19/06/2015 08:52
Strive for innovation continues with Beach Volleyball electronic score sheet being tested at first ever European Games
2015 European Games

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 19, 2015. It is no secret that innovation has become one of the key words for Europe’s Volleyball family and it is currently at the core of all actions being carried out in order to improve the image and general perception of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. The Beach Volleyball competition of the Baku 2015 European Games is no exception to this trend as it marks the very first CEV major event where the Beach Volleyball electronic score sheet is being tested.  

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The software was first tested in early May as the Austrian city of Baden played host to two 3rd Round tournaments on schedule for the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and further tests were then performed on the FIVB World Tour which recently stopped in Moscow, Porec and Stavanger.

The introduction of the electronic score sheet in Beach Volleyball competitions is likely to simplify all procedures as the software is extremely user-friendly and it helps the scorer go through all the various steps in the management of a Beach Volleyball match in an intuitive way.

The information processed via the electronic score sheet is then displayed on the so-called Lite Score and this way referees and players can easily follow and check information relating to time-outs, side switching and much more. The paper score sheet is still being used at Baku 2015 as a back-up and further tests will be conducted in the coming months to make sure that the electronic score sheet guarantees the standards of quality and reliability required for the management of elite competitions.

The players have easily and quickly adjusted to this technology and once their matches come to an end, they go to the scorer’s table and sign the electronic score sheet which has been processed on a tablet by the local staff.  

“Volleyball and Beach Volleyball continue to evolve with the times,” CEV President André Meyer says. “The electronic score sheet has been used for a number of years already in our indoor competitions and we have been looking for the development of a similar technology to be used also in Beach Volleyball. The tests we have conducted so far are satisfactory and the feedback from referees and players alike is unanimously positive. Our Volleyball family will continue to strive for innovation and for the use of technology wherever applicable in order to improve the image of our sport as well as to further professionalise the management of our competitions.”

Lithuania’s Arnas Rumsevicius signs the electronic score sheet at the end of Thursday’s match with Italy’s Alex Ranghieri and Enrico Rossi  

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