What’s with volleyball players not being required to wear uniforms? It seems like every time I see a volleyball match on TV or a picture of one in the paper, some players wear uniforms, others don’t. Are we such a dysfunctional society that so spoils our children that we no longer require them to follow any rules?
Volleyball players do, in fact, wear uniforms. However, confusion might arise because one player on each team, called a libero, must wear a different jersey color from her teammates. According to the NCAA News, when the libero position was introduced into college women’s volleyball for 2002, the intent was to inject a defensive specialist into the game and allow for a back-row player with unlimited replacement opportunities. The libero is allowed to replace any player in the back without counting as a substitution. There is no limit to the number of libero replacements a team is allowed.