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jamesfeger 11-22-2002 06:42 PM

National Volleyball Association?
 
After more than a hundred years and tens of millions of players, why hasn't volleyball developed as a serious professional sport, Could it be its scoring structure, its objective challenges, or bad management?

Volleyball's Rallypoint Scoring Philosophy:

When W.G. Morgan invented volleyball back in 1895, he created a team net sport where the team in service had the advantage of the serve to score, and the team receiving had to work against the score for the advantage of the serve. When the service team is successfull in volley, grounding the ball on their opponent's court, they earn a point. In fact, any unsuccessfull attempt by the receiving team to defend against the volley, is also an earned point for the service team. Which means, points can be scored or earned by the service team with or without grounding the ball on their opponent's court.

When the receiving team successfully defends against a serve and hits the ball over the net and back to the service team, whether it is a successful volley or the service team fails to hit the ball back over the net again, the receiving team doesn't score or earn points, they get the serve and the scoring advantage of the team with service. Basically, this is the definition of volleyball's side-out scoring system. It is simple but pure. More importanly though, it is a balance of challenges with different but equal competitive tasks.

With the implementation of rallypoint scoring, either team can score points whether they are in the service or receiving position, and with or without making a volley. What it really does, it allows both teams the advantages of volleyball's traditional side-out scoring system.

However, in a rallypoint scoring game, the service team now has the task of serving a ball into a situation where the receiving team has three hits to set up a counter attack with at least four different ways in which to score or earn penalty points off the serve: For example, the receiving team is credited penalty points when the service team makes a bad serve that doesn't go over the net, serves the ball over the net and out of bounds, or commits a foul, and the receiving team can score by making a volley. So, under the rallypoint scoring system, it would seem that the service team is handicapped with the serve and the receiving team is in the dilemma of having the scoring advantage for the disadvantages of the serve.

Would you ever imagine a basketball game with a rally point scoring system? A basketball game that would allow either team to earn points with or without scoring a basket! Under rallypoint scoring for basketball, whenever a player is called for traveling, the other team would earn a point. Whenever a player is called for double dribble, the other team would earn a point. Whenever a team is called for throwing the ball out of bounds, the other team would earn a point. Whenever a player is called for a three second lane violation, the other team would earn a point. Whenever a player misses a shot, the other team would be awarded a point/s. When a player misses a shot, makes a rebound and missess again, the other team would be awarded points repetitively. When a player is fouled when attempting to shoot a basket, his team would earn a point for the foul, the fouled player would go to the free shot line and if he/she missed, the other team would be awarded a point. If all that isn't enough, if a game is tied with two seconds left to play, and a player takes a shot and misses, the other team would win... A basketball game that wouldn't require a team to make a basket in order to earn the game's winning point/s !!!

And, if a basketball game were ever rallypoint scored, there would be a lot less attempts to take two and three point field shots and more effort would be put into making lay-ups, a lot more lay ups.


Under the rally point scoring system for volleyball, whenever a player is called for hitting the net, the other team earns a point. Whenever a player hits the ball out of bounds, the other team would earn a point. Whenever a player is called for an illegal hit, the other team would earn a point. When a player makes a bad serve, the other team would earn a point. Whenever a player is called for a line fault on the serve, the other team would earn a point. And, if all that isn't enough, if a game is at set point, 23 - 24 and the team with 23 points makes a bad serve, the other team would win the set... A volleyball game scored by rallypoint doesn't require a team's opponent to serve a ball over the net in order for a team to earn the set's winning point !!!

In fact, under the rally point system of scoring, two basket ball teams could be tied at 20 to 20 without either team ever scoring a basket. In volleyball, teams could be tied at 20 to 20 without either team ever having served the ball over the net. What is the net value of this kind of performance? The net value of this kind of performance, is the difference between the scores, its zero: Nothing happened that represented any competitive action and there should never have been any value accredited.

It is highly improbable that this would happen. But, this kind of non-competitive feature is an inherent part of the rallypoint scoring system. And, the side effects of being govern by such logic, would create a competitive environment that would lead to incorporating such plays as to allow a basketball player to score points by making a basket from out of bounds, or allow a serve in volleyball to hit the net and slide down onto their opponent's court for a point. In either situation, basketball or volleyball, it is functionally ludicrous or ridiculous. And, the net value of these kind of plays, is in the difference between their functional definitions, its zero.

A team net sport played under the rules of rallypoint scoring isn't volleyball. Its rallyball !!! And, rallyball is a game degenerated from volleyball with its roots of play founded in the FIVB philosophy of fallacy.

regards,

James W. Feger
P.O. Box 501481
Chalan Kanoa, Saipan
MP 96950

Telephone: (670) 288-8722
http://www.saipan.com/business/rocball/index.htm

Marc 11-23-2002 12:02 PM

Welcome, what a great post. :) I'm not sure, but I will say that volleyball is one of my favorite sports to play ... behind basketball and tennis, probably. I've been playing it a lot lately and it's a great game because you rely on your teammates so much and you have to work as a team.

lmanchur. 11-23-2002 12:35 PM

Volleyball is like thee most popular sport in Manitoba -- that's like the most important sport in high schools there. And, the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg were ranked #1-#2 or #2-#1 ni the COUNTRY all year long in CIS Men's Vball play.

I hate playing Vball... mainly 'cuz I'm terrible at it. I don't mind watching the national teams play though.

Alex 01-20-2003 03:20 PM

there is a women's volley ball league called the USPV is currently in difficult times but was very popular with fans last year


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