I have had and heard several discussions in recent years about the current net touch rules that allow to touch parts of the net without a fault being called. Unsightly and dangerous are just two of the many criticisms that are directed at this particular rule. And my particular favourite, that players don’t learn body control – ‘like in the good old days’. While I have not seen them, I have heard of many situations that occur at lower levels that are indeed unsightly and dangerous. And perhaps the players do not learn body control.
But all of these situations describe matches. Players learn to play volleyball in practice. They learn to avoid dangerous situations in practice. They learn body control in practice. The practice environment is controlled by the coach and guided by the rules. In his own gym the coach can, and must, impose appropriate training rules to optimise individual and team development. Dangerous activity and learning body control fall into those categories*.
So if you are unhappy with the game, don’t blame the rules…
… blame the coaches.
* Coaches can’t do much about unsightly.
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