Decoding beach volleyball's hand signals

Beach volleyball players hand signals are a vital part of communication for the game.  While many players have their own signals, here is a guide to the most commonly used ones.
 -- By Tiara Chiaramonte, Yahoo! Sports

Sara Goller from Germany signals during the Beach Volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Sara Goller from Germany signals during the Beach Volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Chen Xue of China signals to team mate Xi Zhang during Women's Beach Volleyball match between China and Russia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Chen Xue of China signals to team mate Xi Zhang during Women's Beach Volleyball match between China and Russia on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: A player signals during the primliary rounds of the Smart beach tour 2012 beach volleyball event on June 8, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Smart Beach Tour 2012 - Day 1 Hamburg
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: A player signals during the primliary rounds of the Smart beach tour 2012 beach volleyball event on June 8, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
16 Sep 2000: General view of player signalling partner during the Elimination Round of the Women's Beach Volleyball at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Scott Barbour/ALLSPORT
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16 Sep 2000: General view of player signalling partner during the Elimination Round of the Women's Beach Volleyball at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Scott Barbour/ALLSPORT
Maria Aidee Garcia Lopez of Mexico uses her hands to signal the upcoming play to her teammates during a beach volleyball match against Venezuela during the 2007 Pan Aamerican Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday July 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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Maria Aidee Garcia Lopez of Mexico uses her hands to signal the upcoming play to her teammates during a beach volleyball match against Venezuela during the 2007 Pan Aamerican Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday July 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Great Britian's Steven Grotowski signals his partner during a beach volleyball match against Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Great Britian's Steven Grotowski signals his partner during a beach volleyball match against Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Germany's Stephanie Pohl hides her hands behind her back as she sends a signal to her partner Okka Rau during their match at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in Athens, Greece on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. The German team beat China's Lu Wang and Wenhui You in two sets, 21-17 and 21-18. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Germany's Stephanie Pohl hides her hands behind her back as she sends a signal to her partner Okka Rau during their match at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in Athens, Greece on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. The German team beat China's Lu Wang and Wenhui You in two sets, 21-17 and 21-18. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: A player signals during the primliary rounds of the Smart beach tour 2012 beach volleyball event on June 8, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Smart Beach Tour 2012 - Day 1 Hamburg
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: A player signals during the primliary rounds of the Smart beach tour 2012 beach volleyball event on June 8, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Zara Dampney of Great Britain signals during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary match between Great Britain and Canada on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 2 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Zara Dampney of Great Britain signals during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary match between Great Britain and Canada on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Canada's Josh Binstock signals his teammate prior to a serve against Great Britain in beach volleyball competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Canada's Josh Binstock signals his teammate prior to a serve against Great Britain in beach volleyball competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
The Netherland's Sanne Keizer signals her partner during a beach volleyball match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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The Netherland's Sanne Keizer signals her partner during a beach volleyball match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Talita Rocha of Brazil signals her partner during a beach volleyball match against Germany at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Talita Rocha of Brazil signals her partner during a beach volleyball match against Germany at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Alejandra Simon of Spaingives hand signals during the VISA FIVB Beach Volleyball International at Horse Guards Parade on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
LOCOG Test Events for London 2012 - VISA FIVB Beach Volleyball International
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Alejandra Simon of Spaingives hand signals during the VISA FIVB Beach Volleyball International at Horse Guards Parade on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
TAMPA - JUNE 2: Karch Kiraly signals his teammate Kevin Wong during their winners bracket match at the AVP Crocs Tour EsuranceTampa Bay Open on June 2, 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
AVP Tampa Bay Open
TAMPA - JUNE 2: Karch Kiraly signals his teammate Kevin Wong during their winners bracket match at the AVP Crocs Tour EsuranceTampa Bay Open on June 2, 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
KLAGENFURT, AUSTRIA - JULY 22: Ekaterina Khomyakova of Russia argues during the final match of the A1 Beach Volleyball Grand Slam on July 22, 2012 in Klagenfurt, Austria. (Photo by Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images)
A1 Beach Volleyball Grand Slam 2012 - Day 6
KLAGENFURT, AUSTRIA - JULY 22: Ekaterina Khomyakova of Russia argues during the final match of the A1 Beach Volleyball Grand Slam on July 22, 2012 in Klagenfurt, Austria. (Photo by Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images)
The Netherland's Sanne Keizer signals her partner during a beach volleyball match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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The Netherland's Sanne Keizer signals her partner during a beach volleyball match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 02: Reinder Nummedor of the Netherlands show tactic during the men?s quarter final match between Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of Netherlands and Emiel Boersma and Daan Spijkers of Netherlands during the Beach Volleyball European Championships Day 3 at the Hague Beach Stadium on June 2, 2012 in The Hague, Netherlands. Richard Schuil and Emiel Boersma won in 2-0 sets. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
2012 Beach Volleyball European Championship - Day 3
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 02: Reinder Nummedor of the Netherlands show tactic during the men?s quarter final match between Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of Netherlands and Emiel Boersma and Daan Spijkers of Netherlands during the Beach Volleyball European Championships Day 3 at the Hague Beach Stadium on June 2, 2012 in The Hague, Netherlands. Richard Schuil and Emiel Boersma won in 2-0 sets. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - AUGUST 15: Beachvolleyball / Frauen: Olympische Spiele Athen 2004, Athen; PAULA/PIRES /BRA - HAKEDAL/TORLEN / NOR; Ana PAULA / BRA 15.08.04. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Olympische Spiele Athen 2004
ATHENS, GREECE - AUGUST 15: Beachvolleyball / Frauen: Olympische Spiele Athen 2004, Athen; PAULA/PIRES /BRA - HAKEDAL/TORLEN / NOR; Ana PAULA / BRA 15.08.04. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: A player signals during the primliary rounds of the Smart beach tour 2012 beach volleyball event on June 8, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Smart Beach Tour 2012 - Day 1 Hamburg
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: A player signals during the primliary rounds of the Smart beach tour 2012 beach volleyball event on June 8, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
TAMPA - JUNE 3: Karch Kiraly signals his partner during the men's finals against Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in the AVP esurance Tampa Open on June 3, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. Gibb/Rosenthal won against Kiraly/Wong in two games, 21-18, 21-17. (Photo by Holly Stein/AVP via Getty Images)
AVP esurance Tampa Open
TAMPA - JUNE 3: Karch Kiraly signals his partner during the men's finals against Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in the AVP esurance Tampa Open on June 3, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. Gibb/Rosenthal won against Kiraly/Wong in two games, 21-18, 21-17. (Photo by Holly Stein/AVP via Getty Images)
ATHENS - AUGUST 14: A member of the Chinese team signals during the women's preliminary Beach Volleyball match on August 14, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre at the Faliro Coastal Zone Complex in Athens, Greece. Australia won 21-18, 21-18. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Women's Beach Volleyball Prelims - AUS v CHN
ATHENS - AUGUST 14: A member of the Chinese team signals during the women's preliminary Beach Volleyball match on August 14, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre at the Faliro Coastal Zone Complex in Athens, Greece. Australia won 21-18, 21-18. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
ATHENS - AUGUST 14: The German team communicates their strategy during the women's preliminary match on August 14, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre at the Faliro Coastal Zone Complex in Athens, Greece. Germany won 21-17, 21-18. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Women's Beach Volleyball Prelims - GER v CHN
ATHENS - AUGUST 14: The German team communicates their strategy during the women's preliminary match on August 14, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre at the Faliro Coastal Zone Complex in Athens, Greece. Germany won 21-17, 21-18. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
BEIJING - AUGUST 20: Todd Rogers of the United States signals his teammate during the men's semifinal beach volleyball match against Georgia at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 12 - Beach Volleyball
BEIJING - AUGUST 20: Todd Rogers of the United States signals his teammate during the men's semifinal beach volleyball match against Georgia at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
ATHENS - AUGUST 14: Summer Lochowicz of Australia signals to her teammate during their match against China in the women's preliminary match on August 14, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre at the Faliro Coastal Zone Complex in Athens, Greece. Australia won 21-18, 21-18. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Women's Beach Volleyball Prelims - AUS v CHN
ATHENS - AUGUST 14: Summer Lochowicz of Australia signals to her teammate during their match against China in the women's preliminary match on August 14, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre at the Faliro Coastal Zone Complex in Athens, Greece. Australia won 21-18, 21-18. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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