Here’s something you can use if you want to work on your team closing out a set. It’s a scoring system we’ve used at Midwestern State, and a variation on stuff I’ve seen in other places and have used myself.
In our case we start the scoring at 19-19 for a 6 v 6 game. The sides alternated receiving down balls until one side reached set point. When that happens, they serve for set point. If they fail to win the point, their score resets to 19. Play continues until one side wins on their serve. We ran this game by rotation as in this version there is no rotation.
There are a number of potential variations:
- You could start with a different score. You can even use an uneven score if you have unbalanced teams, for example.
- You can make it a regular game by having rallies start with a serve and normal rotation
- You can incorporate bonus points if there’s something you want to have as a focus, though you would still want the winning point to only come via the service rally.
- You can use this scoring system for small-sided games, and not just for 6 v 6.
These are just some possible ways you can tweak things to do what you want to do. I’m sure you can think of others.