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Volleyball can be played indoors or outdoors which is known as beach volleyballBeach volleyball can be played just about anywhere, and the rules are almost identical to its traditional indoor counterpart.

Beach volleyball courts...

The most 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 court.  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 ...

In addition, 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.


Scoring and winning...

The first 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 2-point advantage.   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.


Player trust....

The game can be very fast so cooperation and communication between teammates is the key. 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.

Interesting facts...

  • 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 substitutions. Players switch courts on every multiple of fives.

  • Most players, either by choice or by rules, always play the game barefoot. 

  • Indoor courts are slightly larger than beach courts

  • The net and its position are similar to indoor games.

  • Serious injuries are rare in beach volleyball because of the soft cushion of sand.

  • 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.
  • Beach Volleyball really stated to become popular in the 1960s.

  • Volleyball is the second most popular sport in the world today, exceeded only by soccer.