A while ago, we were watching the replay of Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s volleyball tournament, which is a match between the Philippines and Vietnam, on TV. Sadly, our country was defeated in straight sets, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23. This made me think of this sport to be discussed here in my blog. Since I already shared the way of communication through hand signals in Basketball, Football and Badminton, the Pinays’ most favorited sport in our country should also be tackled, right? Thank God, my mother was a player of this sport then so she added ideas on my little volleyball knowledge.
In every land of the volleyball, you will see the referee fold his stretched right fist to his front. The official indicates that the server may now serve.
Okay. We already know what timeout is so I don’t have to explain it. In Volleyball, each team gets two 60 second time outs per game. You will see the referee act like this.
One point is awarded to a team who was able to land the ball on the opposite court. One finger raised on the side of the court means a point to the said team.
Ball in Bounds
The referee is the only one who can tell whether the ball is inside or outside, not the viewers and not the players. The official will signal to the spot where the ball hits in bounds
Ball Out of Bounds
When the ball is out of bounds, outside the antenna or player illegally in adjacent in court, the referee will move his both hands upward.
A player may not contact the ball two times consecutively. When a ball is contacted more than once by a player, the referee will raise his two fingers just like what I did in the photo.
If a team contacts the volleyball more than three without returning the ball to the opposing team, a four contacts fault occurs. The referee will raise his four fingers just like what I did in the photo.
End of Game
From a cross arms, the referee will move his both arms outward. This signifies that the match has ended.