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How to take Book During a Volleyball Match

Updated on June 19, 2013

During every match of Volleyball, a bookkeeper is required. A book keeper is someone who keeps track of who the servers are during the game, who has subbed in and out, and also keeps track of points.

The book keeper is given a sheet with the players' from each teams line ups. They then must write down the players number, consecutively from first server to last.

The book keep then must check the S or R (serve or receive) boxes. This means whichever side is serving first at the beginning of the game, they will have an S marked.


If the first server makes it over the net, they will have the number in their service box circled. (ex. if it's their first serve round, you circle the 1.) They continue to serve and earn points for their team, and once their team loses the point, you then would write the number of points in the box that they served until. (Ex. A server has served 4 points from the beginning of the game, loses the point, so you write a 4 in their box.)


The second thing a score keeper takes track of is subs. When two girls come to the ten foot line to sub, you must cross out the players number who is leaving, and then write down the player who is taking her spot. Then, you record the current score that occurred when they switched out. Each team is also allowed only 12 subs, and when a team have 4 left, you must notify the coach.

Time outs:

The simplest part of taking book is time outs. When a coach calls a time out, you must write the score of the game when they called the time out. Each team receives two time outs. (Pretty simple.)

Score keeping:

When each team earns a point, you cross it off on the list of numbers. When the first team reaches to 25, you circle the 25, and on the losing teams list of numbers, you circle the points they ended on.

Pretty simple! Keep on bookin'

Here is a link to an official explanation of how to keep book created by the NCVA.


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