Beverly Oden. Updated August 27, 2018. A libero is a defensive specialist position in indoor volleyball. The position was added to the game of indoor volleyball in 1999 along with a set of special rules for play in order to foster more digs and rallies and to make the game more exciting overall.
Per the NCAA rules book for women’s and men’s volleyball, the libero is strictly a back-row player and can only be replaced by the same player it replaces.
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We’ll talk more about the libero rules in volleyball below, but for now just know that the title ‘libero’ was given to this position mostly to show that this player would be: ‘Free to substitute into the game’ unlike other players. .
A player who is able to play the libero position well must really love the game and therefore possess excellent game reading ability. The ability to anticipate where the opposition is going to hit the ball is absolutely key, so a libero may have to work harder on analyzing the opposition players’ tendencies than others, such as determining whether a player is a power hitter or what their favorite shots are.
Learn more about Liberos and the Libero Volleyball Position in the articles below. Volleyball Libero Facts Defensive Rules Responsibilities and History. The volleyball libero is a specialist in digging, passing and playing in the backcourt who wears a contrasting color jersey and has defensive responsibilities.
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Teams may designate up to 2 players on their score sheet as liberos. The libero is an optional position and a team does not need to use it if they choose not to. Once the score sheet has been given to the referee, it’s too late to change players to become a libero or change them from libero to a regular player. 2.
The libero is allowed to replace in player that is in a back row position. The libero is restricted to perform as a back row player and isn't allowed to complete an attack hit from anywhere if at the moment of contact, the ball is entirely above the top of the net. The libero may not block, attempt to block, or serve.
The libero can become confusing for non-volleyball players. They can only play on the back row of the court, and because of this, are the ideal person to receive a hit from the opposite team. There are set rules the libero needs to follow, such as not attacking the ball at the net, playing a set for an attacker from the front, and more.