|（Depantment of Physical Education，Hunan First Nomal College，Changsha 410205，China）
Abstract: Basing their research subjects on world high performance second passers of women volleyball in Beijing Olympic Games 2008, the authors probed into dedicated competitive characteristics of second passers, such as fig-ure, physical making, age, scoring ability, etc. The average age of the second passers was older than the team aver-age, while their body weights and Quetelet indexes were lighter/smaller than team averages, but the differences were not significant; their heights, spike heights and block heights were significantly lower than team averages, and the differences were significant. The scoring ability of the second passers mainly embodied indirectly in the process of offense organization. In addition, the improvement of the backcourt attacking and scoring abilities of assistant second passers also brought changes to this dedicated function.
Key words: competition and training；second passer of women volleyball；competition characteristics