How do you keep score in volleyball?
How do you keep score in volleyball?
"Un-returned service" is the short answer.
There are two types of volleyball scoring:
"Sideout scoring" and "Rally scoring".
Sideout scoring has been more common, but rally scoring is finding more favor in high school level volleyball in recent years:
A point is scored when a member of the serving team successfully grounds the ball on the opponents side of the court, or a player on one team serves the ball and the receiving team is unable to return the ball to the serving team in 3 or less hits, one of several examples of a "fault".
This is from page 23 of the following link: Source(s): http://www.usavolleyball.org/media/rules...
Having been a USVBA certified score keeper in the past, this isn't really a simple answer without actually showing you the scoresheet but here goes.....
One way is if your team serves the ball and it lands in bounds on the other teams court then you get a point. you also score by the other team hitting it anywhere out of bounds after your team served. If any of the same happens and your team didn't serve the ball then you get possesion of the serve but no point. These types of games are usually played to 15, but a team has to win by two or the first to 17. such as examples of final scores can be 15-10, 15-13, 16-14, 17-15, 17-16
In rally scoring all of the above is the same except that anytime the ball changes sides you also get a point, wether you serve or not. This method has become the one used mostly now in club, high school, college and international levels. These types of games are also played to 25 but a team has to win by two. There is no scoring cap.
The most common way for scoring in volleyball is the rally scoring, which means everytime the ball touches the floor some one gets a point. For example: Team 1 serves the ball to team 2 and no one passes the ball on team 2, they just let it hit the floor. Team 1 gets the point. Now team 1 serves again and this time team 2 passes the ball, the setter sets the ball to the hitter and the hitter hits it over to team 1. Team 1 doesnt touch teh ball, it hits the floor. Team 2 gets the point. In Sideout scoring, take the same scenario as before, but this time when team 1 serves the ball and team 2 is the one that hits on the other side and the ball hits the floor, no one gets a point. But then team 2 serves the ball to team 1 and team 1 lets the ball hit the floor, now team 2 gets the point because they were the ones that served the ball. Its a little complicated to understand but youll get it.
6 years of playing volleyball
Old school... "side-out" scoring. You need to have the serve in order to score points. Otherwise, when you win a rally, you win only a "side-out," (no points, but) the right to serve and chance to score points on the next play.
Nowadays... "rally" scoring. You can score a point on every rally, regardless of whether you have the serve.
Some background color on the two scoring systems...
There is a BIG difference to side-out scoring versus rally scoring. The difference lies in the fact that it is MUCH easier to side-out (win rallies when you're receiving serve) than to win rallies when you are serving. The advantage is heavily in favor of the team receiving serve. It is easier to side-out than to keep your serve.
With side-out scoring, you would be free to try risky plays when you have the serve since you don't lose points if you lose the rally, and if you do lose the rally, it is more likely to win back the serve (side-out) than for the other team to score on you; i.e., you "gamble" more often when you have the serve. Additionally, with side-out scoring you can also slow down a game. Even if you are losing badly (e.g., 4-13), you still have a chance to nickel and dime your way back into the game.
With rally scoring, once you go down by more than a few points, the game is essentially over. It is virtually impossible to catch-up because all the other team has to do is win alternating "side-out" rallies, which are easier to do, while you have to keep your serve without breaking.
25 years of playing AA-level volleyball. Son of former U.S. Olympic coach.
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