ANALYSIS OF THE CHANGES MADE IN THE OFFICIAL GAME RULES OF VOLLEYBALL THROUGH THE DOCUMENT ANALYSIS METHOD
The purpose of this study is to set forth the changes made in the purposes of rule changes. The document analysis method, one of the qualitative analysis methods based on the collection of data by examining the existing records and documents, has been used in this study. It has been noted upon examining the findings attained as a result of the analysis that the major rule changes made could be mainly grouped under six headings. These may be listed as, “improvement of the playing court and physical conditions”, “protection of player health”, “increasing game continuity by reducing interruptions”, “enhancing spectator pleasure by increasing rally durations”, “increasing TV broadcasts” and “standardization between volleyball and beach volleyball”. In spite of the positive developments, there are players, trainers, spectators and sports commentators who believe that certain changes such as “partial freedom in the net contact and crossing over to opponent’s court” however, might increase player injuries although they increase game continuity.