The object of the game is to beat your opponents to a predetermined number of points. In the old days, volleyball was played to 15 points and a point is scored only when the serving team wins the rally. Today, rally scoring is primarily used which means a point is scored as a result of each play. Most volleyball games today are rally scoring and played to 25 points. To win the game, you must score more points than your opponent and be leading by at least 2.
To score a point in volleyball, a team must win a rally. A rally is begun by a server serving the ball into play. The ball is served over the net to the opposing team. The opponent then gets a maximum of three hits to return the ball back over the net.
A team wins a rally if...
- their opponent isn't able to successfully return the ball
- a player hits the ball down into their opponents court
- a player hits the ball out of bounds
- the team hits the ball off an opposing player
- a player commits a fault when playing the ball
Indoor volleyball is played with two 6 player teams. Each team has three front row players and three back row players. The front row players mainly hit and block. The back row players mainly pass and dig. The teams are separated by a net over which the ball must cross.