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Scorekeeping and Line Judge

We understand the importance of teamwork not only on the court but also behind the scenes during tournaments, games, and events. As a community, we often rely on the support of parents and athletes to contribute to the success of these activities, and one essential role is scorekeeping.

To make this experience seamless and enjoyable for everyone involved, we've compiled helpful tools and resources for scorekeeping. Whether you're a seasoned scorekeeper or new to the role, these resources are designed to assist you in accurately recording scores and contributing to the smooth flow of our events.

Line Judge Hand Signals

  1. In-Bounds (In): This call is made when the ball lands inside the court boundaries. The line judge signals by pointing towards the court.

  2. Out-of-Bounds (Out): This call is made when the ball lands outside the court boundaries. The line judge signals by raising the flag or hand on the side where the ball went out.

  3. Touches (Touch): If the ball touches a player (blocker or defender) and goes out of bounds, the line judge signals that there was a touch. This call is crucial for determining which team gets the point.

Referee Hand Signals

  1. In-Bounds (In): The referee points one hand towards the court to indicate that the ball landed inside the playing area.

  2. Out-of-Bounds (Out): The referee uses a sweeping motion with one arm across the body to signal that the ball landed outside the court boundaries.

  3. Touch (Touch on Block or Defense): The referee taps their fingertips of one hand against the other hand, indicating that there was a touch on the ball by a player, either at the net (block) or in the backcourt (defense).

  4. Net Violation (Net Touch): The referee uses one hand to swipe or brush down the front of their body, signaling a net violation by a player.

  5. Foot Fault (Foot Fault on Serve): The referee points down to the floor with one hand to indicate a foot fault, where the server stepped on or over the service line during the serve.

  6. Double Contact or Lift: The referee makes a lifting motion with both hands, indicating a double contact or lift violation.

  7. Carry or Throw: The referee uses one hand to mimic a carrying or throwing motion, signaling that the ball was not cleanly hit but was carried or thrown by a player.

  8. Antennae Touch: The referee points to the antenna with one hand to indicate that the ball touched the antenna during play.

  9. Rotation Fault: The referee uses both hands to signal a rotation fault, indicating that players are out of rotation.

  10. Point Awarded: The referee points to the team that earns the point.

OVA Rotation Sheet

A rotation sheet, also known as a rotation order or lineup sheet, is a document used in volleyball to keep track of the specific order in which players are arranged on the court before and during a game. It helps coaches, players, and officials ensure that the team follows the correct rotation sequence, avoiding errors and violations during play.

OVA Scoresheet (11x17)

A scoresheet in volleyball is a document used to record and track the progress of a match. It serves as an official record of points, rotations, substitutions, and other essential information during the game. Scoresheets are typically used by officials, scorers, and statisticians to ensure accurate scoring and adherence to the rules. Here are key elements you might find on a volleyball scoresheet:

  1. Team Information:

    • Names and jersey numbers of players.

    • Team names and identifiers.

  2. Match Details:

    • Date, time, and location of the match.

    • The division or level of play.

  3. Set and Match Numbers:

    • Indicates which set is being played.

    • Keeps track of the overall match score.

  4. Rotation Order:

    • Specifies the initial rotation order for each team at the start of a set.

  5. Scoring Section:

    • Columns for recording points earned by each team.

    • Tracks points awarded for successful serves, attacks, blocks, and opponent errors.

  6. Substitutions:

    • Records player substitutions, including the entering and exiting players.

  7. Libero Tracking:

    • If applicable, tracks libero substitutions and identifies the libero player.

  8. Timeouts:

    • Indicates when each team takes timeouts during the set.

  9. Officials' Signatures:

    • Provides space for the referees and scorers to sign the scoresheet, confirming its accuracy.

Scorekeeping Checklist

This comprehensive list serves as a guide for the scorekeeper, covering critical aspects before, during, and after the game. From preparing scoresheets and verifying team rosters to tracking player rotations, substitutions, and points scored, the checklist acts as a safeguard against errors and discrepancies.

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