Here is your essay on Volleyball !
Volleyball is a team game which has six players that play on either side of the net. A set of rules decide the score that each team is able to make against the other team. The game begins with a player from one team throwing the ball using hand or arm over the net so that the opposite team can receive it on their court.
The basic rule is to prevent the received ball from hitting the ground so that it can be thrown back to the other team with up to 3 touches from the team. A foul happens if one person from the team touches the ball more than twice (double-hit) while it’s on their side of the net. Also, a team scores a point by throwing the call across the net to the other team’s side such that it hits the ground directly or the player fails to send it back over the net.
Thus there are basically two ways to score a point-a) one is by throwing the ball on the ground of the opponent team passing over the net b) another is if the opponent team is unable to render the ball back into the court of serving team.
Volleyball is played in different variations in different parts. There are some rules for the serve in the game of volleyball. 1) The ball has to be served underhand or overhand. 2) The player who serves the ball must stand behind the end line on his/her side of the court while making the serve.3) the served ball must cross the net and reach the opponent side. 4) The ball has to be clearly visible to the opponent team.
Similarly there are rules for rotation. 1) Teams change sides as the other team wins the serve.2) Clockwise rotation of the players happens
The minimum number of players on each side for a game is 4 while the maximum is 6. Indoor and outdoor are two variations of volleyball game. Outdoor volleyball is also played as beach volleyball on the beach. Indoor volleyball has six players in each team while beach volleyball has even two persons in each team.
Here are some things to avoid when playing the game:
1. Touching the net when playing is counted a foul.
2. Do not place your foot on the back line when serving the ball called as foot fault.
3. One person from the team should not touch the ball more than twice also known as double hit.
4. Pushing the ball is not allowed.
5. Catching and throwing the ball is not allowed when playing.
6. The ball should not touch the ground on the opponent’s side without crossing over the net.
Spiking, blocking, passing, setting and positions of the players for defense are some techniques used while playing the game of volleyball. There are disputes over the origin of the game. While the game evolved in 1900, the rules were set first in Philippines in 1916. In order to promote this game, the American Expeditionary Forces distributed close to 16000 volleyballs in 1919 amongst their troops and allies. Canada was the first country after United States to adopt this game. Summer Olympics included the Beach Volleyball variation of volleyball played on sand with only two team members in either team in year 1964.
Rules of the game also evolved with time. Score points changed from 21 to 15 and also before 1999 only the team that served the ball could make a score. But later this changed to current scoring system where rally point system was adopted. Also the dimensions of the court are important for someone to know who is interested in the game of volleyball. The court is 18m long with a width of 9m. The net divides the court into two equal squares 9m X 9m in size. The net is placed such that the top of it is 2.43 m above ground. At 3 m on either side of the court a line is drawn which separates the playing area of the team into front row and back row.
Some recent rule changes to the game include the serves to be allowed wherein the ball enters the opponent’s court after touching the net. Expansion of the sidelines so that the player can move and serve from anywhere behind the end lines is another key change in the game rules. Multiple contacts are now allowed for a single player while trying to pass the ball to the opponent’s court instead of the double –hit rule that was followed previously.
Well, here I am, fixed in a low, ready position with my knees bent, my arms stretched out in front of me, with my weight on the tips of my toes. The crowd in the stands becomes silent. I rearrange my shorts and pull up my knee pads. The court floor is shiny and slippery, so I lick the palms of my hands and rub them on the soles of my sneakers to get a good grip. Quickly, I observe my teammates and say, "Serve receive as a team." Complete silence and a few seconds of fear, excitement and anxiety surround me. The whistle blows and the ball is served. It sails in my direction from the other side of the court. At this point I decide to go for it, so I yell, "Mine!" when it reaches my side of the court. This serves as a warning to the five other girls on my team to get out of the way because I want to get the ball first. I finally make contact with the ball and I bump it up to the setter, who waits patiently in the front of the court by the net. She then sets the ball to the outside hitter, who, in turn, spikes the ball into the other team's faces.
This is what a volleyball player might experience during a volleyball game. The goal is simple: three hits in all and finish the play with a kill (overhand pass). But first one should learn to expect the unexpected. Anything is possible. The served ball might not even make it to the other team's side, sometimes it hits the net, other times it gets served out of bounds. Volleyball is just like life, it demands a lot of practice and patience. n
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.