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What Is a Lift in Volleyball? (Full Explanation)

A lift is when the ball is caught and/or thrown; it does not rebound from the hit.

The rule makes it illegal to catch and throw the ball rather than moving it with a pass, set, or hit. If the ball pauses in your hands or part of your body before changing direction, you’ll likely be called for a lift.

You’ll see lift calls more frequently as you watch younger players. It’s rare at high-level competitions.

Here are some instances where you might see a lift occur in a volleyball match.

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