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Volleyball Rally Scoring

The USA Volleyball Rules of the Game Commission met in February 1999 and adopted several major rule changes that will have a noticeable effect on the game as well as tournament organization and planning. The following are a list of the significant changes in the scoring system, substitution numbers and procedure, sanction rules and procedure, and referee signal techniques. In addition, the commitment to move toward the FIVB system of scorekeeping has been made, and there will be some movement along that line in 1999. The United States Rules are required to use the FIVB rules as a basis, and these changes reflect that requirement.

These rule changes will be in effect for the 1999-2000 season of USA Volleyball competition, commencing November 1, 1999. However, the entire FIVB rule set, with some safety modifications, will be in effect for the US Open Tournaments at the 1999 USA Volleyball Open Championships in San Jose, Calif., May 31-June 3.

The change in the scoring system to all rally scoring will enable tournament organizers to better project match-time requirements since the average time of each set and match will be more predictable. The substitution systems will allow greater participation in the game by more players. The reconstructed sanction system and procedure is designed to allow referees to better control real misconduct in the matches while allowing participants to express their natural feelings as each rally terminates with a winner and a loser.

1999-2000 RULE CHANGES

Scoring System

Rule 7 is amended to reflect the change to all rally scoring. The best of three or best of five games will win matches. Each non-deciding game will be won by the team that first scores 25 points with a minimum two-point advantage (no scoring cap). If there is a deciding game, it will be won by the team that first scores 15 points with a minimum two-point advantage (no scoring cap). Point will be scored on each rally. If the receiving team wins the rally, they score a point and gain the serve.