Indoor Volleyball 101: the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (part 1)

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to meet people your own age in the Niagara Region? Does a sport that requires team play, conditioning, strength, and a sharp mind sound like fun to you? If so, joining an indoor volleyball is a great way of socializing, staying active, and getting in great shape. This guide will cover everything from how to spike to how to be a good team player. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, you’ll be ready to join in no time…

 You don’t have to be a professional beach volleyball player or a beach bum in California to realise how popular the game is these days. People of all ages inspired by epic Olympic clashes of the world’s best are signing up in droves to join indoor volleyball leagues. If beach volleyball is the young, brash cousin, indoor is the seasoned, grizzled veteran—calculating, quiet, and confident, it knows who the boss really is!

As the Niagara Region’s leading league (we have over 120 teams!), we are happy to help people in the area learn how to play this game and join in the fun.

How to Play: the Basics

 For a game that is as gritty, demanding, and nuanced as indoor volleyball, the basics are fairly easy to grasp. Here’s what you need to know:

Teams

 The game is played with two sets of six players on each side of the net. Players are divided into two groups—three up front and three in the back. As a recreational league, Niagara Sport and Social Club offers men’s, women’s, and co-ed games for all to enjoy.

By the way: Don’t worry if you’re a beginner and you don’t want to get in over your head. We always divide teams into skill levels, so you don’t have to worry about mixing it up with the pros (yet!).

Scoring

When a team wins a rally, they score a point. The game is started by a player serving the ball over the net from behind the line and into the area of play. The ball is allowed to land on the line. Now the rally has begun!

  • Each team gets a maximum of three touches before the ball has to be returned
  • A player can only hit the ball once before another must touch it
  • Players can go out of bounds to hit the ball but the ball cannot touch outside the lines

You can score a point in any of these ways:

  • The ball touches the ground in your opponent’s area
  • Your opponent hits the ball out of bounds
  • Someone from the other team touches the net
  • A player’s foot crosses the net to your side

 You should know: In volleyball, players “rotate”. That means once you win the serve, players shuffle down a position. This way, everyone gets a chance to serve!

Winning the Game

Rules and regulations vary on when the game ends, and sometimes you can even just make an agreement with friends, but the standard for indoor volleyball leagues is

  • First to 25 points wins the match
  • Best three out of five wins the game
  • The final game if needed is played to 15
  • You must win by two points (I.E, 26-24 is a victory but 25-24 is not)

Joining an indoor volleyball league is a great way to meet friends (most of our players are between 20-50), stay in great shape, and learn great skills. Are you ready to get deeper into this great sport? Check out part two in the series!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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