Wednesday, August 1, 2012


What is a “Libero”?  Who knew before 7/28/2012? In fact who cares?

On the other hand perhaps it could be related to politics. This is the month of the National conventions with little to decide except who will be the Vice Presidential nominee. Will Biden want another four years of being nothing? Or will he like the freedom to challenge the soon to be ex Secretary of State Clinton while she prepares for another run for top dog?

Oh yes she has said she has no interest but a Clinton is a Clinton.

The Republicans can produce something of interest at their convention with the choice of the VP. It will not be Christie; too much of a loose cannon. The campaign will hinge on whether they pick a far righter or a centralist. In other words does Romney fear the religious right and Tea Partyers will not vote and reelect Obama by default? Or will he attempt to fold in the large independent centralist vote? 

This choice will be crucial for this election.

The economy may be a factor. However it will have to be real bad for it to be crucial.

Most disturbing is the unusual degree of polarization that is dominating every aspect of this race. Those that would be impartial are castigated by zealots in both parties. The greatest danger to the Country will be if this turns out to be a year of racial and religious bigotry rather than political philosophies. “

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”.  Plato” This is indeed most applicable in the local elections.

Oh, I did not forget Libero. It is not an object or a Liberian Zebra. 

Like many this weekend I was watching the Olympics and noticed at times a Volleyball player wearing a different color uniform than the rest of the team. In fact he was not always on the floor.
It seemed unlikely that the nation which the teams represented had run out of uniforms (money?)  Or that the oddball was a walk on; so I googled Wikopedia and became educated.
The Libero:
In 1998 the libero player was introduced internationally, the term meaning free in Italian is pronounced LEE-beh-ro (rather than lih-BEAR-oh); the NCAA introduced the libero in 2002. The libero is a player specialized in defensive skills: the libero must wear a contrasting jersey color from his or her teammates and cannot block or attack the ball when it is entirely above net height. When the ball is not in play, the libero can replace any back-row player, without prior notice to the officials. This replacement does not count against the substitution limit each team is allowed per set, although the libero may be replaced only by the player whom they replaced. The libero may function as a setter only under certain restrictions. If she/he makes an overhand set, she/he must be standing behind (and not stepping on) the 3-meter line; otherwise, the ball cannot be attacked above the net in front of the 3-meter line. An underhand pass is allowed from any part of the court.

The libero is, generally, the most skilled defensive player on the team. There is also a libero tracking sheet, where the referees or officiating team must keep track of who the libero subs in and out for. There may only be one libero per set (game), although there may be a different libero in the beginning of any new set (game).

Furthermore, a libero is not allowed to serve, according to international rules, with the exception of the NCAA women's volleyball games, where a 2004 rule change allows the libero to serve, but only in a specific rotation. That is, the libero can only serve for one person, not for all of the people for whom she goes in. That rule change was also applied to high school play soon after."
I hope that this bit of worthwhile information has made you a wiser person.


  1. And here I am thinking a Libero is the communications director of the Communist Party USA. Either way, it's totally revolutionary.

  2. Ha ha, Doc! If you didn't bring it back to volleyball, I was going to tell you ALL about the libero!