Page for Addendum and Errata


As a self financed book, there were a limited number of changes possible before it when into print. As with non-fiction books, new items of interest can arise which might become available in newer editions of the book. Rather than letting the reader wait for a newer edition, this information is available for free on the internet. Additional information not currently available in press appears in this addendum list.

  • On Page 54, the text refers to the average height of world class men and women volleyball players. This number comes from a number of published studies on vertical jump heights of volleyball players. When looking at the player statistics of the teams competing at the London Olympics, the average spike height for men was in fact; 3.43m and for women is 3.01m. This makes the longest distance for the ball to travel to the diagonal of the court at 13.18m for men, and for women 13.08m. The difference between the average spike height for men over the height of the net for men is therefore 99.91cm. The women, who have less power output, are actually only jumping, on average 76.83cm over the height of the net. To put things into perspective, to be able to play sitting volleyball like the standing players, men players need to be reaching the ball at 2.15m and for women, their contact point of a spike should be around 1.80m. Therefore the sitting players will have to have very long limbs and tall body torsos in order to reach such heights. The majority of sitting volleyball players cannot reach such heights so, the information about the ratios remain the same as published in the book.
  • At the top of Page 93, there is a sentence to states the fastest human reaction speeds in the range of 0.30-0.40 seconds. This is not totally true, because sprinters’ reactions are somewhere between 0.14 and 0.16 seconds. However, this type of reaction leads to only one type of response, and that is run. They rely on the use of sound by the starting gun and do not need to take into account other external and distracting variables. Volleyball players rely on the visual aspect of the game, and there are a multitude of movements that are required. As such, it therefore slows down the neurological processes to react and these human reaction times will be slower than sprinters. Tests on athletes’ reaction times based on decision making have recorded results in the range of 0.20-0.40seconds. These results were based on laboratory settings and determined repetitive movement types after a given stimulus. To translate this information for volleyball specifics, some slight discrepancies are needed and the previous claim for 0.30-0.40 seconds is a reasonable statement, but it might be worth while to have this number range widened to 0.20-0.40seconds.
  • Starting on Page 109, there is a chapter on youth disability issues in sports. In recent years there has been some attention on the politically correct way to frame and describe sub-population groups without offending them or creating labels on them. An example of this is the way the United Nations changed the ‘Convention on the rights of disabled people’ to the title of ‘Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities‘. The debate on the emphasis of describing people by the person-first approach has lead to many phrasal changes and suggestions that the labelling of ‘disabled person’ is a negative thing, it has derogatory connotations, or is it just wrong. Whilst, in writing in this book does not intend on insulting people by avoiding consideration that, when talking about people, it is the person that comes first and not their disability, there are equally strong arguments that inform the reader it is acceptable to use phrases such as ‘disabled athlete’, ‘disability sports’, ‘disabled children’, etc, which are explained in the preface of the book (see page xv-xvi).

This book was written in three locations; Finland, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. During these times, some changes to text were missed and were not sent in to the publisher in time for print. As such, a number of errors have been observed. These appear in this list, whereby an erratum is an error from the publisher and a corrigendum is a mistake by the author. Both are contained in thiserrata and corrigenda list. In order to locate these mistakes, the line numbers are counted from the top of the page (or from the bottom with a minus sign), unless otherwise written in the column.



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11 2 chapter 3 chapter 2
12 11 the lowest). the lowest.
63 3-4 In fact, the first players conduct rule, relating to the sportsmanship, states that… In fact, the first rule, relating to sportsmanship, states that…
64 -10 is required to demonstrate are required to demonstrate
65 21 could bring the feeling that they would naturally feel that they could induce the feeling that they
72 6-8 For the majority of standing players that a range of 1metre below the waist is possible to play. For the majority of standing players, a spatial range of 1metre below the waist is playable.
76 line 9 (Figure 7) (Figure 8, page 89)
77 -6 , and a player and thus, a player
81 9 Following this, choice, coaches Following this choice, coaches
91 -2-(-3) To succeed in a block-in point, usually comes from forcing the ball pass the To score a block-in point, players force the ball pass the
110 23-24 A lot of happened in… A lot has happened in…

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