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FOLLOW EXCITING BEACH VOLLEYBALL MARKETS

If you’re familiar with volleyball, then you’ll be clued up about beach volleyball already. Beach volleyball is the trendier, sunnier version of volleyball. It shares most of the rules of volleyball, but the biggest difference between the two variants is that beach volleyball is played outside on a sandy beach (hence the name) and volleyball is played indoors on a hard court. The perk of playing volleyball on sand is that it allows for spectacular diving digs and amazing displays of athleticism.

The creme de la creme of beach volleyball competition comes every 4 years in the form of the Summer Olympics. There are beach volleyball leagues and tournaments, and here at MansionBet we provide competitive odds and exciting markets throughout the beach volleyball season. If you’re a fan of the sport and follow it throughout the season, or you’re just curious about this summer pastime, check out the match schedule to see what beach volleyball matches are coming up soon and place your bets.

HOW TO PLAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL AND FOLLOW THE ACTION ACROSS THE COURT

The object of the game is for your team to win two sets faster than the opposing team. In beach volleyball, teams are made up of only 2 players each and to win a set, a team has to reach 21 points and be at least 2 points clear of the opposing team. To score a point, a team has to hit the ball over the net and into the opposite side of the court without the opponents returning the ball. The sand court is 16 metres by 8 metres, with a net cutting the court in half which is 8ft tall (men) or 7ft 4in tall (women). If the ball hits the line, this is counted as being in play and counts as a point. Like indoor volleyball, a team gets 3 hits to play the ball over the net. The first hit is usually a pass or bump to settle the ball, but is also known as a dig (a diving hit) when it’s a last ditch attempt to save the ball from hitting the ground on your side of the court, the second hit is a set (a soft layup so your teammate can easily hit the ball) and the third touch a attack or spike (a powerful hit towards the ground to win a point). A team doesn’t have to take all 3 hits if they don’t want to, and sometimes it is better to catch the opposing team off guard by attacking on the 2nd hit. The game is a back and forth affair, with each team trying to defend their side of the court whilst setting their own team up for an attack.

In beach volleyball, there are a few things you can’t do and doing any of these things will result in the opposing team winning a point instead. You can’t hit the ball on to the ground outside of the marked play area. You cannot hit the ball twice in succession, players have to alternate touches to hit the ball over the net in 3 touches. You cannot catch or throw the ball. You can’t pass over the baseline when making a serve. You cannot touch the net or hit the ball into the antennas on the net, and finally, your team can’t touch the ball more than 3 times in a row. Unlike traditional indoor volleyball, players do not need to rotate clockwise after a point is won, and can move into any position on the court they wish to (there are no fixed playing positions). Once a team has won 21 points and is at least 2 points clear, they win the set. If both teams win 1 set each, the 3rd set only goes to 15 points. The first team to win 2 sets, wins the match. There are a few tactics teams will employ to try and win a point. For example, when the attacking team goes to spike the ball, the defending team can block the shot at the net (however, they cannot reach over the net or touch the net). This tactic is not only great for defending a point from being scored, but can instantly spike the ball to win a point in your favour. Unlike indoor volleyball, a block does count towards one of your 3 allowed hits.

THE HISTORY OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Beach volleyball is a variant of indoor volleyball (itself invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan). The sport most likely originated in 1915 on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, at the Outrigger Canoe Club. According to an Outrigger Canoe Club member who gave an interview in 1978, George David Center (known as “Dad”) put a volleyball net up at the beach near the club, and the first recorded game of volleyball on a beach took place. In 1920, new jetties were constructed in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, creating a large sandy area for the public which gave rise to the development and spread of beach volleyball in the area. The first permanent nets started to be placed and people soon began to play recreational games both on public parts of the beach and at private beach clubs. The first inter-club competitions began in 1924.

Most of the early beach volleyball matches were played with teams of at least six players per side (mirroring indoor volleyball rules). The concept of the modern two-man beach volleyball game was conceived by Paul Johnson of the Santa Monica Athletic Club. In 1930, while waiting for players to show up for a six-man game, Johnson decided to play with only four people, forming two two-man teams for the first recorded beach volleyball doubles game. Players soon realised that with only four players on the court, a taller player's height advantage could countered by a shorter player's agility and speed, creating a more balanced game. The popularity of this format spread to nearby private beach clubs and eventually to the public courts. Although casual games are still played with more than 2 players per team on beaches today, the most widely played version of the game is with a 2-man team and is the only form of beach volleyball contested at a professional level.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS AND THE BIGGEST COMPETITIONS IN THE SPORT

Beach volleyball attracts impressive crowds at the Summer Olympics, but that’s not the only competition you can bet on in the year. At MansionBet, you can place bets on top beach volleyball tournaments and leagues such as the European Beach Volleyball Championships, the FIVB Ljubljana and FIVB World Tour. Check the schedule to see what tournaments are coming up and place your bets!