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BEACH VOLLEYBALL

The World's most popular beach sport

THE BASICS

Beach Volleyball is a team sport. It is played by two teams of two players. The surface is sand. 

 

At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio Beach Tennis proved to be the most popular sport, every ticket sold out unlike many of the other sports.

 

After the server has put the ball into the oppositions court, the receiving team have 3 touches to play the ball back into the oppositions court. Whichever team wins a rally wins the right to serve. If you are serving when you win a rally, you win a point. Everytime the serve changes team the server must be alternated.

 

For the full rules of Beach Volleyball please download the latest rules document from the FIVB website

 

THE COURT

The playing area in Beach Volleyball is known as the court. It’s rectangle in shape 16m x 8m and the surface is sand. It consists of the actual court area, a 3m free zone area around the perimeter of the court, boundary lines around the court and a net, net posts and antenna on either side of the net.

 
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THE NET

The beach volleyball net divides the court in two, and for women the height is set to 2.24m, and covers the court by 8.5m and a drop of 1m. It is made up of 10cm square mesh. 

THE BALL

A beach volleyball is spherical and made of a material that does not absorb moisture such as leather or synthetic leather, which enables the sport to be played in any weather.

A beach volleyball is 66cm to 68 cm in diameter and weighs between 260g and 280g

SCORING & WINNING

The objective of the game is to win points by winning rally’s. The first team to 21 by 2 clear points wins a set. The first team to win two games win’s the match. A third set is won by first team to win 15 points by 2 clear points.

 

SCORING POINTS

A team successfully score a point when 

• they ground the ball on the opponent’s court

• when the opponent team commits a fault

• when the opponent team receives a penalty

• a team commits a fault by making a playing action contrary to the rules 

 

A RALLY 

A rally is the sequence of shots following a serve between the two teams until the ball is out of play. At the end of the rally a point is awarded, If the serving team wins the rally, it scores a point and continues to serve. If the receiving team wins the rally, it scores a point and also takes the serve.

 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL TERMINOLOGY

Like all sports Beach Volleyball has it’s own language. Below we have a few. 

 

ANTENNA 

The antenna defines the width of the attacking area across the net.  All balls must be hit across the net in between both antenna without touching them.

 

BUMP

The bump is generally utilised as the first of the three allowed contacts, and is mainly used to receive the ball from the opposing team. The bump is a technique that lets the player receiving get under the ball so that their team member can then set the ball for the 3rd contact.

CONTACT

Contact refers to the moments when players touch the ball. The ball can be touched with any part of the body but cannot be held, lifted, pushed, caught, carried or thrown.

DIG

A type of contact with the ball that is purely defensive in nature, following a opponents attacking. 

 

DUMP

When on second contact the ball is purposely returned over the net instead of set to a hitter.

END LINE

The back boundary line of the court

JOUST

Two opposing players simultaneously make contact with the ball above the height of the net.

KILL

A hard shot angled downward that the opposing side is unable to return

SCOOP

A fault in which a player lifts the ball with open hands.

SPADE 

Another name for an Ace serve

SPIKE

When an offensive player attacks the ball with a one-arm motion done over the head, attempting to get a kill.

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