Any time you maintain a longer touch on the ball or seem to “possess” it, the referee will call you for a lift or a carry. What’s The Difference Between a Lift and a Carry? In general, the difference is that the lift is usually more of an upward motion, while a carry is more often a horizontal motion. Both are equally a violation of the rules and you will lose the point if you do them.
"What is a lift in volleyball?" The term lift is colloquial as it can also be called a carry or a held ball. All of these terms come directly from rule 9.2.2 in the FIVB rulebook: The ball must not be caught and/or thrown. Rule 9.2.2 thus spawned rule 9.3.3, which guides us to what a lift is. A lift is when the ball is caught and/or thrown; it does not rebound from the hit.
The Carry While Passing. It is possible to be called for a lift, or carry when passing from a platform. This frequently occurs when beginners are determined to use their arm momentum to guide the ball to its intended target. The ball can get caught in the crux of the elbows when a platform is imperfect, as well.
Determine whether or not the ball was hit with an open hand. If the palm is facing upward and not in a closed fist, a lift or carry should be called if the ball strikes the hand. Check for backspin on the ball. If the player makes too much contact on the ball, more than likely backspin will be created on the ball.
In the case of a carry, the referee will usually signal it the same as a lift, but the official name of the fault is a “catch.” The referee will blow the whistle dead and extend their arm down toward the floor with their palm facing upward, and then raise the hand bending at the elbow.
A lift/carry is still a fault regardless of the speed of the attack, or method of contact. USA Volleyball, FIVB and AVP beach rules allow a momentary lift in defense of a hard-driven ball (defined as "an attack-hit or blocked ball traveling at a high rate of speed"), giving rise to open-palmed overhead beach digs that might be whistled as lifts indoors.
The likelihood of a carry increases if the fingers of the open palm are formed around the ball. If the fingers are pulled back, and the palm stiffened, however, it's easier to pop the ball up cleanly without carrying it.
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