The many versions of Volleyball

Contrary to what most people think, there are countless versions of volleyball. Unlike some other sports with more than version, such as tennis or soccer, it is not just a matter of there being a beach version to the original sport, because for volleyball, you can create a dictionary out of its many creative variations. Read on and learn about some of them!

Newcomb ball

Newcomb ball is widely regarded by most within the volleyball community as a simplified form of the original game, commonly used to teach the fundamentals of volleyball to school-aged children. Its has more significance than its educational value however, and is also popular among adults with a preference for a sport like volleyball less physically vigorous than volleyball. There are two main differences between this sport and volleyball - 1) the ball can be caught before passing on to a team-mate or over the net, and 2) each pass or serve is a throw as opposed to a hit. Most other volleyball rules apply however to this sport, although there may be variations with regards to the numbers of players per team and the numbers of 'catches' per side. On top of that, players holding the ball are sometimes allowed a limited number of steps. Interestingly this sport was invented separately from volleyball, but eventually came to be labelled a version of the more popular sport.

Sitting volleyball

Naturally the height of the net used in this sport will be much lower than that used in volleyball - the game is played on a smaller 10 x 6 meter court and with a 0.8 meter-wide net set to a height of 1.15 meters for men and 1.05 meters for women. When hitting or attacking the ball, the player must have one "buttock" or an extension of the torso in contact with the floor, until the ball leaves the hand. Traditionally this sport has been meant for, and played by, amputees and polio sufferers, and also people who have orthopedic problems in their knees or ankles.

Wallyball

Interestingly, wallyball is volleyball played in a racquetball court, which is divided into two halves by a net. The game is played like volleyball, with the added complexity that players may carom (strike and rebound) the ball off a side wall when playing it into the opponents' court. If a ball played over the net contacts the ceiling, the opponent's back wall, or both side walls without being touched by an opponent, the ball is ruled out of bounds. The pace of the game is much faster than volleyball if played properly, as the confined environment ensures much quicker actions, and the walls often keep the ball conveniently in play for longer.

Indoor sand volleyball

The indoor sand volleyball, is.. a spin-off of the beach volleyball, or to put it simply, it is the indoor version of the beach volleyball. Indoor sand volleyball teams usually vary from two to six members - the more competitive the occasion, the higher the number. An indoor basketball court is usually used, for an indoor sand volleyball match - just think about the amount trouble that needs to be gone through to bring all those sand in! This is how the sanding process works - a protective tarpaulin covers the floor of the basketball court, before sand is laid a foot deep over it. The boundaries are commonly marked off, simply with lines in the sand.

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