Beach Volleyball: What do those hand signals mean?

Beach Volleyball: What do those hand signals mean?

Beach Volleyball might seem a deceptively simple event, but there are all sorts of tactics going on - not least with the hand signals used by the players. But what do they mean?

Beach Volleyball: What do those hand signals mean?

The basic rule is that the player at the net uses the signals to tell the server defensive strategy. The left hand refers to the opponent on the left, the right hand to the one on the right.

Beach Volleyball hand signals

This means a cross-court block on the right side and a line block on the left side.

Beach Volleyball hand signals

Russia's Ekaterina Khomyakova shows the signal for a line block on both attackers.

Beach Volleyball hand signals

Two fingers pointing down means a cross-court block, as shown by China's Chen Xue.

Beach Volleyball hand signals

The single finger on the left means a line block on that player, while the fist with the right hand means no block.

Beach Volleyball hand signals

Closed fists mean no blocks on a particular player.

Beach Volleyball: What do those hand signals mean?

Thumbs are important too: they are used to tell the server to aim at a particular opponent.

Beach Volleyball hand signals

Both hands won't be used with every signal, as Spain's Liliana Fernandez Steiner shows with her call for her partner to block down the right line.

Beach Volleyball: What do those hand signals mean?

And that's just about it. So next time somebody questions your motives for watching the sport, you'll be all set with a detailed explanation to back up your enthusiasm...

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