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  • Volleyball is a game in which two teams hit an inflated ball with their hands over a high net which separates them
  • There are six players in each team and players can be single sex or mixed
  • The aim is to score points by trying to hit the court onto the other side of the net or by making the opposing team fail to return the ball
  • The teams hit the ball back and forth, scoring a point if the ball hits the opponent's court, if the opponents commit a fault, or if they fail to return the ball A team is allowed three attempts to get the ball over the net, and if they fail, their opponents gain a point
  • After a ball is served, the opponents should use no more than three hits of the ball among themselves to get it back over the net
  • An ace in volleyball is when the ball is served and it hits the opposing team's court without anyone touching it
  • Volleyball is played on courts 18m long and 9m wide, divided into two 9m x 9m team courts by the centre net
  • Three players are positioned in a line in the back row and three players are positioned in a line in the front row
  • After a team gains the serve, the team must rotate so that the players move in a clockwise direction and are constantly changing position during play
  • The team courts are surrounded by an area called the 'free zone' - this is a minimum of 2m wide and the players may enter and play within it after the ball is served
  • The net's highest point is 2.43m above the ground in men's competition and 2.24m in women's
  • Volleyball can be a very active sport that provides a great level of aerobic exercise because you are always moving
  • It also improves hand-eye coordination
  • If you want to get involved in volleyball, there are many clubs and organisations throughout Wales. The Welsh Volleyball Association can put you in touch with your nearest club

Did you know...?

  • Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in the world
  • Indoor volleyball and beach volleyball are Olympic sports
  • Volleyball is particularly popular in European countries, the US, Canada, China and other parts of Asia, Brazil and Russia
  • Apart from volleyball played on indoor hard courts, there is beach volleyball, indoor sand volleyball, sitting volleyball, blind volleyball and nine-man volleyball set out by the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball)

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