Beach Volleyball originated in Santa Monica, California in the early 1920s but has been part of the Summer Olympics since 1964. There are 2 teams with 2-6 players on each team. Each team tries to score points by grounding the ball on the other teams court.
The field dimensions are 16 by 8 meters, surrounded by a free zone which is a minimum of 3 feet wide. The equipment used is a net, posts, and a ball. A ball can be played to one's side of the net if it has crossed over the net, or out side the antenna as long as a team has one or more contacts let and the ball is played back under the net or the antenna (new since 2005). The "let" serve is played on the beach (new since 2005). The ball must cleanly hit or "pop" off the hand. Each team is allowed only three contacts. A player may only have one toss per serve attempt.
A typical game lasts 45 minutes. One team serves, the other team tries to rally-or "side‑out"‑ with a pattern of dig, set, spike within three touches. The first two sets are played to 21 points, with the final tie‑breaker set being played to 15 points. A team must win a set by two points. The strategy of the game is to get more points than the opposing team. Catching or throwing the ball is against the rules. A referee can call carrying if the player holds the ball in their hands too long.
There is a Olympic volleyball team for Latvia, a national men's team and a national women's team. There is also the NVL (National Volleyball League).
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