New Rule: Liberos can be captains of their teams
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, February 22, 2021 - After its adoption in
1998, the libero position revolutionized volleyball and more
than twenty years later the International Volleyball Federation
has approved that these defensive players can be the captains of
About this new change, two successful coaches express themselves
about the possibility of starting to use liberos as captains
from the next international events or national leagues,
"I agree with the approval," Marcos Kwiek, the head coach of the
Dominican Republic's women's national team, told PV MEDIA
SPORTS. "You just have to evaluate if the athlete meets the
standards, that they know the rules of the game and have the
For her part, the former captain of the Puerto Rico team,
Xiomara Molero does not detract from the new approved rule.
"I do not detract from it, but you have to see what happens with
him or her entering and leaving the playing area and having to
announce who will be the captain when the libero is out of play,
that must be evaluated or perhaps let it be announced that at
the time he or she leaves whichever captain takes control,” she
Molero was captain of the national team for more than a decade,
at the moment she is a coach in the superior league and at the
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus.
In reference to the new rule, both technicians agree that it was
time that justice was done to the Liberos.
"It seems to me that he or she is a player like the others, I do
not know the reason why they were not allowed to be captains,
they are usually leaders due to the importance of their game,"
While Kwiek added, “I think that just because Liberos are part
of the team, I don't understand the reason that they were not
allowed to be captains they have always been an important part
of the team, if the reason was that they entered and left the
game, that also happens with many centrals and they did not have
Two liberos comment on the rule
The legendary Debora Seilhamer called it ridiculous that these
defensive specialists were not allowed to be named captains.
"It was time that they modified that rule," said the Puerto
Rican volleyball defense leader. "The reason was because the
libero wasn't on the court full time and he or she was
constantly in and out which always seemed a bit ridiculous to
Seilhamer, who was with the Puerto Rico team until the Rio
Olympic Games, understands that the players who play their
position and the setters have a similar leadership.
"In my opinion, both the setter and the libero role are the most
important because the first leads the offense and the second
does the same in defense."
For her part, the current libero of the Puerto Rico national
squad, Shara Venegas also celebrated the new rule.
“For me that they are considering the libero to lead on the
court officially, that means that they are understanding and
valuing the position more and more every day since it is one of
the most important positions in volleyball and it has been shown
that it is so important that you can be the most valuable player
without scoring a single point.
"The reality is that the libero already has to be a leader on
the court since you have to organize everything that has to do
with passing and defense, which are very important facets in the
game," said the active player in the league of Ukraine.