Sports are an extremely beneficial activity for children in America. They promote a healthy lifestyle, teach positive life lessons, and are a huge passion for millions of people. Choosing one sport among the many available can be a tough task for parents and young athletes alike. Here are the ten reasons you should choose volleyball.
1- Volleyball is a team sport
Unlike individual sports including tennis, gymnastics, and martial arts, volleyball is a team sport, where cooperation and teamwork are paramount. These teams are composed of either 2 players in beach volleyball, or 6 players in indoor volleyball. Players depend on one another to score points and win games.
2- It is played indoors
Have you ever been to a sporting event under the blistering sun or in the freezing cold? Sometimes weather can make sports less enjoyable. Volleyball is usually played in indoor facilities with climate control, making it a more predictable and consistent experience. No need to bring both a jacket and a bathing suit to a volleyball facility!
3- Volleyball never ends in a tie!
Having a game end in a tie can be frustrating for all parties involved. This does not happen in volleyball. At least one point is scored every other minute. An average volleyball match lasts for an hour, with plenty of scored points to celebrate.
4- It is a unique sport without lots of running
If you are one of those people that don’t like running long distances or for long periods of time, volleyball is the sport for you. Volleyball involves a multitude of fast paced, dynamic movements including jumping, diving, and shuffling. The main focus of the game is to develop fast, explosive movements versus long distance running.
5- It is extremely involved and interesting for players and parents alike.
Volleyball is by no means a boring sport. In a volleyball game, every player on the court is constantly involved and getting touches on the ball. Volleyball has fast sequences like “Pass, set, hit and block.” All of these things happen in about a minute, and each player needs to be ready to contribute so their team can score a point.
6- Beach Volleyball!
Interested in a sport that you can watch on the beach while also getting some sun? That’s sand volleyball for you, and it is currently the fastest growing NCAA sport in the nation. Even though indoor and beach volleyball are two different sports, most of the indoor volleyball skills transfer to beach, making it a perfect gateway to beach volleyball.
7- Volleyball tournaments are massive, exciting events
Indoor volleyball tournaments are huge events. The AAU National Championships in Orlando, Florida is the largest volleyball event in the world, as designated by the Guinness Book of World Records. Hundreds of teams travel around the country and even the world to play against each other in lively matches. Convention centers hold hundreds of courts where volleyball games are constantly taking place in every direction.
8- Volleyball is a non-contact sport
With the growing rate of concussion injuries in contact sports, volleyball has become the place to go for parents and children concerned about future head injuries. While the occasional injuries still occur, you won’t see as many collisions and more serious injuries are more avoidable.
9- It helps teach valuable lessons and character traits
Volleyball helps teach important lessons in perseverance, teamwork, and selflessness. Volleyball helps prepare children to move on to the next stage in their life, whether that be high school volleyball, college, or the work force. It has a large community and can create a network of people with whom to work and form lasting friendships.
10- It is fun to play and watch!
Volleyball is an extremely fun sport! During the Olympics, both beach and indoor volleyball are the sports to watch. One can play volleyball at all ages and skill levels. Volleyball tickets for the Rio Olympic Games actually sold out first amongst all other events!
Get ready to bump, set and spike! Kidzworld checks out the rules, history and the fun facts of the game of volleyball.
Volleyball is one of the world's most popular sports and is played by more than 800 million people on the planet at least once a week. The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a teacher at a YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He combined parts of tennis, baseball, basketball and handball to create a new game to be played indoors by people who wanted less physical contact than basketball. Morgan borrowed the net from tennis and raised it six feet, six inches above the floor, a little higher than an average man's head.
When volleyball was first invented, it was much different from the game today. You could have as many players as you wanted on each team. There were nine innings per game, with three outs per innning. There was also no limit on the number of hits of the ball on each side of the court. Here are the basic rules of volleyball today.
- Volleyball is played by two teams of six players on a court divided by a net.
- The object of the game is to send the ball over the net so that the opposing team cannot return the ball or prevent it from hitting the ground in their court.
- Each team has three hits to attempt to return the ball.
- The ball is put in play by a serve that is hit by the server over the net to the opponent.
- When the receiving team wins a volley, it gains the right to serve, and the players rotate one position clockwise.
- When the serving team wins a volley, it wins a point and the right to continue serving.
- The ball must clear the net on a serve.
- A game is played to 21 points or some other agreed upon number. The team that wins the best two out of three games wins the match.
Terms and Lingo
- Ace - When the ball is served to the other team and no one touches it.
- Sideout - When the team that served the ball makes a mistake, causing the ball to go to the other team.
- Roof - When a player jumps above the height of the net and blocks the ball.
- Dig - When a player makes a save from a very difficult spike.
- Kill - When a team spikes the ball and it ends in either a point or a sideout.
- Beach volleyball was made an Olympic event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
- Volleyball was called mintonette at first but it was later changed to volleyball, to describe the way players volley the ball back and forth over the net.
- The lethal combination of setting the ball for another player to spike it hard to the other side was invented in the Philippines. This tactic was originally called the Philippino Bomb.
Volleyball is a fun sport that is easy to learn and can be played in a gym, at the beach, or on grass. Playing volleyball will help improve your cardio, flexibility, balance and coordination. Most schools have a volleyball team or you can also find leagues for kids at your local community center. If you're not into joining a team, you can just grab a volleyball and a few friends and play your own game.