Volleyball Facts

How to measure your vertical leap in volleyball

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Someone sent an email to Spikeithard.com and asks:

Does anyone know how high the vertical leap of Fille Cainglet, Ella de Jesus, and Bea Pascual of Ateneo Women’s Volleyball team are? I have seen various pictures showing their heads over the volleyball net (unless it’s just because of the camera angle). If the UAAP and Shakey’s V-League women’s volleyball net is 7 feet, 5 inches high, and let’s say these female volleyball players are about 5 feet, 5 inches tall on the average, then this means their vertical leap is about 24-30 inches (or 2 feet, 6 inches). Or at most about 3 feet vertical leap! Am I correct in these assumptions? Are there actual measurements done as to their vertical leaps? Thanks for your inputs.

How to measure your vertical leap in volleyball?

Vertical leap or jump is a measure of how high you can elevate off the ground (or jump) from either from a standstill or running approach. We all know that being able to jump high is a big advantage if you’re a volleyball player. You need to jump when you spike the ball, you jump as well as when you block. There are two vertical jumps in volleyball: block jump and approach jump.

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“Kick-serving” in volleyball

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I stumbled upon this video on one of the volleyball-related Facebook groups. For those who might not know this, kicking the ball in volleyball is actually not a violation (unlike in basketball). So you can actually serve by kicking the ball, no kidding! Watch this video…

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What is U-Volley: volleyball for shorter players

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To understand what U-Volley is, consider this fact that…

approximately 75 percent of the world’s population is less than 185 centimeters (or 6 feet 2 inches) tall

In volleyball, we all know that height does matter. Volleyball nowadays have shifted towards being more offense-driven (this is why the Libero was introduced in 1998). You see shorter rallies, more complex back-row attack plays, etc. And this trend of being an attack-based sport will only continue to develop as volleyball players will keep on spiking it harder! Because of this, volleyball seems to have become a sport ideal for those who are taller and can jump higher. So what about the shorter people?

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New FIVB rule on net violation

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FIVB Rules of the Game (cover)Every thing evolves over time and so does the sport of volleyball. The rules of the game changes from time to time. And I guess these changes happen to make things even more exciting. Even the face of volleyball (the ball) itself has changed over the years. Does any body still use those prehistoric white Mikasa volleyballs? (I kinda miss ’em.)

Other than introducing a completely new volleyball design, there were a handful of other changes to the official volleyball rules as mandated by the 31st FIVB World Congress in 2008. And this includes some changes with regards to contacting the net.

These new rules supposedly should have been already being implemented since the start of 2009. In the local scene, I would assume that mainstream tournaments such as the UAAP, NCAA, V-League, etc. are always up-to-date when it comes to these official FIVB rules. In fact, it is through watching these leagues that we, the general public should be able to get to know any changes that happen to the sport of volleyball.

If you’re a hardcore volleyball enthusiast, then obviously you should know any new rules by now. But for most people like me, we probably would still be playing volleyball in the streets or abandoned basketball courts with our friends (and sometimes yayas) adhering to the outdated rules. And I noticed this was usually the case whenever I play with different groups who play volleyball for fun.

Contrary to the old net rule we are used to wherein touching the net with any part of the body while the ball is in play constitutes a net fault, the new FIVB net rule states…

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The new face of volleyball

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Mikasa MVA200

I’ve been so curious when someone from the Spikeithard community mentioned that there will be a lot of changes in the game of volleyball. This includes a new volleyball design which will be adopted in 2009 if not sooner, as sanctioned by the World FIVB.

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Volleyball 101

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Got this list of volleyball terms from here. Common terms used in the game of volleyball:

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Did you know: The set and spike were invented by Filipinos

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I first got to know this very interesting volleyball fact from coach Louie Gepuela back in high school. At first, I thought it was a joke. According to history, volleyball originated in 1985. William G. Morgan, an instructor at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts tried mixing basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. He ended up creating a sport called Mintonette.

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Wikipedia entry: Ateneo Volleyball Team

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When you Google “Ateneo Volleyball Team”, the top result would be the Ateneo Blue Eagles Wikipedia entry. Under the subheading Volleyball, it briefly describes the team’s “successes in the early 1980s” and mentioned some more “won titles” both in the UAAP and NCAA Volleyball tournaments. In summary, the entry seems to imply that the Ateneo Volleyball glory days were back in the 1980’s. I bet all the great Ateneo players back then have grandchildren by now.

As a former Blue Eagle Spiker, I must admit the entry tells the truth or at least a shadow of it. During my college time, we won all our UAAP games… by heart!!! That’s for every single game against the other universities. Yup, Ateneo (Men’s) team was at the bottom rankings for maybe 5 straight years if I remember correctly. (At least we’re consistent). That’s how really really good the other teams were at that time. But hey, at least my high school days were worth remembering. As the Wikipedia entry points out, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets were “always in the Championship round from 1982-2004”. Halikinu-kiniki-niya!!

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