Rules for Playing Volleyball Could Be Changing (One More
Rules for playing volleyball have changed in 1990's and 2000's
quite a bit with the libero rules and new scoring, etc.
So, it shouldn't be a surprise that volleyball rules could be changing
BUT can you believe that..
Front Row Attack Could Be Becoming Illegal!
Rules for Playing Volleyball - Could Front Row Attack Really
FIVB, international governing body has been testing new volleyball
rules to make the front row attack illegal for the receiving
To Support or Not to Support?
Tests started a couple of years ago. FIVB tests claim the proposed
changes would be successful and majority of nations support the rules
changes. Top volleyball nations did not support it.
However, in the beginning of 2010 it was suggested by Rules of the Game
Committee, Coaches and Referees to FIVB Executive Bureau not to support
the changes, because changes would not be good for women's or junior
Which side you would take?
What do you think about?
Sounds too dramatic? Is it going to change the game too much?
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What is Behind the Proposed Changes in Volleyball Rules?
Rules for Playing Volleyball - the Issues in Today's Game
Let's take an objective look at the game facts to find out what is
behind the proposed dramatic changes?
Let's try to understand governing body's point of view.
The issues in today's game:
- The rallies are short. About 80% of the rallies stop after
the first attack or serve.
- Extremely tall players are dominating. The government
body's goal is to make "volleyball for all".
- Increased serving errors at the top level are bothering the
Why Volleyball Rallies Are Short?
The rallies are short because:
- Offense is superior compared to defense.
Why? Defensive players don't have enough time to react to the spike the
attackers are too close, or the court is too big to defend.
- Offensive players (4 of them) are superior to the block (3
- Service Errors
Why? Serving team chooses to take big risks in serves. Otherwise
chances to stop the offense are small. (22% of the rallies halt from
Rules for Playing Volleyball - Goal of the New Proposed Rules
Float serving will increase again?
- FIVB, the governing body wants to give a better opportunity
for the defending team to dig the ball up.
continuation probability after the counter attack is 50%. Therefore
they want rally to continue further than the first attack in each rally.
- Reduce interruptions from serve.
Players do not have to take big risks with the serve, since they have
better changes to dig the ball up with the new rules.
Rules of Playing Volleyball - What are the Proposed Changes?
So, the governing body is proposing to "reduce the kills" of the
receiving team by making a rule "the offensive play after serve receive
can be attacked only behind 10 feet line (3 meter line)."
The international governing body, FIVB also hopes this will decrease
the size of the players because giants are not needed to stop the giant
front row hitters. (Less height and reach is needed to stop a back row
attack vs. front row attack).
Fans will see players flying and using the airborne skills. (The
players have to jump and fly more when they hit back row.)
Less injuries since attackers are further off for the receiving team.
(Note: The goal of FIVB is to not to change the characteristics of the
game and keep the rules changes simple. The proposed rules changes
doesn't require any change in the court or ball and wouldn't cause any
(Editor's note: There must have been discussions about changing the
court size, lines or the ball also, but governing body chose not to go
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