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Volleyball Games

It is important for you to understand the basic structure of a volleyball game.

In this tutorial we'll go over the structure of a volleyball and what you can expect when watching or playing one from beginning to end.

Table of Contents

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The Timing

There actually are no clocks in volleyball. This may sound confusing, but we'll walk you through the structure and timing of volleyball throughout this chapter.

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What We'll Be Learning

First, we'll learn the structure of a volleyball game from beginning to end. You'll learn all about:

  • Sets and Matches
  • Volley / Rally
  • Coin Toss
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Sets and Matches

Volleyball games are played in sets. Each set is played until one team reaches twenty-five points, winning by at least two points. In order to win a match, a team needs to win three out of five sets. The entire contest can be called either a game or a match, to make things as easy as possible, we'll call it a game throughout the tutorial.

In case of a tie at 24 points, the game must continue until one team gains a two-point lead. The fifth set is played to fifteen points, rather than twenty-five.Volleyball Match

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Rally

Volleyball games are played with rally scoring, meaning each time the ball goes out-of-bounds, hits the ground, or a violation is called, a team scores a point.

From the time the server hits the ball, until the ball hits the ground and play ends is called a rally. This is also called a volley, but we'll call it a rally in this tutorial.

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Rally Scoring

Each time the ball goes out of play, a point is scored. Volleyball games consist of the best of five sets.

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