NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) chairman Waithaka Kioni has called on local players to adopt fast to the new rules of the game rolled out by the world governing body the FIVB.
The new guidelines will take effect from the August World Under-23 Women’s Championship in for Slovenia which will usher radical changes in the game.
“For players there is no option but to embrace the changes or be pushed out,” Kioni urged.
Kenya is one of only two African countries that will represent the continent at the global showpiece after finishing second to Egypt in the African qualifiers last October.
Under the new guidelines teams will now be playing up to the best-of-seven sets of 15 points. This is up from the traditional five-setter where the deciding set in case of a tie was capped at 15 points.
A further directive eliminates the rule of restricting areas for coaches during the game play situation.
FIVB’s vision is to see futuristic transition of these rules in order to be replicated at the senior competitions.
Additionally, the volleyball governing body has passed the incorporation of new rules in game situation.
One dictates the delivery of jump service balls. The rule states, “a player that makes this kind of serve must land before the service line after hitting the ball.”
The second rule concerns the offensive strategy of back-row attack.
The new rule states, “a player performing this kind of attack must land before the three-meter line after hitting the ball.”