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A team sport featuring two teams of six players. Each team aims to score points by striking a ball over the net and grounding it on their opponent's side of the court. A common variation of the game, Beach Volleyball, also features at the Olympics.

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The Basics

  • One of the teams begins a 'rally' by serving the ball - which is done by tossing, or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm. The opposing team are then allowed a maximum of three 'touches' to return the ball over the net and play continues. 
  • Any member of the receiving team may touch the ball. A player cannot touch the ball twice consecutively but could have the first and third touch before the ball is returned. If a player violates this rule or otherwise kills the ball then they concede the point. 
  • A traditional match is the best of five sets, with each set won by the first team to reach 25 points, provided they are ahead by a minimum of two points. If the match does go to five sets then the final set is often the first to reach 15 points, rather than 25.


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