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If You Are Going To Coach Volleyball You Need To Know These Basics

Jan 27, 2008
Volleyball has been known to be one of those sports that is about as close to an aerobic workout as possible. Maybe you have even gone as far as to consider coaching volleyball as an option the first thing that you will want to cover when it comes to volleyball is the basic components that make up the game. This will ensure that everyone has a great time while also getting a vigorous workout. Like many other sports, volleyball has been around for a long time. Volleyball was first heard of in 1895 in Massachusetts by a YMCA physical director. Of course it was not dubbed as volleyball initially but rather was known as a combination of sorts, sort of a cross between handball and tennis known as Mintonette. The purpose at first was to help keep players in shape during off season. Ironically, when the game was first introduced, believe it or not players were allowed to throw the ball over the net. Around 1896 some formal rules were introduced and those rules are still intact today in the well known game of volleyball.

The basics of volleyball are as follows, you will need two teams made up of six players on each team. This would mean six players on each side of the net. Further on each side of the net there will be a front row of three and a back row of three. The game begins with the person in the back row and far right corner serving first. The opponents have three attempts to get the ball over the net and the other team scores points if the ball goes out of bounds, does not make it over the net or falls onto the court. There is a rotation with volleyball and the players as each time the control of the ball changes sides the players will rotate one position to the right. This always changes the server and allows players to have an opportunity to hit the ball from all locations.

Volleyball is really one of the simpler games to learn. It can be played both indoor and out. Some people play it year round and it is a great way to stay in shape. Some senior citizens even play it in the pool for an easy form of exercise. Often people make the game intense but others play it for leisure activity. It is no wonder why volleyball has gained such popularity throughout the years and now is even recognized in the World Olympics.
The USA Volleyball Association sets standards for the playing area that is officially used for volleyball play. Both indoor and outdoor courts are to be 60x30 and there should be a 10-foot area surrounding the court.

Depending on who is playing the game will depend on the height of the net. For men, co-ed mixed and outdoor: 7 feet, 11-5/8 inches, for women, boys 14 and younger, and reversed mixed: 7 feet, 4-1/8 inches, for boys 12 and younger is 7 feet, and for girls 10 and younger is 6 feet, 6 inches.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his 18 year old son in Jensen Beach, Florida. Find more about coaching as well as volleyball equipment at http://www.nsearch.com
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