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Old Wed Feb 02, 2005, 05:29pm
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Last night I had MS VB game. This is my first this Winter because I have been busy with basketball since October. I went to game 1/2way pouting because I had to turn down a HS girls JV B'ball game that would have been a very competitive, fast-paced, run and gun game. I go to the gym determined to have a good night and do my best. I know the rule, can explain the rule, but have always been somewhat blind to being able to recognize overlapping. During first match I am on the floor. I sub in a player for V team, check my card, and look at the alignmnent. Something doesn't seem right. I check their feet, check my lineup card again, "bang!" They were overlapping -- and I could see it. Match 2. I'm on the stand. I look down at home team right below me and something seems out of place. I remember who the CF is, check their feet. "Bingo!" There it is again. I see it again. Suddenly it just became clear and I can see it. Also, when on the stand I see visitor's RB and CB very close together right behind CF who has her hands high above her head during the serve. I watch carefully to see where the server plays the ball. Had she played it over them it would have been my first screen. And I saw it so clearly. I left the gym very happy after all last night!
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Old Wed Feb 02, 2005, 10:41pm
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refnrev, good job! It just takes time to be able to see the overlaps. Since we do not use lineup cards in USAV or college volleyball, it helps to have the lineup in your head rather than your head in the lineup! As one of my mentors taught me, "I will give inches (on the overlap), but not feet or yards!"

I think you meant to say that you saw the visitor's LB and CB very close together right behind CF who had her hands high above her head during the serve (since the RB is the serving player).

Keep up the good work!
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Old Wed Feb 02, 2005, 10:59pm
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Oops! My bad. I can't believe I wrote that!
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Old Thu Feb 03, 2005, 01:56pm
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Good job! Like Jan said, it can take awhile. Feels good when you finally get it though, doesn't it?

I was just starting to recognize it at the end of my first year, 75% of the time too late to do anything about it. In talking with one of our top officials after a match one night, she gave me a couple of pointers, mainly memorize the setter and her opposite, then her two adjacent teammates. Those nights I wasn't working matches, I tried to go and watch as many as possible from the stands - it really helped.

This last season was my 2nd, and for some reason at the beginning of the season it really clicked. Of the 20+ matches(not counting tournaments) I worked as the down official, there were only a couple where I didn't catch at least one overlap, and in one 4A varsity match I caught the setter from the #1 team in the league 4 times.

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Old Thu Feb 03, 2005, 11:26pm
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Toolman,
We meet again in another forum. Thanks for the reply.
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