Volleyball is a simple yet enjoyable game that can be played at the beach, in the backyard or on a court. A lot of people find volleyball to be a fun game and really easy to play, since it is uncomplicated and you don't really need a lot of experience to play it. If you have never experienced playing this game or just want to know the basics about it, below are simple instructions on how to play volleyball.
- Prepare your equipment. First, buy a volleyball and a net. Usually, the sports equipment shop provides strings with the net. These are to be used to set-up the boundaries of the court. Of course, you could use other objects to set the boundaries of the playing court like towels or shoes. For a beach volleyball court, each half should be at least 8 meters by 8 meters. An indoor volleyball court measures 18 by 9 meters. The net should be hung at least 2.43 meters in height. In a backyard game of volleyball, you don't need these measurements, of course.
- Gather the teams. If this is just a backyard game, look for a friend with whom you could practice hitting the ball back and forth. If you are able to gather 3 friends then you could split and play against each other, 2 for each team. An indoor volleyball game requires two 6-player teams playing against each other. If this is a friendly game, tossing a coin will be sufficient to decide which of the teams will get the ball first.
- Serve the ball. A player stands at the free zone behind the boundary line at the rear of his side of the court, to start the game by serving the ball. Using a jump serve, an overhand or an underhand serve, the player aims to strike the ball and send it over the net to the other side of the court.
- Return the ball. Every time the ball comes inbound, the team must try to send the ball back to the opposing team's half court. When the ball goes back and forth repeatedly, this is called a rally. A team is allowed to touch or hit the ball up to three times when returning the ball to the other team. A player is not allowed to touch the ball again until a teammate has touched it or his opponent.
- Scoring points. The new rules of volleyball state that points are only awarded to the serving team. If a serve and rally sequence ends with the serving team having kept possession of the ball, the serving team gets a point. Should the serving team fail to keep the ball, the opposing team will not get the point but will have the opportunity of serving the ball.
- Winning the game. Here, the object of the game is to beat the opposing team at getting the highest number of points. Generally, the game ends when a team reaches 21 points, winning by at least two points.
Some organizations or clubs play using slightly different rules, especially in recreational games. In cases like these, it is important that all the players are aware and agree to the rules before the game starts.