can be played indoors or outdoors
which is known as
volleyball can be played just about anywhere,
rules are almost identical
to its traditional
Beach volleyball courts...
important differences between beach and indoor volleyball is that beach
volleyball is normally played outdoors in deep sand rather than in a
gymnasium on the hard floor. There are however, some indoor beach
volleyball arenas that have had real sand trucked in to create the
Beach Volleyball is mainly played on the coast, especially in
California. The United States has a professional beach volleyball
circuit known as the AVP. There is also a International Volleyball
Federation (FIVB), which is an international circuit
Beach volleyball teams ...
beach volleyball teams are usually small and are most commonly made up
of two players per team rather than six like you find with indoor.
team to win two sets wins the match. The first two sets are won by the
first team to reach 21 points with a 2-point advantage, and the third
set, if necessary, is won by the first team to reach 15 points with a
Like in tennis, table tennis, and racquetball, a beach volleyball team
can only score points when that team is serving. When a team isnít
serving, itís trying to win back the serve.
The game can
be very fast so cooperation and communication between teammates is the
It is important for the two people to be totally in sync with each
other. If they canít work as a single unit, itís nearly
impossible to do well at the game.
One of the facets of
beach volleyball to help with this unity is the use of hand signals by
players to indicate to their partner what sort of play they intend to
make. These signals are made behind the back, to avoid the opposition
seeing the signals.
It is legal
to cross under the net as long as it does not interfere with the
opponent's attempt to play the ball.
There are no
courts on every multiple of fives.
players, either by choice or by rules, always play the game
courts are slightly larger than beach courts
The net and
its position are similar to indoor games.
injuries are rare in beach volleyball because of the soft cushion of
The ball for
beach volleyball is heavier and slightly bigger than an indoor
volleyball. It is also customary to under-inflate the ball a little
to make it less likely to be affected by wind, spikes and passes.
The lines are marked by a cord or
rope, and sometimes theyíre just drawn in the sand.
Volleyball really stated to become popular in the 1960s.
is the second most popular sport in the world today, exceeded only