Understanding Beach Volleyball Hand Signals

Watch four-time Olympian Jake Gibb demonstrate these beach volleyball hand signals to up your game.


There’s nothing like learning from the best, and no doubt Jake Gibb is one of them.

We asked Jake to give us the lowdown on beach volleyball hand signals that players can use to help any duo maximize their court coverage. If you're totally new to hand signals, we're referring to whenever you see a volleyball player flash numbers behind their back. This signals to their teammates what their defensive play will be.

Two terms to understand that Jake mentions in this video are the line and the angle. These refer to the court itself; the line is the smaller section of the court behind the player who is giving the signal, and the angle is the larger section of the court to the side of the signaler.

Now, on to the signals:

A single-finger signal means line. That means that the signaller is defending the smaller court section while their partner covers the larger area to the side and in the back of the signaler.

A two-fingers signal means the angle defense where the player in front dives forward into the angle, and if they miss the ball, their partner will cover the backcourt for them.

A closed fist means ball defense. That means the signaler will read where the ball is going and then cover both line and angle in the front while their partner covers the back of the court.

Watch the video for one more tip from Jake that can help you improve your game, and check back for more volleyball tips and tricks from the best players on the court.