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Find health clubs or fitness centers with indoor volleyball courts and parks or beaches with outdoor sand volleyball courts.
Gyms have gotten bigger over the years and many have indoor volleyball courts. You may have more luck looking into volleyball sports centers or complexes which offer indoor or outdoor courts, leagues and tournaments.
Find a sand volleyball court at a nearby park or take your sunscreen out and head to the beach for a game. To save time, be sure there's a spot cleared for a volleyball court with nets and poles already in place.
For indoor court games, you'll need volleyball clothing, footwear and equipment. Most sporting goods stores will have everything for your basic volleyball needs. If playing beach volleyball, find a sturdy bathing suit.
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Volleyball can be played on indoors or outdoor courts. In a game of indoor volleyball, there are 2 teams and 6 active players. Beach volleyball is played with 2 people per team. Volleyball equipment includes knee pads, elbow pads, a volleyball, and net. A volleyball court net is between 6' and 8' depending on whether it's a men's team, women's team or beach volleyball game. The game begins with a coin toss and a serve. Points are scored when one team grounds a ball on the other team's court. Once the ball is served, the opposing team tries to get the ball back over the net through a series of no more than 3 contacts. The 3 contacts proceed as follows: bump, set and spike. When a point is scored, the team that scored the point gets the ball and serves. To learn how to play volleyball, look for camps, sports centers or gyms with instructional workshops and classes.
Beach volleyball requires little equipment. Once you've set up a net, the court's dimensions should measure around 60' x 30'. Be sure the sand you're playing on is as level as possible. Also be sure to comb the court for glass or sharp objects before playing. In beach volleyball shoes are not necessary, hence clearing the court of debris in order to eliminate injury. Injuries are less likely in beach volleyball, because you have the sand as a cushion, but you want to make sure that sand is safe. You can use the same ball you use for indoor volleyball to play beach volleyball. It's best to wear glasses while playing, but the glasses should be sports glasses with an elastic band to hold them on. Steer clear of sunglasses with glass lenses or metal frames. You'll also want to wear sunscreen. Games can last a long time if there happens to be a tie, and you wouldn't want a win with a sunburn to take home as a prize. Beach volleyball is played with 2 to 4 players on the court at a time and has very similar rules to indoor volleyball. The net should be somewhere between 7' to 8' high and you should mark center court from the center of the net. Beach volleyball is a great form of exercise and a wonderful way to be active while enjoying the sun and sand.
As in any sport, practice makes perfect. Perfecting volleyball skills takes constant repetition on and off the court. You can always just pick up a ball and volley it back and forth with a partner. You can also practice serving on your own. However, to play a volleyball game, you have to have more than one skill. Since players rotate positions in volleyball, everyone's skills have to be matched, unlike in baseball where there are those who are only pitchers. So, to begin practicing volleyball skills, you'll want to create a drill format that perfects and improves your current skill set. Try drills that focus on juggling, bumping, overhead passing for short serves, overhead passing for high serves and wider range passing. It is often recommended that you break these drills down into individual drill practice using a wall and/or bench, partner drill practice and group drill practice.
Even though volleyball is a non-contact sport, players get injured on the court from falls and extreme moves. Some common volleyball injuries include ankle sprains, back injuries and patella tendinitis. In order to prevent injury when playing volleyball, you must include a full-body warm-up, a cool-down and stretching. Be sure to go through all these steps before you step on the volleyball court and after your game is over. Warm-ups should include an activity that increases your heart rate to about 60% of your maximum heart rate, such as jumping rope or jogging, followed by gentle stretches to prepare your muscles for the game. Stretch at the end of your game while your muscles are very warm from increased blood flow. Hold each stretch for about 20-30 seconds before moving to the next stretch. Cool-downs should last about 5 minutes and gradually bring your heart rate down. If you have any discomfort, that area should be iced immediately after your volleyball game. Always consult a physician if an injury persists or furthers.
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