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?
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?
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: 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.
This means a cross-court block on the right side and a line block on the left side.
Beach Volleyball hand signals
This means a cross-court block on the right side and a line block on the left side.
Russia's Ekaterina Khomyakova shows the signal for a line block on both attackers.
Beach Volleyball hand signals
Russia's Ekaterina Khomyakova shows the signal for a line block on both attackers.
Two fingers pointing down means a cross-court block, as shown by China's Chen Xue.
Beach Volleyball hand signals
Two fingers pointing down means a cross-court block, as shown by China's Chen Xue.
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
The single finger on the left means a line block on that player, while the fist with the right hand means no block.
Closed fists mean no blocks on a particular player.
Beach Volleyball hand signals
Closed fists mean no blocks on a particular player.
Thumbs are important too: they are used to tell the server to aim at a particular opponent.
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.
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 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.
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...
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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