How to Keep Score in Volleyball

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There are two ways of keeping score in volleyball: rally scoring and an older method called sideout scoring. Learn more in this free volleyball video lesson.

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Video Transcript

We're going to now talk about how to score in volleyball. Scoring is a big deal as we talked about in the last clip. To win, a team must reach a designated number of points before the other team. How do you get these points? To get points, there's 2 ways of scoring. Two ways of keeping score I should say in volleyball. One is called side out scoring. This was used primarily several years ago as the main way of playing. Now things have kind of switched over to rally scoring, which we'll talk about in a second. For side out scoring, your point is only given to a team when a team that's serving the ball wins the rally. A rally is one when a ball is hit over the net and lands within the court lines or when the other team fails to hit it over their side of the net and inside the lines of the opponents side within 3 hits. A rally can also be one if the opposing team is called for an illegal action. Also, in side out scoring, if the team that is not serving the ball wins the point is what's called a side out. What that means is they get the ball and they get to serve, but no points are awarded to either team. It could go back and forth like that forever, but usually you're going to get these little shrieks where a team that's serving the ball will continue to get points. That's how they add points to their total. Rally scoring on the other hand is when the point is awarded for either team, whoever wins the rally that ends up getting the point. If you're receiving the serve and you end up winning the rally, you hit it in their side of the court, a penalty is called, or they don't fail to get it to their side of the court, then your team gets the point no matter whether you're serving or not. Usually, side out scoring is played in 2 games of 15 and rally to either 25 or 30. Matches are usually 2 of 3 or 3 of 5. Girls NCAA plays rally to 30, and USA volleyball is 2 games to 25.


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