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Olympic Fever à la Beach Volleyball!

Posted by alainaflute on August 5, 2012

Olympic Fever! Once every four years, there’s something in the summer air that makes you strangely interested in sports you’ve never seen, never heard of, and never followed. Beach volleyball isn’t one of those sports, though! I feel that a beach isn’t complete without a net. I dunno…there’s just something about watching beautiful people volley a ball over a net that makes for a great day at the beach. If you can’t make it to the beach to have your own volleyball showdown, the Olympics is one of those times you can catch it on TV or the internet. Check it out on London2012.com!

Beach volleyball just waiting to happen at Cochiti Lake (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Here’s what World Book Advanced has to say about beach volleyball:

Beach volleyball is a popular outdoor sport that follows the basic rules of indoor volleyball. Beach volleyball is played on sand with two players on a side. Some versions are played on grass, or with three, four, or six players on a team. The teams may be all male, all female, or coed (mixed). Rules vary slightly for each version.

Most games are played by rally scoring to 21 points. Under this system of scoring, the team that wins a rally earns a point, regardless of whether it was the serving team. Sometimes side out scoring is used, when a point can be scored only while serving. Then a game is played to 15 points.

Beach volleyball was first played in the 1920’s in the United States and became a competitive sport in California in 1947. The first world championships were held in 1976. The first sponsored professional tour started in 1980. Beach volleyball became a sport in the Summer Olympic Games in 1996.

Kessel, John L. “Beach volleyball.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2012. Web.  1 Aug. 2012.

Beach volleyball at Port Olympic, in Barcelona (Sergi Larripa/Wikimedia Commons)

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get our game on at the beach!

UDATE 8/9/2012: YAY! Team USA! Walsh, May-Treanor Three-Peat

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4 Responses to “Olympic Fever à la Beach Volleyball!”

  1. Gunta said

    Love volleyball, but never played it on the beach. My loss.

  2. Jody said

    http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Features/2012/August/08/Walsh-MayTreanor-3Peat.aspx
    Yay, Team USA!!

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