Volleyball: 1984 v 2019

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How has volleyball changed in the last 35 years? There have been many changes.  Rules have changed.  Players roles have changed.  The ball has changed.  The scoring system has changed.  But how about the rallies themselves.  I am glad you asked.  The following videos are synchronised at different points to show how the dynamics of rallies (spoiler alert) have changed.  The 1984 video is from a friendly match between USSR and USA, and the 2019 video is a match between Australia and Italy from the Olympic Qualification tournament.

More posts on the topic are about defence and transition and pipes and combinations.

Float serving is faster.

Jump serving is even faster.

Reception is slower.

Setting is about the same.

Click for more Volleyball History

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