There are a number of new rules which have been introduced to the game for
the 1999-2000 season. A full Official Volleyball Rulebook is available to
download from the FIVB website (www.fivb.org).
An outline of the changes is given below:
Ball touches net on service
A served ball which touches
the net remains in play. If, after touching the net, the ball passes to the
opposite side then the ball remains in play.
A player is only allowed to release the
ball once in an attempt to serve. There are no second attempts. A player is
allowed 8 seconds in which to serve following the referees whistle and
Net touched by a player
Touching the net is ONLY a fault
when playing the ball or interfering with play.
Matches are now played using rally-point
scoring throughout all five sets (ie. every rally scores a point for the winning
team, regardless of who served). Matches will be played to the best of five
sets; the first four sets are played to 25 points and the fifth (if needed) is
played to 15 points. Each set must be one by two clear points.
Second team hit
Normal strict standards should apply to
the second and third contacts unless a player making a defensive play is doing
so under extreme pressure.
A special playing position introduced this
year who has certain playing and other restrictions. In particular, the
- must be nominated on the scoresheet at the start of the match and on the team's line-up sheet for the first set
- must wear a differently styled/coloured shirt
- must stay as libero player for the whole match
- may not serve, block (or attempt to block) or attack the ball when it is above net height
- may not set the ball from front-court using an overhand pass which is then
attacked from above net height
- cannot play in front-court positions
- may set up an attack when standing in back-court
- can be exchanged any number of times (entering and leaving along the
back-court sideline) provided a rally takes place between libero changes but
only the player who was replaced by the libero may come back on for
- the libero may not act as game captain
- if a libero becomes injured then he/she may be replaced, but only once,
and he/she may not re-enter the match
A "verbal warning" is now given when
a referee first decides that a team's behaviour has gone beyond an acceptable
limit. No card is shown but the game captain is warned that further misconduct
will be penalised. If any player subsequently commits an offence of rude conduct
during the match then he/she will the receive the yellow card penalty, which is
now accompanied with the loss of a rally (and hence point to the opposite team).
If the same player repeats rude conduct then an expulsion is sanctioned using
the red card and the player concerned must sit behind the team bench or in a
designated area., taking no part in the match for the remainder of the set in
progress. For repeated offences after expulsion, a player is sanctioned with
disqualification (red and yellow cards) and must leave the control area (sprts
hall area) for the remainder of the match.
Will apply to the whole match (as for
misconduct), rather than one for each set. On the second occasion a team delays
play it will receive a delay penalty.
Freedom of movement of Coaches
A couch is now
allowed to stand or walk anywhere in the free zone, infront of the team bench from
the extension of the attack line up
to the warm-up area. The coach must not interfere with or delay the game and
should not stand in the substitution zone.