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What constitutes "attacking the serve"? I have heard some say you are good as long as your feet don't leave the ground. I have heard some say you are good as long as you don't hit the ball above the plane of the net. I am not sure. Thanks.

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Hello Matt:

Welcome to www.allexperts.com!  

I'm 99% familiar with the USAV and the National Federation rule book.   Both rule books say that if a person receives a serve above the height of the net, and immediately takes the ball back over to their opponents, then the serve has been illegally "attacked".  Now, this contact be a block, hit, overhand pass, etc.  It can be one-handed, two-handed, jumping, standing, etc.  

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I hope I don't appear impolite, but I hope that every vball girl/boy/man/women reads this: THERE IS NO RULE ....in ANY rule book (that I'm familiar with) .... that has ANY MENTION of leaving your feet.  *Shew*  I've said that now about 10,000 times.  CAN ANYONE TELL ME.... who IS the person that says to everyone: "As long as you jump, it's OK."  Is it in the Bible?  Was it some Egyptian manuscript You know, disco has come & gone, M*A*S*H has come & gone, ....but people still say, "Well, I didn't jump!"  I even read a girls lips in DC two weeks ago.  She looked at the ref and said, "I didn't jump."  

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