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Volleyball

  • Volleyball was invented in 1895 as a less aggressive alternative to basketball, but today volleyball is anything but gentle. Few other sports are as fast and exciting to play and watch. Volleyball can be played either indoors or outdoors, and each uses a slightly different ball.To the untrained eye, there may seem like there are few differences between indoor and outdoor volleyballs. The USAV, the governing body for indoor volleyball, states that the ball must be made of leather or synthetic leather. FIVB, the governing body of beach volleyball, also states that the ball must be made of leather or synthetic leather. Both governing bodies also state that the ball must have a rubber or similar material inner bladder. In addition, both are the same size and weight.However, the two kinds of balls are not interchangeable. Indoor volleyballs are more pressurized than outdoor volleyballs. Beach volleyballs must be lighter so that they can easily float through the air. The two types also differ in color. The USAV states that the outer covering of an indoor volleyball must be a uniform light color or combination of different colors. Beach volleyballs, however, must be bright colors such as orange, yellow, or pink so that they can easily be seen in the sunlight.Next time you play or watch a volleyball game, take notice of the pressure, color, and feel of the ball. Realize that the slightest differences amongst volleyballs, be they of the indoor or outdoor variety, can make all the difference in a tight match!
    February 02, 2016
  • Don't let the fact that you don't have a solid net keep you from playing volleyball. Today, there are many affordable sets on the market that are well-made and only take minutest to set up. These are the characteristics to consider when purchasing a volleyball set:- Can it be set up easily and quickly? You don't want to spend half of your family barbecue reading through pages of instructions just to get a fun game of volleyball going.- Similarly, when you're done playing, can it be dissembled easily and is it portable enough to take to another location?- Is it sturdy? Can it withstand a gust of wind without falling over?- Is it affordable? Unless you play often and are very serious about the game, you probably don't want to spend a ton of money.The list that follows includes items that meet all of the above criteria.
    April 09, 2012
  • There are a lot of things to think about before a game: who is the opposing team's go-to hitter? Who is their best passer? Does the setter tip often? Usually your kneepads aren't at the top of your list of things to worry about. But having kneepads that don't fit properly or that don't provide the right amount of padding can be a real distraction during an intense match. You don't want to have to be constantly pulling them up, and you want to know that they will provide enough protection should you fall.
    March 16, 2012