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April 17, 2024

NCAA volleyball rule change sparks controversy

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The 2024 women’s volleyball season is going to look very different in comparison to previous ones, as the NCAA recently announced a series of rule changes that will be in effect for all future seasons. On February 20th, they announced the following changes;

  • Ear cuffs and small nose rings are allowed to be worn by players during games.
  • Both teams are allowed to have two designated liberos for each set, but only one is allowed on the court at a time, serving one position.
  • Any protest against a decision made by a referee has to be handled during the game.
  • If any interference above the net occurs, it can be “challengeable by video review.”
  • If spectators get too close to the play area without any interference from the home team, referees are allowed to issue a red card to the team.
  • “Double contact rule” has been removed, and players are now allowed to touch the ball twice as long as it is directed to another player on their team.

While some of these changes seem very minor, one of them is sparking a large controversy on social media. The change in question is the elimination of the double contact rule. Many players and spectators alike are concerned that this will make the setter position obsolete, and that it is unfair to change a rule that many have trained under for so long. It is worried that players will have to retrain under this new rule and destroy previous skills they have learned in the process.

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/volleyball/2024/02/22/ncaa-new-rule-changes-for-2024-25-volleyball-season-backlash/72702690007/

 

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Samantha Sorensen, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Samantha Sorensen and I am a sophomore at Hunter High School. Some things I like to do for fun are hang out with friends and family, watch movies, and go shopping. My interest for journalism started when I took a speech and debate class during my freshman year of high school. I discovered that I like arguing a point and trying to make a change, but I didn't like the competition. I feel that because of this, Journalism is a better fit for me, because I can write influential stories and prove a point but without the competition and arguing, and so far I am really enjoying this class. This school year I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things, and I am hoping to broaden my horizons in journalism.

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