Basic Volleyball Terminology for Newbies
1.Volleyball Game (Set)
A volleyball game or set is played to a predetermined number of points. Games must be won by at least 2 points. For example, if a game is being played to 25 points, if a 24-24 tie occurs, the game isn’t over until a team leads by 2 points. 2.Volleyball Match
Matches are a made up of games. Match play usually consists of competing until one team wins 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 5 games. 3.Playing Fault
A fault is a violation of the rules. The result of a fault is a point. Examples of playing faults are: team hits the ball 4 times without returning it back over the net, a player contacts the ball 2 consecutive times, a player touches the net when blocking or attacking, a player catches and throws the ball. 4.Point
A point is the result of a rally. Points are scored in various ways - by players committing faults, ball landing “in”, ball landing “out”, etc. 5.Volleyball Rally
A rally is the time between the serve and the end of the play. In some volleyball terminology a rally is synonymous with volley. 6.Volley
A volley is keeping the ball in play and returning it to your opponent without committing any playing faults. 7.Rally Scoring
When a match is played with the rule of sideout scoring, every rally results in a point being scored, either by the team serving or the team receiving. 8.Side Out
When the receiving team wins the rally it is called a side out. The receiving team then must rotate positions. Now they are the serving team. 9.Sideout Scoring
When a match is played with sideout scoring, a point is only scored by the team that is currently serving.
Coaching Terms - Volleyball Terminology
A coach is the person in charge of a team. Coaches make all the big decisions for the team – submitting the line up, calling time-outs, communicating with referees, etc. 11.Volleyball Referee
The referee is the person controlling the flow of the match. Organized volleyball is...
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