Volleyball is a sport that generally has a different set of rules depending on the level of play. Although many rules overlap, there are some small differences in how the rules are interpreted and applied. Another difference can be the number of sets played at each level. Here is a list of the number of games usually played at each level of volleyball.
Usually there are five sets in a high school volleyball game. If the match is tied at two sets each, the teams will play the fifth set to determine the winner. This last set is played to 15 points. The team with the most points at the end of the set is declared the winner. If there is a tie after 15 points played, one point is added to the score. And the game continues until one team has more points than the other.
Is college volleyball the best of the 3?
There may be exceptions to the rules in college volleyball just like at other levels of the sport, but NCAA regular season games are scheduled as a best of 3 out of 5.
The Beach volleyball is designed to be a best-of-3 format. Games go to 21 points instead of the 25 points used in indoor volleyball. The winning team must lead by 2 points to win the set and there is no limit. Therefore, the first team to lead by 2 after a total of 21 wins the set.
Volleyball Rules Violations
Committing one of these volleyball rules violations gives the opponent one point.
- Step over or cross the service line when serving while making contact with the ball.
- Failed to get the ball over the net.
- Ball handling errors and illegal handling of the ball (double touch, pick up, carry, shoot, etc.)
- Touch the ball net with any part of the body while the ball is in play
- Block a ball coming from the opponent’s court and touch the ball when it reaches the net if your opponent did not use 3 contacts AND has a player to make a play with the ball.
- Attacking a ball coming from the opponent’s court and touching the ball as it passes over the net when the ball has not yet crossed the vertical plane of the net.
- Cross the center line of the field with any part of the body except one hand or one foot. It is only considered a violation if the entire hand or foot crosses the center line of the court.
- Service out of rotation or out of service.
- Blocking the defender (deflecting a ball coming from the opponent) when, at the moment of contact, the defender is close to the net and has part of his body above the net top of the net. This is an illegal block.
- Back-row player who attacks a ball inside the frontcourt (the area inside the 3m/10ft line) when, at the moment of contact, the ball is completely on the network. It is an illegal attack.
Why does a volleyball match start with 4 points?
The answer to this question is a bit complicated. To understand this, we need to take a look at the history of volleyball.
This game was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan. Originally it was played with six to nine players on a team. The game was played on a field 25 feet wide and 50 feet long.