Here’s something to think about.

While expanding the research into ball-handling errors I talked about in this post I decided to also include blocking errors. These are ones where the refs call a blocker for being in the net, or less frequently, a center line violation.

Turns out, home teams actually get called for more blocking errors than visiting teams. It’s not by much, but it’s there.

We know that home teams win more often than visiting ones, all else being equal. Why would they make more net violations, though?

I’d love to hear your theories.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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