by Mike Hebert
And how about this one? People are still using the term “Side Out!" I hear coaches, players and media announcers saying, “We need a Side Out right now!” I understand what this means and why people use it. It means that our team needs to kill the ball while we are in the serve reception phase of the game. People use the term because, in the volleyball world, people were accustomed to saying "Side Out." It’s just real hard to change our ways after something so central to our game, the Side Out, had enjoyed so much popularity for so many years.
But doggone it! We don’t have Side Outs any more. All we have are points. So instead of using the term “Side Out,” let’s go with something like Serving Points and Receiving Points (formerly known as a Side Out).
I am telling you…this would not fly in other sports. A baseball manager would not be heard promoting next weekend’s game of “rounders”, which is what baseball was called in its early history. No basketball coach would implore his players to toss the ball into a peach basket, which was common prior to the appearance of the backboard and rim. And football coaches would not line up a team to go for extra points. Instead, he would design a play to go for a two-point conversion. All of these terms were used at certain times in each of these sports’ respective histories. But when the terms were officially changed, people started using the newly ordained term.Nowhere in today’s volleyball rules (since 1998) does the term Side Out appear. So let’s find a new way to reference serve-receive offense. Some suggestions:
Re-introduce the term Side Out to the rule book
First Ball Attack Point
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