Volleyball scoring works as athletes continuously attempt to earn points by putting the ball over the net in a way that your opponent can't return. Scoring is determined on a points-based system and there are two different scoring methods used throughout the game: side out scoring and rally scoring.
Side out scoring is when only the serving team can gain a point from winning a rally. With this method, the receiving team is looking for the opportunity to win the serve in order to begin winning points for their team. If a team loses their serve, they must win a rally to get the ball back and start collecting points again. When this happens, it is called a "side-out" and no team receives a point. Essentially, the serving team is always playing to win the point while the receiving team is rallying to win the serve.
There are multiple ways that the serving team can score points during a game. They can earn a point with an ace serve, which is a serve that is not returned because it lands inbounds on the opponent's side of the court untouched. If the receiving team returns the ball back over the net, the serving team can score with a kill. If the receiving team does not return the ball over the net and inbounds during a rally, the serving team will also get a point. Points can also be awarded to the serving team if the receiving team commits any sort of penalty violation during the rally.
Typically, side out scoring matches are played with best two out of three games or best three out of five games. In each game, the first team to collect 15 points wins. This method requires that there be a two-point margin of victory by the winning team, which means that the game can continue beyond 15 points until one team wins by 2 points. In some cases, a score cap may be imposed by which if a team is winning and gets to 17 points, they will win the game regardless of the point margin.
Rally scoring is when a point is awarded to one of the teams after every rally. Unlike side out scoring, teams do not need to be serving in order to score points. If a team wins a rally, they will receive both the point and the serve regardless of whether or not they were serving during the previous play. Any stoppage of playing during a game will result in a point for one team.
There are many ways to score points with this method. Teams can score with an unreturnable ace serve. If the opposing team commits a penalty, hits the ball out of bounds, or hits the ball in the net, your team will get a point. Teams can also score with a kill on the opponent's side of the court.
Rally scoring matches are usually played with the best three out of five games. Tournaments may result in the best of two out of three games. In the first four games, each game is played to 25 points with the need for a two point margin of victory. If the match goes to five games, meaning that each team has won two games, the teams will play to 15 points with a two point margin of victory.
The scoring system in volleyball is a points-based system. In rally scoring, a point is granted to the winning team of the given rally, or sequence of plays that begins with a serve and ends with a point. This is played up to 25 points with a two point margin of victory. In side out scoring, only the serving team can receive points when they win a rally. This is played up to 15 points with a two point margin of victory.
There are two main types of scoring in volleyball: side out scoring and rally scoring. With side out scoring, only the serving team can score points after a rally. With rally scoring, points are granted to a given team after every rally. Side out games are played to 15 points and rally games are played to 25 points. Both scoring methods require a two point margin of victory unless indicated otherwise.
A volleyball server will hit the ball over the net to the opponent, and the rally will be played until one team wins a point. When the team that serves the ball loses a rally, the other team will get possession of the ball. A server can not step over the serving line before hitting the ball, and they will lose the point if they serve out of bounds or into the net. The person in Zone 1, or the back right corner of the court, will always be in the serving position.
There are two main types of scoring in volleyball: side out scoring and rally scoring. With side out scoring, only the serving team can score points after a rally. The team that is receiving the ball hopes to gain possession of the serve so that they have the opportunity to earn points. With rally scoring, points are granted to a given team after every rally. Ball possession does not matter for this scoring type.