The Low Down on Volleyball
Volleyball is a vibrant team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. As a physical, dynamic and powerful sport that is none-contact, many observers are surprised by the amount of high-fiving, especially when teams lose a point!
Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official programme of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964, with Beach Volleyball joining the Games in Atlanta in 1996. Sitting Volleyball (Para Volley) is part of the programme of the Paralympic Games.
Rules of the Game
Play proceeds as follows in the essence of all three forms of the sport (subject to slights tweaks between disciplines ... come and start playing to learn about these!)
- A player on one of the teams begins a 'rally' by serving the ball (tossing or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm), from behind the back boundary line of the court, over the net, and into the receiving team's court.
- The receiving team must not let the ball be grounded within their court. The team may touch the ball up to 3 times but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively.
- Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team is unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.
- The rally continues, with each team allowed as many as three consecutive touches, until either:
o a team makes a kill, grounding the ball on the opponent's court and winning the rally;
o a team commits a fault and loses the rally
o The team that wins the rally is awarded a point, and serves the ball to start the next rally.