In 2008 the FIVB Congress changed the rules for what constitutes a net fault. I repeat. In 2008!!! It is now 2012 and many people still don’t know or understand the rules or maybe just choose to ignore them.
I refer to players and coaches who continually appeal or create a scene for actions that aren’t faults. It is bad for the game, bad for spectators and bad for the teams that do it. We played this season against one team in particular who went wildly overreacted to bad calls, and wildly reacted to calls that weren’t faults. Needless to say their coach led the league in yellow cards and negative press statements about referees.
I refer to referees who call faults that aren’t faults. It is mind bendingly simple to police the net now. This problem is particularly ironic as the object of the rule change was partly to create less stoppages and to make it easier for referees. It is easier, although you wouldn’t know from watching the games.
I refer to commentators. I can (very) grudgingly accept that commentators don’t know how to pronounce names, don’t know any back stories or history of the participants and don’t know what teams are doing tactically. I find it much harder to accept that commentators don’t know the rules or the names of the skills.
For all of those groups, please watch the following video. It really is very clear.