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Beach volleyball


A beach volleyball game in progress. A Mikasa volleyball, the official ball of FIVB beach events A volleyball is a ball used in the sports of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Highest governing body FIVB
First played 1920s, Santa Monica, California, USA
Characteristics
Contact No Contact
Team Members 2
Mixed Gender Single and mixed
Category Outdoor
Ball Beach volleyball
Olympic 1996

Beach volleyball is an Olympic team sport played on sand. Two teams, positioned on either side of a net which divides a rectangular court, hit a volleyball, usually using the hands or arms. Players on each team attempt to hit the ball over the net in such a way that it touches the ground inside the court boundaries, and to prevent the ball from touching the ground on their own side of the court. Beach volleyball is a popular recreational activity on many beaches around the world, and is generally most popular in areas with wide sandy beaches; however, it is also frequently played on inland sand courts, and has become quite popular in some land-locked countries, notably Switzerland. Though the official rules call for two players per team, recreational (non-competitive) games often have more players. A sport governing body comes in several forms. ... FIVB Logo Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is the international governing body for the sport of volleyball. ... Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city located in Los Angeles County, California USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, west of Westwood, Los Angeles, and north of Venice. ... This article is about the U.S state. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... For other uses, see Ball (disambiguation). ... A Mikasa volleyball, the official ball of FIVB beach events A volleyball is a ball used in the sports of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Olympic Games Summer Olympic Games Medal count Winter Olympic Games Medal count Olympic sports Medal counts Participating NOCs Olympic symbols Olympics WikiProject Olympics Portal Athens 2004 • Beijing 2008 Torino 2006 • Vancouver 2010 ... For other uses, see Sand (disambiguation). ... A Mikasa volleyball, the official ball of FIVB beach events A volleyball is a ball used in the sports of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. ... For other uses, see Beach (disambiguation). ... Landlocked countries of the world according to the World Factbook. ... For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ...

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Rules

Beach volleyball evolved from indoor volleyball, and the two sports remain very similar: a team scores points by grounding the ball on the opponents' court, or when the opposing team commits a fault (error or illegal action); teams can contact the ball no more than three times before the ball crosses the net; and consecutive contacts must be made by different players. The most important differences between beach and indoor volleyball are the playing surface (deep sand rather than a hard floor), and the team size (two players per team rather than six). There are many minor differences as well, including:[1] For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ... For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ...

  • Each half of the court measures 8 by 8 meters (indoor courts are slightly larger).
  • If a blocking player touches the ball, but it continues onto his side of the net, the block counts as the first contact.
  • Open-hand dinks, where a player uses the fingertips to redirect the ball into the opponent's court, are illegal.
  • It is legal to cross under the net as long as doing so does not interfere with the opponents' attempt to play the ball.
  • Players alternate service, but are not required to rotate positions;
  • There are no 'rotation errors'.
  • There is no ten-foot line (3-meter line).
  • There are no substitutions (and no libero).
  • The first team to win two sets wins the match. The first two sets are won by the first team to reach 21 points with a 2-point advantage, and the third set, if necessary, is won by the first team to reach 15 points with a 2-point advantage.
  • Most players, either by choice or by requirement of the rules, play the game barefoot.
  • The ball is softer (lower internal pressure) and very slightly bigger than an indoor volleyball.
  • Overhand finger passes are refereed more strictly:
  • When receiving (unless an opposing player has hit the ball downward) or attacking, overhand passes must be executed very cleanly and square to the shoulders. In practice, this means that serves are never received open-handed.
  • When setting with an overhand motion, the standard for a double hit (a fault) is lower than when receiving or attacking, though still much stricter than in indoor volleyball. The standard for a lift (another fault) is less strict than in the indoor game (it is legal to hold the ball a little longer).

Complete rules for both games can be downloaded from the FIVB pages. For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ... Walking barefoot Going barefoot means not wearing shoes, socks, or other foot covering. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1044x792, 164 KB) A beach volleyball ball. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1044x792, 164 KB) A beach volleyball ball. ... A Mikasa volleyball, the official ball of FIVB beach events A volleyball is a ball used in the sports of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. ... FIVB Logo Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is the international governing body for the sport of volleyball. ...


History

Beach volleyball in Vancouver.
Beach volleyball in Vancouver.

Beach volleyball started in Santa Monica, California in the 1920s. A decade later, beach volleyball began to appear in Europe. By the 1940s, doubles tournaments were being played on the beaches of Santa Monica for trophies. In the 1960s, an attempt to start a professional volleyball league was made in Santa Monica. It failed, but a professional tournament was held in France for 30,000 French Francs. The first Manhattan Beach Open (Southern California) was held in 1960. It is considered the "Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball" -- the most prestigious tournament in the world. Karch Kiraly—arguably the greatest beach volleyball player of all time—said, "You talk to any player and if they were told they could only win one tournament in their whole career, everybody would choose it to be here in Manhattan. There's an extra fire among all the players." In the 1970s, a few professional tournaments in Santa Monica were sponsored by beer and cigarette companies. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 150 KB) Summary Robert Werner Vancouver, BC http://PelaLusa. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 150 KB) Summary Robert Werner Vancouver, BC http://PelaLusa. ... Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city located in Los Angeles County, California USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, west of Westwood, Los Angeles, and north of Venice. ... This article is about the U.S state. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The franc is the name of several currency units. ... Karch in his trademark pink cap attacks the ball at the 2005 Boulder Open. ...


While the history of beach volleyball is relatively lengthy, the sport (at the professional level) remained fairly obscure until the 1980s when beach volleyball experienced a surge in popularity. This resulted in the development of stars such as Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Kerri Walsh, and Misty May-Treanor, who are now well known throughout the world. Karch in his trademark pink cap attacks the ball at the 2005 Boulder Open. ... Christopher St. ... Randy Stoklos (born December 13, 1960), is the first player to earn $1,000,000 in beach volleyball. ... Kerri Lee Walsh (born August 15, 1978) is an American beach volleyball player. ... Misty May-Treanor (born July 30, 1977) is an American professional beach volleyball player. ...


For decades, the two nations which have dominated international beach volleyball are Brazil and the United States. Recently, Australia has emerged as a distant third superpower, and all three of these nations have reasonably well developed national touring systems which typically hold tournaments during the summer months. Several western European countries have developed a large and competitive following, as has China and a number of other countries around the world. A current understanding of Western Europe. ...


Beach volleyball at the Olympics

Beach volleyball was an exhibition sport at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos won the men's tournament, and Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno won the women's. The sport became an official Olympic event in 1996. Brazil, the US, and Australia are the only countries to have won gold medals to date. In the women's event, each country has won once. Volleyball has been contested as an indoor sport at the Summer Olympic Games since 1964. ... There were two Olympic Games in the year 1992: 1992 Summer Olympics 1992 Winter Olympics This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ... Christopher St. ... Randy Stoklos (born December 13, 1960), is the first player to earn $1,000,000 in beach volleyball. ...

Men's Beach Volleyball Olympic Tournament
Games Gold Silver Bronze
1996 Atlanta United States Charles "Karch" Kiraly
and Kent Steffes (USA)
United States Mike Whitmarsh
and Mike Dodd (USA)
Canada Mark Heese
and John Child (CAN)
2000 Sydney United States United States (USA)
Dain Blanton
Eric Fonoimoana
Brazil Brazil (BRA)
Zé Marco de Melo
Ricardo Santos
Germany Germany (GER)
Axel Hager
Jörg Ahmann
2004 Athens Brazil Ricardo Santos
and Emanuel Rego (BRA)
Spain Javier Bosma
and Pablo Herrera (ESP)
Switzerland Stefan Kobel
and Patrick Heuscher (SUI)
Women's Beach Volleyball Olympic Tournament
Games Gold Silver Bronze
1996 Atlanta Brazil Jackie Silva
and Sandra Pires (BRA)
Brazil Monica Rodrigues
and Adriana Samuel (BRA)
Australia Natalie Cook
and Kerri Pottharst (AUS)
2000 Sydney Australia Natalie Cook
and Kerri Pottharst (AUS)
Brazil Adriana Behar
and Shelda Bede (BRA)
Brazil Adriana Samuel
and Sandra Pires (BRA)
2004 Athens United States Kerri Walsh
and Misty May (USA)
Brazil Shelda Bede
and Adriana Behar (BRA)
United States Holly McPeak
and Elaine Youngs (USA)

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Ricardo Montalban Victor Emanuel Hidalgo Rodrigo Dos Santos (born January 6, 1975 in Salvador de Bahia) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who won the silver medal in the mens beach team competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, gay partnering Zé Marco de Melo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Axel Hager (born March 14, 1969 in Burg auf Fehmarn) is a beach volleyball player from Germany, who won the bronze medal in the mens beach team competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, partnering Jörg Ahmann. ... Jörg Ahmann (born February 12, 1966 in Grevenbroich) is a beach volleyball player from Germany, who won the bronze medal in the mens beach team competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, partnering Axel Hager. ... The mens Beach volleyball event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, was held at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre located at the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Ricardo Montalban Victor Emanuel Hidalgo Rodrigo Dos Santos (born January 6, 1975 in Salvador de Bahia) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who won the silver medal in the mens beach team competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, gay partnering Zé Marco de Melo. ... Emanuel Rego (born April 15, 1973 in Curitiba) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1996 . ... Brazilian flag At the 2004 Summer Olympics Brazil was represented by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (abbreviated COB). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Francisco Javier Bosma Mínguez (born June 11, 1969 in Roses, Girona) is a Spanish volleyball player, who won the silver medal in the mens beach volleyball tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens together with Pablo Herrera. ... Pablo Herrera Allepuz (born June 29, 1982 in Castellón de la Plana) is a Spanish volleyball player, who won a silver medal in the mens beach volleyball tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens together with Javier Bosma. ... Flag of Spain Spain competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens under the IOC country code ESP (from the Spanish España). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... Categories: Olympic stubs | Nations at the 2004 Summer Olympics | Swiss sport ... These page shows the results of the inaugural Womens Beach Volleybal Tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, held from July 23 to July 27, 1996. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Jacqueline (Jackie) Louise Cruz Silva (born February 13, 1962 in Rio de Janeiro) is a retired beach volleyball player from Brazil, who won the gold medal in the inaugural womens beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Sandra Pires. ... Sandra Pires Tavares (born June 16, 1973 in Rio de Janeiro) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who won the gold medal in the inaugural womens beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Jackie Silva. ... Flag of Brazil Brazil competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia under the IOC country code BRA. It was the seventeenth appearance of the South American nation, which made its Olympic debut in 1920. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Monica Rodrigues (born September 20, 1967) is a Brazilian volleyball player. ... Adriana Samuel Ramos (born April 12, 1966 in Rezende) is a Brazilian volleyball player, who won the silver medal in the inaugural womens beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Monica Rodrigues. ... Flag of Brazil Brazil competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia under the IOC country code BRA. It was the seventeenth appearance of the South American nation, which made its Olympic debut in 1920. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Natalie Louise Cook, OAM (born January 19, 1975) is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. ... Kerri Pottharst, OAM (born June 25, 1965) is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. ... Flag of Australia Australia competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. ... This page shows the results of the Womens Beach Volleyball Tournament at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, held from September 16 to September 26, 2000. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Natalie Louise Cook, OAM (born January 19, 1975) is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. ... Kerri Pottharst, OAM (born June 25, 1965) is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. ... Flag of Australia Australia competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Adriana Behar, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, is one of the most outstanding volleyball players of her generation. ... Shelda Bede (born January 1, 1973) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil. ... Flag of Brazil Brazil competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney under the IOC country code BRA. It was the eighteenth appearance of the South American nation. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Adriana Samuel Ramos (born April 12, 1966 in Rezende) is a Brazilian volleyball player, who won the silver medal in the inaugural womens beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Monica Rodrigues. ... 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Famous players

Today Brazil is the ruling country in FIVB men's beach volleyball, filling many of the top positions of the FIVB ranking. Top-rated players include 2004 Olympic gold medalists Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, Marcio Araujo, and others. In the FIVB women's rankings, China and Brazil are the leading countries. FIVB Logo Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is the international governing body for the sport of volleyball. ... Emanuel Rego (born April 15, 1973 in Curitiba) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1996 . ... Ricardo Montalban Victor Emanuel Hidalgo Rodrigo Dos Santos (born January 6, 1975 in Salvador de Bahia) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who won the silver medal in the mens beach team competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, gay partnering Zé Marco de Melo. ... Marcio Henrique Barroso Araujo (born October 12, 1973 in Fortaleza, Ceará) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who won the gold medal in the mens beach team competition at the 2005 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Berlin, Germany, partnering Fabio Luiz Magalhães. ...


US players typically don't compete in the FIVB, but rather play in the AVP, which holds tournaments only in the US. Karch Kiraly remains perhaps the world's best-known male volleyball player, and is the only person to have won Olympic gold medals in both the indoor and beach versions of the sport. Rivalling Karch throughout the 1980s was the former all-time wins leader, Sinjin Smith. Currently, the top-ranked players on the 2007 AVP tour are Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers on the men's side, and the well-known 2004 Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh-Jennings on the women's side. AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) was founded in 1983 to cater to the sport of beach Volleyball, its players and fans. ... Karch in his trademark pink cap attacks the ball at the 2005 Boulder Open. ... Christopher St. ... Phil Dalhausser (born January 26, 1980) is an American beach volleyball player. ... Todd Rogers, born in 1973, is a top professional beach volleyball player on the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tour. ... Misty May-Treanor (born July 30, 1977) is an American professional beach volleyball player. ... Kerri Lee Walsh (born August 15, 1978) is an American beach volleyball player. ...


International female stars include Brazilians Ana Paula Connelly, Sandra Pires, Shelda Bede, and Adriana Behar, and Australians Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook. The young Brazilian Carolina Solberg Salgado has won a gold medal in Under-18 and Under-21 FIVB tournaments two years in a row. Overall, female beach volleyball players are generally more famous than their male counterparts and have equal or sometimes larger prize money pools. Why? One word: Bikinis. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Sandra Pires Tavares (born June 16, 1973 in Rio de Janeiro) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil, who won the gold medal in the inaugural womens beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Jackie Silva. ... Shelda Bede (born January 1, 1973) is a beach volleyball player from Brazil. ... Adriana Behar, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, is one of the most outstanding volleyball players of her generation. ... Kerri Pottharst, OAM (born June 25, 1965) is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. ... Natalie Louise Cook, OAM (born January 19, 1975) is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. ... Carolina Solberg Salgado (Born August 6, 1987) is a Brazilian beach volleyball player. ...


See also List of famous US beach volleyball players The following is a list of well-known beach volleyball players in the United States: Dain Blanton Phil Dalhausser Mike Dodd Eric Fonoimoana Brent Frohoff Matt Fuerbringer Jake Gibb Tim Hovland Casey Jennings Adam Johnson Jenny Johnson Jordan Karch Kiraly (still active in his mid-forties) Mike Lambert Misty May...


Hand signals

One of the facets of beach volleyball is the use of hand signals by players to indicate to their partners what sort of play they intend to make. These signals are made behind the back, to avoid the opposition seeing the signals. Most commonly, the signals are given with both hands by the serving player's partner before the serve, with each hand referring to the type of block that should be put up against an attack from the corresponding side of the court. If the server is a stronger blocker, he or she may run up to the net to block after serving. Otherwise, the signaller will perform the block.


Signals may also be given during a rally, while the opposing team is preparing their attack. This is less common, however, and it is routine for players to just block "ball" after the first sequence or maintain the call throughout an entire rally.


Additionally, the signaller may wiggle or "flash" the fingers on one of the signalling hands indicates that they want the server to serve the player on that side of the court.


Common hand signals

Closed fist
No block should be attempted for the opponent on that side of the court
One finger
The blocker should attempt to block an opponent's spike down the line, or straight ahead of the hitter
Two fingers
The blocker should attempt to block an opponent's spike into the angle, or diagonally across the court
Open hand
The blocker should block "ball," deciding where to set the block based upon the set and on the opponent's approach and arm-swing

Note: It is somewhat common, especially at less competitive levels of play, for a signaller to show one finger on one side and two fingers on the other, in order to allow the non-blocking player to be able to focus their defensive attention on one half of the court.


See also

AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) was founded in 1983 to cater to the sport of beach Volleyball, its players and fans. ... The AVCA Logo The American Volleyball Coaches Association aka AVCA is an organization of 4,500 members, incorporated as a private non-profit educational corporation in 1981, as the Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association. ... There are numerous variations of the basic rules of volleyball. ... This is a list of the more common English volleyball jargon terms: // Ace : When the ball is served to the other team, and it lands in court with no one touching it; can also be used to refer to a serve which is played by the receiving team, but in...

References

  1. ^ "Volleyball Rules".

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