In volleyball there may be typically a dialogue about what really constitutes the offensive and defensive phases of the sport. In most (all?) sports activities, offence and defence are outlined as possession or in any other case of the ball. If in case you have the ball you might be on offence. If they’ve the ball you might be on defence. In case you are not up on the talk (it isn’t an enormous one, however it nonetheless pops up once in a while) the one time you even have the ball in your hand in a volleyball match is if you find yourself serving. Usually this is able to be thought of ‘offence’. However in volleyball it’s thought of the primary section of defence, and the sideout group is on offence as a result of typically they’ve the benefit. The character of the sport of volleyball has upended the idea of offence and defence. The identical applies to how we should always perceive errors, or extra particularly what occurs once we attempt to keep away from errors**.
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In most sports activities For those who preserve the ball, you’re the solely group that may rating. For those who make an error, most frequently it’s within the type of a turnover of some kind. Due to this fact, you not have an opportunity to attain however your opponent does. It is smart to some extent, that retaining the ball in any respect prices implies that on the very least solely you may rating. Volleyball is totally different. There isn’t any possession in volleyball. You can not preserve the ball. In some unspecified time in the future, inside three contacts, you need to attempt to make some extent. Making factors is nice, but when someplace alongside the best way, you make an error, the opponent will get an precise level. The opponent successful some extent is a nasty factor (most likely, perhaps… verify this post or this one), ergo don’t make errors. Besides…
To present the ball to the opposite group with out making an attempt to attain isn’t the avoidance of error, it’s really the equal of a turnover in different sports activities. Now the opposite group has the ball, and with it the possibility to attain. A greater resolution to turning the ball over is to recycle it, that is play the ball into the block in order to cover the rebound and get one other probability to attain some extent.
So to summarise, offence is defence, an error loses some extent instantly, avoiding errors is definitely a turnover, however there’s a means you may preserve possession after your three contacts. Volleyball is sophisticated.
** There’s a nice article about danger and errors here. I’ve written some issues on the subject that you may comply with here. And here is a good article about different areas during which volleyball is exclusive.