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Sand Volleyball Rules for Beginners

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Maybe you have played volleyball on an indoor court. Or maybe you’ve never played volleyball at all. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Sand volleyball rules are easy to learn and incredibly fun to practice. If you’re interested in learning how to play, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s blog, Volleyball Beach will explain the rules of sand volleyball for beginners.

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The Setup

Much like an indoor court, a basic sand volleyball court is a rectangle divided in half by a net. Each square side belongs to a team, and the idea is that each team has to keep the ball from hitting the ground on their side, or the other team scores a point. 

The sand court is slightly smaller than an indoor court, and the floor is, well, sand. The smaller court is fitting because rather than a standard 6 person team, sand volleyball has only 2 players per team. A special volleyball is used as well that is lighter and softer, and more suited to the sand court.

Sand Volleyball Rules: Game Play

Gameplay for sand volleyball is pretty straightforward, so don’t let it intimidate you! A player on the starting side serves the ball over the net from behind the end line, which puts the ball into active play. The two players on each team are allowed to hit the ball 3 times before it has to go to the other side, or the other team gets a point. 

In beach volleyball, a game is played to 21 points. Games are usually played in sets of three with teams needing to win 2 games to win the set. If the third game is played it is usually only played to 15 points.

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Have Fun!

As with any sport, practice makes perfect. The goal of sand volleyball is to have fun, so as long as you are doing that the skills will come with time. Volleyball can be competitive, or it can be a great way to exercise and have fun with friends.

Volleyball Beach Ozark 

If you are looking for competitive sand volleyball leagues, or just a great place to hang out with friends, come to Volleyball Beach in Ozark, Missouri. We’re open all year round and have both indoor and outdoor sand volleyball courts. For more information about sand volleyball, sponsored or corporate events, leagues, or tournaments, visit us in person,  contact us online or give us a call at 417-771-9330.