Volleyball rule changes for 2008
Aug. 11, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- The NCAA has made several rules changes affecting collegiate women's volleyball for the 2008 season. The term "game" will be changed to "set" in all references about collegiate volleyball. Set has long been the international term to determine the segments of a match, and the change at the collegiate level has been instituted to provide uniformity.
· The number of points now required to win sets one through four is now 25. According to the NCAA rules committee, contests that were played to 30 points seemed to show a decrease in the intensity during the middle of those sets. The rules committee cited a desire to increase player focus and fan excitement as the major reason for the change. The fifth set still will be played to 15 points. All five sets will still be played in a rally-scoring format.
· Since 2001, the collegiate game has used rally scoring in all games with games one through four played to 30 points and game five played to 15 points. Prior to the 2001 campaign, the NCAA utilized a side-out format with all games played to 15 points and a rally-scoring fifth game.
· The maximum number of substitutions per set for each team is now 12. When sets were played to 30 points, 15 substitutions were allowed, citing a ratio of two points per substitution. With the change to 25 points per set, a reduction to 12 substitutions closely maintains that ratio.
Texas begins its 2008 schedule Aug. 29, when it takes on USC at 9:30 p.m. in the Runza/AVCA Showcase in Omaha, Neb.