Why does one player on a volleyball team wear a different colored jersey from the other players?

I just started watching Volleyball, but the announcers never say why one player wears a different color than the rest of the team.

Nope, not the captain. That is the team’s libero. A libero is one designated person who is a back row defensive specialist only. She is only allowed to play in the back row. The front row person she replaces must come back in when the libero rotates to the front row. However, once a point has been scored, the libero may go in back row again for another person. She can only serve for 1 designated person per game.

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  1. Rabies Says:

    I think that it might signify that they are Captain. I don’t really know 100% but that’s the one thing that makes sense to me on why it’s a different color then the rest of the team.
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  2. Petunia Says:

    Nope, not the captain. That is the team’s libero. A libero is one designated person who is a back row defensive specialist only. She is only allowed to play in the back row. The front row person she replaces must come back in when the libero rotates to the front row. However, once a point has been scored, the libero may go in back row again for another person. She can only serve for 1 designated person per game.
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    High School Varsity Volleyball Coach

  3. Hethro Says:

    Libero

    In 1998 the libero player was introduced internationally, the term meaning free in Italian is pronounced LEE-beh-ro (although many players and coaches pronounce it lih-BEAR-oh). The NCAA introduced the libero in 2002.[13] The libero is a player specialized in defensive skills: the libero must wear a contrasting jersey color from his or her teammates and cannot block or attack the ball when it is entirely above net height. When the ball is not in play, the libero can replace any back-row player, without prior notice to the officials. This replacement does not count against the substitution limit each team is allowed per set, although the libero may be replaced only by the player whom they replaced.

    The libero may function as a setter only under certain restrictions. If she/he makes an overhand set, she/he must be standing behind (and not stepping on) the 3-meter line; otherwise, the ball cannot be attacked above the net in front of the 3-meter line. An underhand pass is allowed from any part of the court.

    The libero is, generally, the most skilled defensive player on the team. There is also a libero tracking sheet, where the referees or officiating team must keep track of who the libero subs in and out for. There may only be one libero per set (game), although there may be a different libero in the beginning of any new set (game).

    Furthermore, a libero is not allowed to serve, according to international rules, with the exception of the NCAA women’s volleyball games, where a 2004 rule change allows the libero to serve, but only in a specific rotation. That is, the libero can only serve for one person, not for all of the people for whom she goes in. That rule change was also applied to high school and junior high play soon after.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volleyball#Libero

  4. ruthycutie Says:

    nooo theyre the libero. they pass in the back row for the middle hitter!
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  5. Maureen Says:

    It’s not the captain. It’s the teams libero, also known as the best defensive player. The libero can only play in the back row, when they rotate to the front, they have to sub out for a middle player (usually). When they players that sub in and out for go to the back row, they can sub back in. The libero can only serve for one middle player, not both.

    Hope I helped (:
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    I’ve been playing volleyball for 3 years.

  6. grace Says:

    this is called th libero they can serve for anyone on the team
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    thats my position

  7. Ali Says:

    She’s a libero. You are only allowed 18 subs during a game and a libero can just run out and run back in and it doesnt count as a substitution. There is a person that keeps track of the libero to make sure it is not called as a substitution and the colored jersey helps to keep track of them
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  8. twin gal Says:

    they are the libero
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  9. Joni D Says:

    Libero.

    It means that person is the defensive specialist.
    They have the ability to sub in and out anywhere on the back row without calling the refs to sub.
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  10. Jeanette Says:

    The one wearing the different colored jersey is know as the libero, they are the main passer(bumper). Mainly they’re the person to pass the ball to the setter, and no it doesn’t mean they’re the captain, it usually means they’re the best passer on the team
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    volleyball player

  11. bhenotz08 Says:

    The Libero

    In 1998 the libero player was introduced internationally, the term meaning free in Italian; the NCAA introduced the libero in 2002. The libero is a player specialized in defensive skills: they must wear a contrasting jersey color from their teammates and cannot block or attack the ball when it is entirely above net height. When the ball is not in play, the libero can replace any back-row player, without prior notice to the officials. His or her replacements also do not count against the substitution limit each team is allowed per set, although NCAA rules only allow the libero to be replaced by the player whom s/he replaced.

    The libero may function as a setter only under certain restrictions. If s/he makes an overhand set, s/he must be standing behind (and not stepping on) the 3-meter line; otherwise, the ball cannot be attacked above the net in front of the 3-meter line. An underhand pass is allowed from any part of the court.

    Furthermore, a libero is not allowed to serve, according to international rules, with the exception of the NCAA women’s volleyball games, where a 2004 rule change allows the libero to serve, but only in a specific rotation.
    References :
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_%27libero%27_in_volleyball

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