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.
The position of the libero is one such position that tends to attract a lot of interest because of the unique rules ascribed to the position. Besides, it is hard to miss the only player on a team who is wearing a contrasting jersey and who never comes to the front row to strike the ball.
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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.
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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A libero is a designated back row player. A team can have only one or two liberos listed on the lineup per match. A libero is typically the best passer on the team. The libero(s) wear a clearly contrasting color uniform from the rest of their team (to help the officials track this player). You do not have to use a libero if you don’t want to.
Libero Volleyball Rules. Once a player is chosen as the libero, then they are the designated libero for the entire tournament, or match. The libero volleyball player plays through the back row, then when they get to zone four (4) they come out of the game to let their middle blockers play the front row.
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.