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How to play volleyball.
You can easily play
a fun game of volleyball in your backyard. You don’t need sand to
play, although it is fun to play the game barefoot as if you were on
a white, sandy beach on a sunny, summer day! Volleyball is an
internationally recognized sport and is played in the Summer
Olympics, which takes place once every four years. In addition to
volleyball, the Summer Olympic Games have included as many as 32
kinds of sports representing teams from different countries all
around the world. The following are easy, step-by-step rules on how
to play a backyard version of the popular game of volleyball.
How to Play
Create a makeshift volleyball
court in your backyard. Set up a volleyball net in the middle of
the court. (Note: If you really want to go all out and simulate
beach volleyball, purchase a truckload of play sand for your
backyard court from a local company that provides construction
and landscaping materials).
Assemble two teams, each
consisting of six (6) players.
Assign each player a position on
the court: three (3) players on each team play the forward
court, facing and standing in a row closest to the net, while
the other three (3) players on each team play the back court,
facing and standing in a row farthest away from the net.
Flip a coin to start a game of
volleyball. The winning team of the coin toss has one of two
options: the team can (1) decide whether to serve first or (2)
choose which side of the court they want to defend.
The object of the game is to
ground the ball on the opponents’ half of the court; that is,
the ball must touch the floor of the court within the
boundaries. Players can only use their fist, hands, or arms to
hit the ball over the net. (Note: While in play, players cannot
catch or hold the ball, or touch the net).
positioned at the back, right-hand corner of the court steps
into the serving area behind the end line and attempts to serve
the ball over the net, striking the ball overhand or underhand.
If the serve strikes the opponent’s floor within the boundaries or
comes in contact with an opponent as the ball goes out of bounds,
the serve is called an ace, and the serving team is awarded
one (1) point.
If the serve is unsuccessful, the opponents do not score, but get
possession of the ball and are allowed their turn to serve. Note:
Only the serving team can score.
Further note: After each play, each team member changes their place
on the court by rotating clockwise one position, before each serve.
Upon a successful serve, the
receiving team must return the ball over the net and are allowed
a maximum of three different (3) contacts with the ball. (Note:
A player cannot make two (2) consecutive contacts with the
Play continues with the ball
being hit back and forth over the net until the ball hits the
floor or a fault is committed. (Note: Faults include the ball
going out of bounds; teammates touching the ball more than three
(3) times before it goes over the net; a player making two (2)
consecutive contacts with the ball, etc.).
Each successful play is worth one (1) point. Each fault is worth
(1) point to the serving team if the receiving team commits the
fault; otherwise, if a serving team commits a fault, the
receiving team gets possession of the ball and becomes the
serving team. The first team to reach 15 points is the winner.
No matter what sport or physical activity you and/or your guests
decide to participate in, this section provides useful information
and tips for optimal performance and enjoyment:
Stay Hydrated! If you and/or
your guests engage in outdoor physical activities, especially
during hot weather, remember to drink plenty of fluids! Drinking
pure water is a great option to replenish your fluids
during and after exercising. Most tap water is excellent.
However, if you are still concerned about lead content and other
potentially harmful particles in your tap water, using a water
filter or purifier is one way to go. A water filtration system
Brita, Culligan or Pur) can keep vital minerals in the
water like fluoride, while filtering out any contaminants or
pollutants that may be in your tap water.
While exercising, perspiration allows your body to cool off as the
sweat evaporates from your skin (a natural cooling mechanism), but
in the process of this thermoregulation you loose electrolytes in
addition to H2O. Therefore, if you’ve been especially
sweating a lot, you need to replenish your lost electrolytes.
In this case, sports drinks - fortified with electrolytes - (i.e.
Gatorade, Powerade, All Sport, Recharge, Extreme Ripped Force and
Champion Nutrition Revenge Sport) are good choices.
There are also other energy drinks available on the market, such as
vitamin-fortified water (i.e. Glacéau (a.k.a.
Glaceau) Vitamin Water, Glacéau Smart Water, Glacéau
Fruit Water, Glacéau Vitamin Energy, Propel Fitness Water and SoBe
Play it safe!
Wear the appropriate safety gear for each sport or activity you
engage in. Also, make certain that you have all the necessary
equipment for the sport or activity. Visit your local sporting
goods store for assistance.
warm-up! It’s important to stretch and warm-up before
participating in any physical activity or sport. Stretching has
many benefits: It allows your muscles and joints to relax, it
improves your range of motion and it may prevent injuries.
Before starting any sport or physical activity, consult your
physician and get a physical exam.
over-the-counter pain reliever handy! Don’t let minor
aches and pains slow you down or prevent you from participating
in a sport or physical activity you enjoy at your outdoor
barbecue event. Over-the-counter pain medication (i.e. Tylenol
(Acetaminophen), Motrin (Ibuprofen), Advil (Ibuprofen), Anacin
(Aspirin), Bayer (Aspirin), Aleve (Naproxen), etc.)
work great at relieving minor muscle and joint pain. Note:
Always consult your physician before taking any medication, and
use as directed.
emergencies arise, keep a cell phone handy, or even a
walkie-talkie! A walkie-talkie is a two-way radio transceiver,
which is convenient, portable and handheld. It allows you to
communicate with another person that is located at a reasonably
close distance to you (i.e. if you are in the backyard, you can
easily communicate with someone that is inside the house if you
are both using walkie-talkies). It’s a great way to keep in
first-aid kit handy! Accidents happen, so, for minor scrapes,
cuts, etc., readily have available bandages; gauze; adhesive
tape; sterile swabs; antiseptic (i.e. hydrogen peroxide topical
solution, antibiotic ointment (i.e. Neosporin), alcohol pads,
etc.); tweezers; anti-itch ointment (i.e. hydrocortisone); etc.
Seek medical attention if necessary.
sunburn! Protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful
rays, which may cause premature aging (i.e. wrinkles) and skin
cancer. So, don’t forget to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at
least 15 and one that offers broad spectrum protection against
both UVA and UVB rays. If participating in outdoor sports or
activities, consider wearing a sunscreen that is waterproof.
bug bites! Keep a bottle of bug spray handy. If you do get bit,
use anti-itch ointment (i.e. hydrocortisone) to help relieve the
sting of the bite.
at bay, and enjoy your time outdoors!
If you suffer from allergies, have readily available an
over-the-counter allergy medicine - (i.e. Claritin (Loratadine);
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine); Sudafed PE (Phenylephrine); Zyrtec (Cetirizine
HCl); Zyrtec-D (Cetirizine/Pseudoephedrine); etc.) - to relieve
allergy symptoms, such as red, itchy, watery eyes; nasal
etc., due to the increased levels of pollen, dust, mold,
etc., in the air. Note: Always consult your physician
before taking any medication, and use as directed.
Goals! Don’t overexert yourself, especially at an outdoor
get-together where the idea is to relax and have a good time.
Remember, as with most things in life, practice makes perfect!
So, if you’re really interested in a particular sport or
activity, practice it often, and you’ll be sure to impress your
friends and family at your next outdoor event.
Most of all...Have Fun! Whether you’re a competitive athlete or
an amateur, playing sports and exercising should be about
enjoying yourself, spending time with friends and family,
getting in touch with the great outdoors, teamwork, the spirit
of the game, stress-relief, and good health!
Handyman Zone Team