Chinese Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball originated in Santa Monica, California, in the early 1920s. China started playing beach volleyball at the summer Olympics of 1996. Beach volleyball is played by 2 teams consisting of 2 people. It is played on a sand court divided by a net in the center. Like in indoor volleyball the object of the game is to send the ball over the net and hit the ground on the opponents court. The ball is put into play by a serve from behind the rear court boundary. The rally continues until the ball is grounded or hit out of bounds. The team winning the rally serves the next game and gets a point. Each time a team wins a rally the players switch serving. Games usually last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The basic strategy of the game is to attack and get the ball to hit the ground or not make it over the net back to your side.

The dimensions of a beach volleyball court 26'3" feet by 52'6" feet and are measured from the outer edge of the boundary lines. The boundary lines are usually made of brightly colored rope or tape. The plane of the net serves as an invisible center line of the court, dividing it into two halves. The equipment used is a leather ball, a 28 foot long net, and a court. Players wear a little protective equipment with their outfits.

There is a professional and Olympic league for beach volleyball in China.

Red cards in beach volleyball are for flagrant misconduct and the player is removed from the court and cannot sit on their bench, there is sometimes a penalty area. Yellow cards are a formal warning and can be a loss of rally and sometimes serve.

Not much has changed over the years a ball that was specially made for the game in 1900. scoring went from 21 to 15 points in 1916 and feet were aloud to touch the ball.


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