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