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FIVB testing revolutionary volleyball rule in 2017!

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source: globoesporte.globo.com, voleyplus.com; Photo: fivb.org

It seems that 2017 will be a revolutionary year for volleyball!



Media from around the globe reported that the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) plans to introduce several new rules in 2017 of which two are already set for later this year.

Several coaches, including Brazilian José Roberto Guimarães ‘Zé Roberto’, Americans Karch Kiraly and Hugh McCutcheon and Italian Giovanni Guidetti met in Lausanne, Switzerland, in February 2017 and proposed a revolutionary idea of playing matches to best-of-seven sets by using rally scoring system to 15 points! The idea is part of the FIVB’s intention to make games more attractive to the fans, whether in gymnasiums or at home and, of course, to meet the demands of television networks who want shorter games.

So, at the FIVB’s Executive Committee and Board of Administration meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, at the beginning of May, this rule was approved for testing at both U23 World Championships – Women’s in Slovenia, from August 27 to September 3, and Men’s in Egypt, on August 18-26. If this experiment shows good results, it should be adopted in competitions involving senior teams around the world until the end of the year.

Another new rule will be implemented at these two tournaments – coaches will no longer be forced to stand only in the marked areas. In the other words, the area for the coaches will be eliminated.

There are several other rules waiting to be tested and then carried into effect most likely during 2017: improvement in the video challenge system, less rigorous double contact rule, total end of technical time-outs and increasing the limit to eight substitutions without needing to stop the match.


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Karch88 May 18, 2017 - 9:35 pm

Go to a timed game and eliminate sets all together. Volleyball is the only major sport that uses this set system. I dislike paying for a 5 set match and leaving after a 3 set win. This doesn’t help the broadcaster either – it then requires them to have filler content for the match finishing early. A timed game is the answer. Transition from end of point to serve can be handled by a shot-clock just as basketball requires a shot to be taken with 24 seconds – we can require a serve to be made in 12 once the play ends. Adding a bonus feature of quicker transitions into play – can add a level of urgency to the game that it doesn’t have right now.

Billy May 19, 2017 - 12:17 am

Re: @Karch88

JA May 19, 2017 - 7:38 pm

Re: @Karch88
Ummm Tennis?

Ngueuchebruno525 May 19, 2017 - 1:08 pm

I think moving to sets of 15 will be good for business but not so much for the players at the highest level. If you play volleyball constantly and competitively you’ll bare with me that it’s around the 15 point mark that you really start to get a feel of the game and really warm up to it. That’s how the 25 point system was built and that’s how it has influenced the game that much. But now as a volleyball fan watching bowling or squatch on tv ahead of volleyball doesn’t bode well for this sport which requires more attention. If it has to be marketable I think it should be revised altogether to be like basketball. Rather than sets we have timed quarters. Substitutions that don’t hinder game progress. Of course people will say it will kill the volleyball tradition but that is the way forward for the sports in this digital era.

@Karch May 19, 2017 - 1:25 pm

Baseball, Golf…

John Doek May 19, 2017 - 2:21 pm

My opinion:
1. Official balls – both versions are disasters for Internet/TV audience… When they are quick and rotate both create unpleasant visual or optical illusions – disappearing and blurring. Moreover they do not have clear contrast from surroundings… However FIVB pretends this problem does not exist..What is behind? It has several negative consequences for volleyball, and audience… (Since 1998 I have seen only one event – last yearś Cup from Brazil, which did not harm my eyes..).
2. I support testing of new rules concerning of “back court attacks”…
This since 1972/76 , BCA creeping effects have totally changed volleyball.. Suddenly there was need for very tall MB, the opposite players etc.. Surprising combinations by front row players had vanished …Attacks had advatage in ratio to block on a net. The game has become stereotyped, nowadays in men v. exists practically only one pattern. Smaller genetic nations, teams do not have almost any chance nowadays… Paradoxically BCA was invented by Japan, which now destroys them… Exception is China NT in a women volleyball – however they have found tall players…
3. Audience does not like too many mistakes on serves and long preparation on that… .
4. In volleyball there is too many prolonging, breaks, interruptions. Unusual it is a common, ritual hugging after every rally. Nothing like exist in other team sports… I do not have anything against showing fellowship, emotions but after the set, or matches – during the sets only with exception, when an action, performance was unique, extraordinary. Otherwise it is only artificial, not interesting routine..
5. I do not see any problem in a current volleyball system played on sets, similar as in the beach volleyball, tennis, badminton , etc.. Even I do not care when a good match is longer. Everybody can remember some matches m/w from OGs which were longer but very exiting.TVs broadcast a tennis almost daily, therefore there should not be a problem also with volleyball in this aspect…

Volleytotte May 19, 2017 - 2:32 pm

Scandinavian game set system all over ägain, why not give bonus point system a try again? Prefer the old system with sideout play, gave the game an extra dimention.

random dude May 19, 2017 - 3:03 pm

Give each coach: 1 timeout and 1 challenge. That way they will be wiser when using it instead of spamming breaks in play.

Jan Maier May 19, 2017 - 3:58 pm Reply
Schmidt May 20, 2017 - 12:34 am

Let’s face it, volleyball has been trying for decades to change the game to make it more TV friendly, a.k.a. fan friendly. The truth is an entity can’t put something on tv without SOMEONE buying the ads in between coverage…commercials! How do we develop a better fan base should be the challenge we address.

One, idea is not burn out the young ladies and gents growing up in the sport because the club season is seven to nine months long pending on what region you live in and high school and camps fill the remainder of the time during the year. By having these young volleyball athletes grow up still loving the game long after they are done playing it competitively helps give back to the game. Unfortunately, USAVB doesn’t govern it’s regions very well and we have allowed major business to take over doing what’s best for them instead of what’s best for the athletes.

– Just take a look at research…there’s a lot of proven facts stating athletes are better off being mulitsport athletes. Compare a starting pitcher in baseball to a outside attacker…average 120 pitches per start with a four day rest in between, an outside attacker can average up to 50 plus swings a match, three times a day over a three-day weekend and return to practice Tuesday for another 250 swings…that’s 650 swings in the same five days a pitcher pitches 120 times.
– If they can have a break they could develop a stronger love for the game after their playing careers, thus more willing to give back as a spectator (a.k.a. consumer of the products that the commercials are selling!) What is the hug like from your child every day he or she comes home from school? Maybe an eh, hug! Send him or her off to camp for two weeks, what is that hug like then? Much more special! That’s how these young ladies and gents feel when they receive a break from the game now and then to be kids!
– The older generations had an opportunity to make memories away from their sports. By having memories away from the court, they don’t feel overwhelmed by the sport they played and again wiling to give back to the game. Think about many of the NBA, NFL, MBL and NHL fans that follow the most promising sports here in America, don’t you think they are living out their dreams following athletes in their favorite sports? Living through athletes because their game wasn’t quite to that level? Basically, fanatically follow a sport generating prospering revenue for the sponsors (commercial ads) because they were never burnt out in a sport they loved.

Second, have you ever tried to walk up to a sand court in a place you aren’t known at and try to play pick up volleyball? You discover other volleyball athletes can be complete asses because they don’t know your game and will judge that you don’t know the game before they believe you can challenge their game. Every time we push someone away from the sand courts around the country, we are possibly pushing away another fan for the game. After all, the NBA, NFL, MBL and NHL fan base isn’t all former players in that sport. In fact, many are not…yet, they weren’t treated like a nobody when they tried to get involved with the game. We can be very arrogant in public and not be more outreaching to others to follow the game and learn the game better. Earlier in my career of coaching at the club and college level I discovered one of the biggest reasons why many wouldn’t watch the game was they didn’t understand it (the competitive game). It’s not the back yard game they are familiar with…’this is my area and if the ball comes to this area I will touch it, other than that it’s not my ball’ type of game. Maybe it’s something that we respect more…there are two games of volleyball, the competitive game with rules, transition, play calls, etc. and the recreation game, basically the backyard, junk ball game. With respect for both maybe we treat each other with a little more courtesy, thus inviting fans into the game instead of pushing them away.

These are just a couple of ideas that maybe if we address more then maybe, just maybe fans will starting turning out for volleyball events…then the sponsors will start buying up more ads and with more ads, the game is on tv more!

Just my thoughts since changing the game so much and so often hasn’t quite given the sport the respect to be a tv commodity! Heck, look at the ‘other football’! Soccer 30 years ago in America would have never been dreamed of having tv coverage like it does have today because ‘it’s not real football’ by the good ole boys! Yet, they are on tv often and even have their own television channels in America. Volleyball had the better shot of tv popularity back then, but somehow soccer did it right and well…we are still trying!

Longtermplayer-referee-journalist for volleyball May 20, 2017 - 8:50 am

FIVB you now definitely hit the highest point with your stupid rules. Do you really want all Volleyballers to stop playing? there will be no Volleyball left if you change the game so much and nothing to broadcast or draw your attention to. FIVB has not come up with many good changes so far, the game is not recognisable to ppl that have been playing 20 yrs ago (thats not a long time!!) And now you want to turn it into Tennis? 7 Sets, no thank you and its even more difficult to broadcast. At that point the final loose connection that I have to Volleyball is going to be cut. Its not the sport I started to play and love when I was a girl. 7 Sets? How can one possibly come up with such stupidity? Oh , I know the FIVB! Which are – surprizingly all people with dicks. And most ppl who play Volleyball are WOMEN!! Did you ask the women players what they want? STOP interfering this spot dickdudes!

Formerplayer May 20, 2017 - 9:04 am

When I started playing at the age of 11 Volleyball was the most played sport in the world. Not the most viewed but the most played. There was a team in literally every village. We would drive to places for the matches we had never even known existed in our little team-bus. Those were the days. Nowadays, iits 1 club in every major town. Not the playing is important anymore, its the money and winning. Like everything else in the outside modern digital world it has become hybrid.


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