Volleyball is a team sport that is played 6 against 6, sometimes 4 against 4 and sometimes, exclusively for beach volleyball, 2 against 2.
Back in 1895, William G. Morgan, a YMCA instructor in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts invented “mintonette” (now commonly known as volleyball). Inspired by basketball and baseball, Morgan saw the potential in creating a new contactless team sport.
Today, volleyball is played all over the world, both indoors and outdoors. The court is divided in two by a net. The main objective of the two teams is to pass the ball over the net so that it hits the ground on the opposing team’s side, while also protecting their own side of the court from the other team’s attacks. With just three touches of the ball, the team must pass the ball onto the other side of the court: bump, pass, and attack.
Each position has a particular function in the game: the wings, the centres, the passers, the libero (specialized defence), as well as serve specialists and defence players at the net. The rotation allows each team member to take a different position and become a multi-functional player, which makes the game even more interesting!
The principles of volleyball are simple and fun, which makes it a popular sport that can be played just about anywhere – even on the beach! Beach volleyball is played 2 against 2, on a sand court. The rounds are shorter and the court size is smaller. Playing a sport on the beach is a guaranteed good time!
Volleyball is a fast and tactical sport. Since it requires no contact, and is played at a steady rhythm, it’s a great sport for beginners of all ages.