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The purpose of the game

Volleyball is a sport played by two teams on a playing court divided by a net. The idea of the game is that both teams hit the ball in line with the rules over the net trying to make it touch the opponent's court and to prevent the ball from touching the team's own court.

Playing court and equipment

• The length of a court is approx. 13.4m x 6.1m
• The distance of the attack line is 2-2.2 m from the central line
• The height of the net is 210 cm
• The match ball is Mikasa MVA 400 mini ball

The course of the game

The teams can be girls', boys' or mixed teams. The mixed teams register at the boys' series. Each team has a minimum of 4 players.

There are four players at a time on the court and as the team gets the turn to serve, the team in question makes a rotation so that the player in position I leaves the court, the player in position II moves to the position of player I, the player in position III moves to the position of player II and the player in position IV moves to the position of player III. The player number 5 comes to the position of player IV from the bench. As the next change of service takes place, the rotation is performed as described above, and the player number 6 comes from the bench to position IV, next the player number 7 etc. If the team has at least 5 players, it must use rotation.

If a team has at least 6 players, the team coach must announce prior to the beginning of each set how many players they will rotate in each set. A maximum of 4 player substitutions/set is allowed. A player may be taken to the court and out of it only once in one set. A player who is part of the rotation and sitting on the bench waiting for his or her turn cannot be taken into the court as a substi-tute player.

Counting scores

In the D junior series the matches are played as games of two won sets up to 25 points with rally point scoring. If the game is a 1-1 tie, the third set is played to 15 points. To win a set, a minimum lead of 2 points is required without a score limit.

Service and the reception of the service

With D juniors the starting service rule is similar to tiebreaks in tennis:

Prior to the game, the starting team to get the ball in the first set is drawn by lot.
The player in position I in the starting team (Team A) will serve the first point.
After one played point the right to serve will go to the other team (Team B) regardless of which team won the point. Team B will make a rotation right after the first point is played. The same player in team B serves the second and third point (regardless of which team wins the points).
After the third played point, the service turn goes back to Team A that will rotate players prior to serving the fourth point. The same player in Team A will serve the next two points (regardless of which team wins the points)
The same applies to the end of the set, i.e. after every two played points the service goes to the other team that will make a rota-tion before entering into their service.

The starting service of the second set goes to Team B and the serving team for the third set is drawn by a lot. In the third set, the same service rule applies as in the first two sets.

In Power Cup, the D juniors get a free service, i.e. the players have the opportunity to overhand serve. Naturally, also the underhand serve is allowed. In the series for D juniors, the serve-reception must be a forearm pass. The forearm pass means pass-ing the ball using both forearms or using one or two arms when diving or rolling.

The service takes place in the service zone that extends to the length of the whole end line of the court. The underhand serve may be carried out without a toss.

Position in the reception of a service

During serving from either side of the net, the player in position I must be behind the player in position II. The player in position I can therefore afterwards be in front of the players in positions III and IV as the opponent serves (during the own team's service, the player in position I is naturally behind the end line). This makes it possible to e.g. practice playing with a back server. All front players, i.e. players in positions II, III and IV, must, at the time of the service, be positioned in line with the net in the correct order so that the player in position II must be on the right hand side of the player in position III, closer to the side line on the right, and similarly the player in position III must be to the right of the player in position IV. The distance of the front players from the net has not been defined, i.e. the player in position III does not have to be closer to the net than players in positions II and IV.

In collaboration with

Main cooperation partners

LähiTapiola Rovaniemi Lapin Kansa Santasport

Other cooperation partners

Saarioinen Pihlajalinna Jaffa Lumilyhtyarpa Unilever Luc Ford Sokos Hotels Kuortane Mikasa ticketmaster WoVo

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