Last week, the V-League was noisy as the absurd fact that practice balls were used in official matches was revealed.
On the 26th of last month, it was confirmed belatedly that practice balls were used in the 2022-23 season Dodram V-League women’s game held at Hwaseong General Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do, and the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) officially apologized on the 30th.
The match was between IBK Industrial Bank and Pepper Savings Bank. There was no problem in the 1st and 2nd sets, but during the 3rd set, the use of a practice ball instead of a match ball was broadcast live through a relay broadcast. The shape and color of the practice ball and game ball are the same, but ‘for practice’ is written in large letters on the outside, so it was a situation where I could check it enough.
In official games, including V-ri, it is a rule to use only five balls that have been checked by the referee before the start of the game and signed with approval by the competition committee member. On this day, the match ball was checked before the game, but after the second set, the practice ball and match ball were mixed in the process of training, and an accident occurred. It was a mistake by the ball retriever (an agent who smoothly supplies the ball to the players during the game), but according to the rules of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the assistant referee is responsible for the ball used in the game.
In the end, KOVO apologized, saying메이저놀이터, “We feel sorry for the fans.
Then, what kind of system does KOVO, which said it would do everything possible to manage and supervise to prevent a recurrence, operate the game?
I watched closely during the 2022-23 Dodram V-League, men’s match between Woori Card and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 3rd.
30 minutes before the start of the game, referee Choi Seong-kwon and competition committee member Park Joo-jeom checked 6 game balls (5 used balls and 1 reserve ball) of the same color, circumference, weight, and pressure. And before the game started, assistant referee Kang Joo-hee checked the ball and delivered the game ball from the ball retriever. The line officials on board were also instructed to take precautions so that the balls would not be mixed in the retriever.
So the game started. So far, nothing has changed from usual. But after the set was over, I saw a different look. After the players’ training during the break, and before a new set began, referee Choi Seong-kwon went through the process of checking the match ball held by the ball retriever once again. The ball retriever stood at the back of the court holding the game ball identified by the referee and waited until the game started so that it would not be mixed with the practice ball.
KOVO seemed to be preventing the same accident from happening again with reinforced supervision.