Bump, Set, Spike Vol. IX: How Knowing NCAA Volleyball Rules Will Improve Your Volleyball Game

November 17, 2011
by Justin

Every great NCAA volleyball player began their career as a young athlete whose interest was sparked in their first volleyball game. In order to make it the NCAA volleyball level, you must fully understand NCAA volleyball rules from top to bottom. Every volleyball game presents different challenges from your opponents. You can be as athletically prepared as you want to be, but if you don’t fully understand NCAA volleyball rules, you’ll never play NCAA volleyball.

If volleyball rules have ever been an issue in your volleyball game, and you want to take your talent to the NCAA volleyball level, you’ve came to the right place. Welcome back to BSS, the ultimate internet destination for NCAA volleyball drills, tips and techniques, provided to you by ScoutMe. In volume one we explored jumping techniques, while two and three had tips and NCAA volleyball drills to increase your agility and endurance. Volume four was a basic tutorial on how to set on the next level, while in week five we learned some cutting edge volleyball drills from NCAA Volleyball and Olympic legend, Misty May-Treanor. In volume six the focus was on bumping/passing volleyball drills and techniques and volume seven’s focus was all about the proper execution of a kill. Last week’s set of drills were all about blocking and this week is all about understanding volleyball rules at the NCAA volleyball level; let’s get into basic volleyball rules.

Basic NCAA Volleyball Rules

The volleyball game at the NCAA volleyball and professional levels are very similar; there is still a differences depending upon gender. For instance, women’s NCAA volleyball nets are 7’4” while the men’s NCAA volleyball nets are 8’ tall. An important NCAA volleyball rule to understand is that contact with the net is permitted, as long as it does not interfere with the play during the volleyball game. Another interesting NCAA volleyball rule is that the volleyball can contact any part of the body. I’ve seen middles whiff a block and the ball bounce of someone’s head in a NCAA volleyball game. The great thing is that the team kept the volleyball in play and even won the volleyball game.

More Important NCAA Volleyball Rules and Regulations

NCAA volleyball games are scored rally style, with not point cap. Every NCAA volleyball game has to be won by at least two points and teams switch sides at game’s end in sets 1-4 and when leading team reaches eight points in set five. Both men and women’s NCAA volleyball games go to five sets max and no matter the gender, the fifth game goes to 15. Every Men’s NCAA volleyball game goes to 30 the first four sets, unlike the women who play to 25 each volleyball game. The NCAA volleyball court size is 59′ x 29’6″ for both genders.

New NCAA Volleyball Rules

The NCAA volleyball panel approved a future rule change that calls for either the libero or her teammates to wear a solid-colored jersey starting in 2013. The libero’s shirt or jersey must be in clear contrast to the other members of the team. The volleyball rules had to change simply to allow for a simpler delineation for volleyball game officials, who were having trouble distinguishing liberos from other players due to similar uniforms. The volleyball rule won’t be implemented until 2013, to provide participating NCAA volleyball institutions with advance notice of the rule before purchasing uniforms in the future. The panel also approved a change in the sequence of signals by the referee after a point is scored. The NCAA volleyball rule goes into effect in 2012 and requires the referee to first signal which team is serving the next point, then signal the nature of the call. This adaptation is the normal practice being used in USA Volleyball and international volleyball games.

These NCAA volleyball rules should keep your volleyball IQ high. Check back next week for another installment of BSS; we’ll be exploring more volleyball drills that will take your volleyball game from the high school volleyball to the NCAA volleyball level. This is Bump, Set, Spike and this is Yorick Hempstead signing off.




Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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