Pepper – a warm up drill between two players. The players pass, set, and hit back and forth to each other in that order. This is a common warm up drill before a game or practice.
Free Ball – an easy ball that is returned over the net by a forearm or underhand pass. This ball is called free because it’s a free opportunity to get a good pass, set, and attack against the opponent.
Only the three players by the net are allowed to jump, hit, or block by the net. Players in the back row are only allowed to hit if they jump behind the 10-foot line. If their foot crosses that line, it is a back row attack and the other team wins the point.
(10 foot line – the line that separates the front and back part of the court)
A team can touch the ball three times on its side of the net. The usual pattern is a dig (an underarm pass made with the forearms), a set (an overhead pass made with the hands), and a spike (the overhead attacking shot). A block is not counted as one of the three touches.