A player jumps to hit the ball over the net on a sand volleyball court

Beach Volleyball Rules for Beginners

Maybe you have played volleyball on a regular indoor court, or maybe you’ve never played 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 beach volleyball for beginning players.

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The Court 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 typically 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.

Game Play

The gameplay for beach volleyball is pretty straightforward, so don’t let it intimidate you!

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.

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 touch the ball 3 times before it has to go to the other side, or the other team gets a point. The team that gets the point is the team that serves next.

Scoring Rules:

  • The serving team serves the ball over the net to put it into play.
  • The opposing team has three hits to get the ball back over the net.
  • A single player may not touch the ball twice except after a block at the net.
  • A block is considered one of the three touches.
  • A team gets a point when the ball is dropped in bounds on the opponent’s side.

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Practice and 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.

Sand Volleyball Near Springfield, MO 

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.