Rotation Formations & Overlap Rules – Ro 2

Rotation 2 Analysis

Rotation 2

Unlike Rotation 1, there is only one good option in Rotation 2 serve-receive. It’s important that all six players on the court can execute their roles here, because coaches don’t have the ability to make player positioning adjustments in this rotation. 

Rotation 2 - Player Positioning

The players have rotated one position clockwise around the court. Here is where they are in Rotation 2.

Volleyball Rotation 2 Positions GMS
Bold & Underlined Text = Front Row Players
Volleyball Rotation 2 Player Positions GMS

In Rotation 2, the H1 is in Zone 1, followed by the M2, Opposite, H2, M1 (replaced by the libero) and finally the Setter.

In Serve-Receive, there is only one commonly used formation.

ROTATION 2 – Traditional Serve-Receive Option

Rotation 2 Volleyball Serve-Receive

Player Assignments by Position:

S: Starts in Zone 1 behind the H1

H1: Passes in Zone 1

M2: Starts in Zone 2 and hits Quicks

OP: Starts in Zone 2 in front of the Setter and hits Reds

H2: Passes in Zone 5 and hits Gos

L: Passes in Zone 6


  • The three primary passers are passing with the Libero in the middle of the court.
  • The Setter is allowed to start the rally already in the passing zone.
  • The attack approaches are simple for all three front row attackers.
  • The offensive footwork for the M2 is pretty simple. Watch the “MB Footwork in S/R – Ro 1,2,3” video on GMS+.


  • There is not room for any flexibility here with where each player starts. Each player is essentially locked in to these spots.

Important Overlap Rules Considerations:

  • The passing H2 must be in front of the Libero, even though they are both passing right next to each other.
  • The Setter must be behind the Opposite.
  • The M2 must be to the right of the Opposite.
  • The Libero must be to the left of the Setter.
  • The H1 must be to the right of the Setter.
Volleyball Rotation 2 Minnesota
Rotation 2 with the H2 Passing in Zone 5 and hitting a go. The OP hits a red. The M2 hits a quick.

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2 comments on Rotation Formations & Overlap Rules – Ro 2

  1. Jim Stultz says:

    Is it better to have the opp pass or M2 in rotation 2?

  2. Gold Medal Squared says:

    Ideally, neither. It’s almost impossible to have the Opposite pass, because that would put the setter in the back middle of the court to start the rally, which wouldn’t be good. The M2 theoretically could pass in Zone 5 (the opposite would have to then shift towards the middle of the court), but you should only do that if the M2 is a better passer than one of the outside hitters, which should rarely be the case. There are pretty significant problems in both of those scenarios. The H2, Libero, and H1 need to be good enough passers to avoid needing the Opposite or M2 to pass.

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