Learn how to play the game and follow the basic regulations of volleyball. This simplified rule guide explains the team tactics and volleying strategies.
VOLLEYBALL REGULATIONS: The game is a popular and competitive activity. You can play indoors or on sand for beach volleyball rules.
The versatile and recreational sport is undeniably exciting. Volleyball is fast flowing and full of explosive action rallies.
The game has several rules' variations. Even so, it is widely believed they have been in circulation since 1895.
But the pinnacle of volleyball is most represented by its inclusion in the Olympics.
Volleyball's inclusion in the Olympics represents one of the pinnacles of the game. The sport of volleyball entered its first Olympic Games in 1964.
Nowadays, it has a global following. The best players from most nations compete professionally all around the world.
The main aim in the game is to hit or send the volleyball over the net. Players try to ground, or bounce, the ball in their opponents' court half (volleying the ball with hands).
An opposing team must try to prevent the ball from bouncing. Then they attempt to volley the ball back over the net which starts a rally.
Volleyball rules and regulations allow two teams to play the game. Each team can have no more than 6 players on the court at any one time. At the time of writing there are no professional mixed sex teams.
Each team can have 6 substitutes. You can use any of the 6 volleyball substitutes throughout the entire game.
Substitutions may occur at any time. But any returning players can only get swapped for the player that replaced them.
Players takes their position in the attacking zone (close to the net) or in the defensive zone (towards the rear of the court). Zonal players rotate one position clockwise after every point.
Volleyball court rules state that it should be rectangular in shape. The court should measure 18 x 9 meters with an out of bounds perimeter area around the outlines.
A net 2.43 meters high divides the pitch into two separate halves. The volleyball ball measures 8 inches in diameter and weighs between 9 and 10 ounces, as a rule.
The ball gets put in play with a service and hit by the server over the net to the opponents.
Players must serve from behind the base line using either an over or underarm action but hit with only the hand. The server joins their team in-play and battles for the point once the serve gets played.
Volleyball regulation violations may get called for any the following infringements:
The regulations of volleyball are usually officiated by two volleyball referees. The first referee is usually designated as the 'up official' or head referee.
Winning the game means you have scored more points than your opponents. As a rule, the first team to reach the best of 3 or 5 sets are the winners in volleyball games.
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