Futnet Disciplines


Triple


In various countries, the triple is the most traditional futnet discipline: it is played in the court of 9 x 18 metres by two teams, both consisting of three players. The coach has other two players at his/her disposal who can substitute any of their team-mates on the court. Each team has the right to two substitutions per set, but if two players are substituted at the same time, it counts as one substitution.



Blocking at its finest. Tall smashers and blockers like Jan Vanke (CZ) 
and Dávid Jonás (HUN) are definitely an advantage in triple.


The players of one team can touch the ball up to three times before passing it to the other side (but not two consecutive touches by the same player). 

Similarly to the double, one bounce is allowed for men and two bounces for women and juniors. Up to three bounces are possible in lower-level competitions in all categories. 

The service can be carried out by any of the players of the team which has previously scored a point towards any part of the opponent's service zone. The first pass after receiving the service should head towards the net to the setter who sets it to the smasher for a gradual attack or who can attack directly.

Each player has his/her function in the game and his/her part of the court to cover, though some functions can be performed by various players.

Most of the time the attacking player stays close to the net, except when receiving a service or defending some attacks originating further down from the net. This player usually blocks the attacks of the rival team, lifting the leg above the net, trying to prevent the ball from getting into their side of the court. The other two players cover the rest of the field, defending and preparing their own attack. One of them is the setter who sets the ball to their smasher at the net and he can also serve as a blocker. 


Screening is often used in the service to make it more difficult for the opponents to receive it 


The teams can also use two smashers which makes their attack more varied, more difficult to predict and as such, also more difficult to defend. During the attack they position themselves close to the net, one on the right, the other on the left, and the third player can choose whom to pass the ball and in which way: a shorter and lower pass to the player standing closer to him/her or a higher and longer pass to the player further down from him/her. A combination of a left-footed and right-footed smasher is a great advantage.

In any case, the triple is a discipline in which it is most difficult to score a point, mainly because the players cover most of their part of the court and there is not so much open space left for the attack as in the double. Good defence with a block can often defuse the attack of the rival. 

Moldova against Basque Country at Women's World Championships 2012


What is important in the triple is that each player has to really perform his/her tasks for the team to work well. They need to be strong, both physically and mentally, creative and precise in the attack, responsible and reliable in the defence.

The triple is the most attractive discipline for the viewers, offering all kinds of spectacular moves: powerful smashes, deadly spikes nailed down just behind the net, treacherous backspin dropshots, fiery fights over the net and incredible saves. The triple is simply the Queen of Futnet!

French attackers are famous for their "scissors" smashes 


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