Ignus Fatuus Volleyball

When the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) disemboweled volleyball of its side-out scoring system, they eviscerated the sport of one of its most important competitive features.

If the sports architects of the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) had any intuitive perceptions or rational reasoning skills when they attempted to remodel volleyball’s scoring method of play, they would have benefited far better if they would have put more mental effort into working with the intrinsic values of volleyball’s side-out scoring system. The serve is the catalyst by which this kind of team net sport best operates its balance of challenges.

Under the rally point scoring system, the serve is a handicap and the receiving team is in the dilemma of having the scoring advantage for the disadvantages of the serve. The rally point scoring system is not an example of how anomalies may have to be resolved when working to develop an equitable offensive and defensive scoring system. The rally point scoring system has disported volleyball into an anemic, self inflicting sport, underwritten with anti-climatic opportunities to compete for unearned points.

Under the side-out scoring system, a served ball is a volley, a challenge, and a threat because it can’t be systematically penalized error points to the advantage of the receiving team. However, it is the responsibility of the team with serve to provoke a competitive situation of cause and effect. When a team in service fails to fulfill the character of its role, a penalty situation would be defined and enforced.

If a service team fails in its responsibility to successfully challenge its opponents off a serve, it should be penalized a point. From the method of penalizing the service team a point, a service team’s opponent would benefit by increasing its lead, reducing the service team’s lead, or gaining the lead if both teams are tied. But, there would be no unearned points awarded to a receiving team; non competitive action would be devalued, and each team would have to win set/game point off its earned points and competitive skills.
And, only the first serve of the person rotating into the service position would be subject to penalty. Otherwise, all that would be created would be an inversion of the rally point scoring system, where activity off any serve could result in a non-competitive exposition of worthless play. However, in order for the serve to be valuable enough to compete for in a side-out offensive and defensive scoring system, the receiving team would be limited to two hits off a served ball, shifting the scoring advantage back to the service team. And, by reinstating game closure to the team in service, the side-out system is calibrated for offensive and defensive scoring with a balance of challenges.


The descriptions written up under “Therapy” of how to develop a balance of challenges for an offensive and defensiv, side-out scoring system are not suggestions, they are instructions. The basic ideas, as they have been described, come from the creation of the first team net sport of this kind responsible for the concept and development of these methods of play.

In the process of designing and modifying the side-out scoring system with a balance of challenges for offensive and defensive scoring, it was essential to the success of the project to experiment with new ideas. The results of those efforts included the rules of play for unrestricted hitting and kicking, multiple point scoring, penalty point plays, vertical areas of scoring, five hit plays, and a quarter/set scheduled game for the sport of Rocball, often described as volleyball/soccer.

Members of Mwaliyas strike a pose for a photo after receiving their 2006 World Organized Rocball High School League pennant and championship trophies.