NCAA Women Adopt Rally Scoring Format

July 12, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NCAA and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS), the official rules-making body for women's collegiate volleyball, announced the rule changes for the 2001 season. Among the modifications include changes in the scoring format to rally scoring, the let serve and the one toss per serve.

The most noticeable difference this season will be the move from sideout volleyball to a rally scoring format where each play will result in a point. The first four games will be scored to 30 points, with the winner holding a two-point lead. The fifth and deciding game will be played to 15 with the winner leading by two points.

Other significant changes involve the serve. Players must serve the ball within eight seconds after the referee authorizes service and will not be allowed a second toss for service. Further, the collegiate game will mimic the international game with the let serve. A served ball will remain in play if it hits the net and continues its path to the opposition's court. A service ace can be earned if the ball falls to the opposition's side of the court on the serve, despite contact with the net on service.

The international pursuit, an experimental rule for 2001-2002, can be implemented in a match by agreement of both coaches. The rule allows for a player to retrieve a ball (on second contact) that has crossed the plane of the net to the opponent's free space, provided that player does not touch the opponent's court and sends the ball back to their court, over or outside the antennas, for an opportunity for the third contact.

Unlike the men, the women's game will not adopt the inclusion of the libero position. Women's college teams will continue to have 18 substitutions each.

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