Volleyball video analysis is important for developing applications such as player evaluation system or tactic analysis system. Among its different topics, player action recognition serves as an elementary building brick for understanding player’s behavior. Most conventional player action recognition methods have limits in real volleyball game due to the occlusion and intra-class variation problems. This paper proposes a 3D global trajectory and multi-view local motion combined volleyball player action recognition method. 3D global trajectory extracts global motion feature through 3D trajectories, which hides the unstable and incomplete 2D motion feature caused by the above problems. Multi-view local motion gets detailed local motion feature of arms and legs in multiple viewpoints and removes clutter features caused by occlusion problem. Through the combination, global 3D feature and local motion feature mutually promote each other and the actions are recognized well. Experiments are conducted on game videos from the Semifinal and Final Game of 2014 Japan Inter High School Games of Men’s Volleyball in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The experiments show the combing result accuracy achieves 98.39%, 95.50%, 96.86%, 96.98% for spike, block, receive, toss respectively and improve 11.33% averagely than the sing-view local motion based result.