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More innovations in 2017: FIVB testing new rules regarding serve and back-row attack!

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The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is determined to make volleyball fairly different sport than it was before 2017. It plans to introduce two more new rules this year, as volleyball.it revealed!

Volleyball serve

Volleyball serve


After deciding to try out a revolutionary rule of the games playing to best-of-seven sets (up to 15 points each) and rule of eliminating restricted areas for coaches both in the upcoming Men’s and Women’s U23 World Championships, the FIVB will implement two more new regulations at these two tournaments, according to volleyball.it.

New rule No.1 concerns jumping serve: A player that makes this kind of serve must land before the service line after hitting the ball.

New rule No.2 concerns back-row attack: A player performing this kind of attack must land before the 3-meter line after hitting the ball.

Just like in the case of other new rules this year, these two might also come to life in senior competitions by the end of 2017. So, do you like them?


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synlerak June 16, 2017 - 11:44 pm

Terrible! All of it!
I normally won’t react in such fashion but these changes are simply awfull. Changing these rules will take away the power and impressiveness of these kind of moves and it kills the creativeness that can be made in back-row attacks.

Is that change for the serviceline meant to let the players take less risk in their serve? Is it an objective to go back to the serves before the 2000s? No thanks! Volleyball as a game is already interesting enough on its own, the only thing that might be necessary is to make the game run smoother between points. Removing technical time-outs is a great start but when will it finally be integrated on international level?

Greg Guenther June 17, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Re: @synlerak I agree, let’s stop making these radical changes. The game is fantastic the way it is! Very confusing for fans to keep changing the rules.

dee jae69 June 17, 2017 - 12:13 am

sometimes FIVB don’t use their brains.

Bill Stobie June 17, 2017 - 1:04 am

Maybe the serve change will cut down the number of aces and faults, maybe, but it will give the upper hand back to the receiving team. The back court hit rule would be better to say you must land with at least one foot behind the 3m line which would take the b/c attack off the net but still make it a viable attack.

John July 25, 2017 - 12:28 am

Re: @Bill Stobie
How do you measure a foot without a true marker. If so, why don’t you just repaint the 3-meter line a foot back.

Cb June 17, 2017 - 5:46 am

Stupid ideas. I don’t mind the best 7 games though

PC June 17, 2017 - 6:06 am

I’d replace the service rule and back row attack rule with increasing the height of the net. The effect would be equivalent. Over the years, athletes have been getting taller therefore the sport won’t change that much as compared to the game with these new rules.

gu song yun June 17, 2017 - 6:13 am

really awful changes.
like taking a step back from the game itself. The game had been evolved to a more competitive & interesting game from the years. Just make the game run smoother will be good enough.

david akinbo June 17, 2017 - 8:54 am

its just pure madness must there be changes made to the game… come on whats d effect of a jump serve or a back row attack if u can not land after the line. this is the beauty of the game so please they shd give us a break.

John Doek June 17, 2017 - 9:33 am

BCA since 1976 has completely changed the volleyball. It has changed the balance on a net between attackers and blocks, for attackers… Surprising and quick front row combinations disappeared . They were attractive for public. Defense against BCAs was introducing of very tall MBs and applying a risked service…
Then libero was introduced… Started specializations, volleyball became stereotyped.. Till this term also genetically smaller nations – like Japan, could compete with a rest of world… I recommend to see on YT their match against Poland in 1976 on Olympic Games… Nowadays half of a world population in the men volleyball does not have any change against 210-217 tall MBlockers, and opposites with hight 205-2017.. (Something different is in women NTs, where China found somehow tall players…)
How the BCA has influenced the volleyball is possible to see when to compare finals OGs 1976(with 2 touches), 1996 without libero and 2012 with an extremely tall opposite, what is now one of trends for top NTs…
As far as a testing rule – perhaps better would be to put the attacking line some distance backwards of the court…

synlerak June 17, 2017 - 10:06 am

Great that you post suggestions but I’m afraid they might not work out either.

Changing the line rules by making it you have to have at least one foot behind the 3rd meter line while performing a backcourt attack might be too difficult to control at all times. Also, most players land with their feet next to eachother so how do you have to do that? Spreading your feet back and forth? Wouldn’t that have a risk to increase injuries?

The best of seven is completely changing the volleyballsport like that we know today. The change from 15 points per set to 25 at the late 90s was a good one because the games got longer and there were more things that could happen in such longer sets. The best of seven is simply going back to that system back in the 90s and before and adding a few extra sets. Changing this right now would simply make the game unrecognisable for those who play it for years (and were born shortly before, during or after the 90s), for the neutral supporter who follows the game for years and would simply make this sport unattractive to more and more people.

Making the net higher is probably the worst thing you could do. By doing that I think you have to do that on all levels and that would only be in the disadvantage of players who don’t play at such high level or who are not crazy tall. It will limit the chances for everyone to play this sport even more and that would only decrease to popularity of the sport.

maamar June 17, 2017 - 12:01 pm

7 sets even till 15 points it become a routine sports.

oblige the player to land before the end line and 3 meter line it can avoid some faults but no more show

some guy June 17, 2017 - 2:41 pm

the simple solution would be to change the net touch rule again, back to only the top of the net players cannot touch

lewis June 17, 2017 - 3:14 pm

nonsense,remove the technical time outs and we are home and dry

Charlie June 17, 2017 - 11:25 pm

While back row attacking has increased the height of players at the elite level I don’t think a rule change like this is necessarily going to change that. If a team has a 7 foot middle blocker they will still play them regardless of whether they need to to defend the pipe or opposite from the back row. Front row combinations will still be easier for someone to block off they can stand and reach over the net with minimal jump.
Not sure what they’re trying to achieve with the service rule, anything that allows down the serve seems likely to make it easier to side out and result in less rallies

Ci June 18, 2017 - 5:12 am

Here’s a simple rule change.
1. Raise the net a few cm
2. Make the match 2 out of 3 sets to 25.
3. Get rid of technical time out
Like any regular club tournament
Done and done!

sylerak June 18, 2017 - 10:15 am

Re: @Ci
Changing the height of the net only to make it a little bit more difficult for tall players to reach over the net? That won’t work, well maybe you can but then you have to cope with this: if you change the height of the net on the highest level don’t you have to change to net height in that category on all levels too? Why make that net higher for professionals as the ones playing it on non-proffesional level are in the same category? That makes the gap between low and high level volleyball only bigger and less recognisable for those who play the sport and love to watch it at the highest level. But the biggest problem then will probably be the increasing exclusiveness of this sport, on all levels, height and reach will become vital and smaller players will only have an increasingly harder time coping with that even higher net and will probably start losing fun in that sport because they have limited possibilities while those big players are barely affected.

Why is it necessary to decrease the number of sets? Shorter games does not equal more interesting and watchable games. The fun thing about such longer games is that when you can’t watch the game from the start, that you miss a set or even two because of reasons, then you still have at least on entire set to enjoy, with some luck, you can even watch 3 sets. The point is, changing to number of sets necessary to win the game is not going to help to make the game more interesting, it will only make the game almost unrecognisable for people who knew something about the game(rules) but suddenly lost it because of the completely changed game-system.

Getting rid of technical time-outs is probably the only thing I agree with you here. At the Olympics, it made the games more fluent to watch with less pauses in between. That is a good change.

Larry Ruane June 18, 2017 - 4:57 pm

As a referee, the 3m attack line change would be challenging! It will be difficult to watch if the ball hits the court on the defensive side while the attacking player is landing at the same time! Maybe the R2 can watch the attacking player while the R1 watches the ball landing, but today the R2 often helps with the ball landing because R2 has the only unobstructed view.

Ariel June 18, 2017 - 10:58 pm

Ary Graça is determined to end volleyball. Terrible rules.

Todd June 19, 2017 - 8:00 am

Short games to 15 complicate rosters. In rally scoring, you’re looking at 1 1/2 rotations. 1/2 the team will only serve once! Then reset for the next game? So now your starting front row will play TWICE as much which WILL cause internal conflict for equal playing time. That’s what I though 25 was for? Both teams serve 2 rotations (win by 2). Teams will need fewer ‘dominate’ players to compete, thus team/player development will suffer.

kai June 19, 2017 - 4:37 pm

this is so STUPID!

Mark June 19, 2017 - 4:38 pm

As a player, coach, and ref these rules are ridiculous. Like @Larry said, how would the refs watch when they land with being responsible for watching the net and the landing location.

Additionally, have they watched their own games live? The crowds love serve aces! Sure there are more aces and faults than long rallies but the game evolved, long rallies are only so exciting now because of the intensity of the offense!

I can’t say much about the games to 15, maybe it will actually benefit the players focus that if a game already seems lost they have more chances to come back. Otherwise I don’t have such an opinion on this.

The only thing I like is removing the technical timeouts for more fluid viewership and gameplay.

Putting the backrow line back half a meter might do the job they are looking for but I wouldn’t do anything more than that. All the players would have to adjust their court awareness to the new line but otherwise it would limit the backrow capabilities as there is a limit to how tall/athletic the top players can be so eventually there will be a line where backrow attacks are what they should be for everyone. Also how would the player know where to take off from without a giant line they are used to using as reference, it would just cause way too much confusion and problems!

Axe June 19, 2017 - 8:58 pm

Can somebody tell me an official explanation for each new rule? I would really like to understand WHY FIVB is doing this

mike June 19, 2017 - 10:10 pm

– do not like the serving change (gives receiving team more of an advantage it does not need.
– If looking to take away from back row maybe move the attack line back for pro levels (15m?). otherwise who will watch the attack like for a landing foot fault? 2nd ref is watching net/etc

Ina June 20, 2017 - 1:43 am

Terrible. It just makes matches boring. How can athletes give their best performance and present the beauty of this sport with such stupid changes?

Vance June 20, 2017 - 1:58 am

I think the serve rule change probably good or not, we’ll see,however, the change of back attack is absolutely desaster, it will erase the player’s hard work that they train for intense match, there’s no more explosive in spike ,no more inspirable rally come out, in brief, it is reallly awful

Antonio June 20, 2017 - 7:23 am

If giving an little more advantage to the serving team (defense) is the goal, eliminate the back-row attack. No back-row player would be allowed to attack anywhere on the court above the height of the net. This might be hard for referees to catch, but I guarantee you that any player at the elite level who jumps is hitting the ball above the height of the net. A player who is 6’6′ has a standing reach of 8′, so anybody who jumps would probably violate that rule. Just a thought.

Frankly, I hate almost all of the rule changes from about 1985, or so, on. I hate rally scoring, but I understand why FIVB did that. I hate the jump serve, I hate taking the first ball with hands – I hate almost all of it. But, I’m a 60s player now, when I play, so it’s not about jumping and all that anyway. I just wish the game was the way I learned it for the younger players.

KEN ROONEY June 20, 2017 - 7:28 pm

Checked my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April first. Because that is a sick joke

Mark Ridley June 20, 2017 - 8:25 pm

We seem to constantly change rules and scoring in this sport. Just leave t the way it is! No other sports makes change MORE than volleyball.

AVO June 22, 2017 - 4:13 am

I hate these ideas, but if they insist on trying them, instead of regulating where the player lands, it would be much easier to just add a ‘serving line’ 1m behind the end line, and change the 3m line to a 4m line.

Axe June 22, 2017 - 9:18 am

Re: @AVO
Adding adding, just adding. We should make things less complicated, take away things not putting them inside

Tibi Mozes June 26, 2017 - 12:13 am

Beat of 7 to 15 and 8 subs per set is means half the team never sees the net and half only serves once per set. Going backwards in specializing the positions. I like the idea of subbing witthout stopping the game and no technical timeouts.

Lynda Swiderski July 14, 2017 - 10:25 pm

Change attack line to 4 m from the centerline and leave the rest of the game alone.

Steve August 25, 2017 - 7:54 pm

What the hell are these rules. Volleyball won’t be fun after these rule changes. I don’t get why you would ever change these rules. The game of volleyball has attracted so many people to play where I live, and with these changes I see a lot of people quitting the sport all together. Great job.

Shelson Johnson November 6, 2017 - 8:05 am

Extend the 3 metre to 4 metre. And all other same


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