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Some things to make volleyball better

There’s an article on Volleyball Country in which a contributor talks about three things he thinks would make volleyball better. This is from a spectator’s perspective They are:

  • Emotions
  • Live statistics
  • Better video challenge

The other two are fairly straightforward. In terms of emotion, the author’s idea is to allow players to basically taunt the opposition. For example, a blocker would be able to scream in the face of a hitter they just roofed.

Maybe he doesn’t remember, but that sort of thing used to be allowed – at least in men’s volleyball. On the women’s side the rules of conduct were more strict in my remembering. I recall always thinking it was stupid that a girl would get a yellow card, or at least a warning, for something that boys did all the time. These days male and female players basically operate by what I remember were the expectations for girls when I was involved in high school volleyball in the late 80s.

Personally, I’m fine with things the way they are. I think there’s plenty of emotion in the sport. The author specifically mentioned football as an example of a sport with a lot of emotion, but the NFL banned taunting years ago.

For me, there’s a real difference in watching men’s volleyball live vs. watching it on TV. I much prefer the former because you experience the emotion, the athleticism, the power and speed, etc. in a way which has yet to really translate through the broadcast medium. I think women’s volleyball, with it’s generally longer rallies and lesser reliance on physicality, is a better TV/streaming watching experience.

Of course, the quality of the broadcast is a central factor, which speaks to the live stats and video replay improvement desires.

We said what!?

One morning when coaching in Sweden I had the experience of looking at my Facebook feed and noticing a piece from the Oresundliga page. It related to that night’s match between my team (Svedala) and the Danish side Amager. Said page linked to a Swedish newspaper story about the match. The reporter suggested we were expecting a 3-0 or 3-1 win. Supposedly, this came from our team manager.

Cue inward groan. 🙁

I messaged said manager upon seeing the story and said, “Did you really tell a reporter that we’d win 3-0 or 3-1 tomorrow?

His response was that he never said such a thing. He told her that we beat Amager 2-1 in preseason and that we had thus far won our home matches 3-0. As it turns out, the conversation took place on a Thursday before our most recent Saturday home match. That match ended 3-1. He said, however, the reporter in question sounded like a fill-in who didn’t really know anything about volleyball.

Request to reporters:

Don’t make sh_t up. If you give the other team “locker room material” like that when we never said any such thing, we stop talking to you. I realize volleyball is not a high profile sport. Still, we deserve the respect of fair reporting.