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Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball is a variant of volleyball played on sand, usually on the beach. Apart from the playing surface and that is practiced outdoors, the main difference between this version and court volleyball is the number of players per team. Beach volleyball was played for the first time at the 1999 Winnipeg Pan Am Games. At 2015 Toronto, Argentina was the big winner, claiming the gold both in both the men’s and women’s events.

Some details

Beach volleyball is a team sport, where the players’ participation is alternative, that is, these two players per team have different functions. The objective of the game is to land the ball in the opposing team’s half of the court. The rally begins with a serve from the back of the court, over the net and into the receiving team’s court. The receiving team must not allow the ball to touch the ground, and they may touch the ball as many as three times before it must be hit back over the net to the other team’s side.

History

Beach volleyball dates back to Santa Monica, California, in the 1920s. It was originally played on the sun-soaked sand as a recreational activity. In its early days, the game was played with six players a side, similar to indoor volleyball; nonetheless, in 1930 while waiting for players to show up for a six-man game, Paul Johnson, an indoor volleyball player, decided to try playing with just the two players who were present. The game changed forever, and the first beach volleyball world championships were held in 1976.

Terminology

Block: When a player blocks an opposing player by jumping at the net with arms in the air.
Ace: A serve that results directly in a point.
Spike: To smash the ball into the opponent’s court using an overhead motion.
Out: When the ball leaves the court of play.

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