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The Game of … VOLLEYBALL

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VolleyballServe_300x382Bump, Set, Spike!! Volleyball is a fun, fast-paced game that requires good eye-hand coordination and communication skills.  If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, then read on …

Basic Rules of Play:

  • Volleyball is played with two teams with 6 players on each side.
  • The teams are separated by a net; the ball must cross over the net during play.
  • The object of the game is to beat the other team to a predetermined number of points.
  • A coin toss will determine which team will serve first.
  • The server hits the ball with part of his/her hand so that it goes over the net and lands in the opposing team’s court.
  • A “rally” begins when a server is serving the ball into play.
  • The team that wins the rally scores a point and will then get to serve the next point.
  • During the rally, each team gets a maximum of three (3) hits to return the ball over the net.
  • A player may not hit the ball twice in a row (a block is not considered a hit).
  • Players cannot catch, hold or throw the ball.

Player Equipment:

  • Players on each team wear matching jerseys that are numbered; shorts and socks;
  • Sports shoes / court shoes;
  • Players usually wear knee pads;
  • The volleyball weighs between 9 and 10 ounces; ball pressure is between 4.5 and 6.0 pounds;
  • The circumference of the ball is about 25 to 27 inches.
  • Players are not permitted to wear jewellery.

Number of Players per Team:

  • 6 players per side
  • Three (3) are positioned in front of the attack line and three (3) behind.

Volleyball Positions:

Players on the team can be divided into 2 types: (1) Front row players (setter/spiker/attacker/blocker), and (2) Back row players (passer/digger/server).

A description of the basic volleyball positions follows:

  • Setter: The setters’ main responsibility is to set the ball for the spikers.
  • Spiker: A spiker (attacker) is a front row player who attacks a ball over the net.
  • Blocker: Front row players will also try to block the ball at the net as it is coming from the opponent’s side.
  • Passer: A passer is a player that receives the ball and then passes it up to the setter in order to set up an attack by the spiker.
  • Digger: A digger receives the ball and passes it up to the setter. The digger is required to dig hard spikes and serves by the opponent.
  • Server: The server is the player that puts the ball into play.

Volleyball Rotation: A volleyball court has six steady rotational positions (P1 to P6). Players rotate on the court in a clockwise direction after each sideout occurs. Sideout occurs when a team wins the ball after the opponent’s serve. Therefore, a new player goes to serve after each sideout.

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