William Morgan, the game’s creator, would still recognize it because Volleyball has retained certaindistinctive and essential elements over the years. Some of these it shares with other net/ball/racquet games:
– Rotation (taking turns to serve)
Volleyball is, however, unique amongst net games in insisting that the ball is in constant flight– a flying ball – and by allowing each team a degree of internal passing before the ball must bereturned to the opponents.
The introduction of a specialist defensive player – the Libero – has moved the game forward in terms of rally length and multi-phase play. Modifications to the service rule have changed the act of service from simply a means of putting the ball in play to an offensive weapon.
The concept of rotation is entrenched to allow for all-round athletes. The rules on player positions must permit teams to have flexibility and to create interesting developments in tactics.
Competitors use this framework to contest techniques, tactics and power. The framework also allows players a freedom of expression to enthuse spectators and viewers.And the image of Volleyball is increasingly a good one.
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