to talk with your daughters and find out what position they are best enjoying-don‘t assume anything. The younger the player, the more likely you will see her in varying positions as she and the coach work to find that best fit for her and the team.