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A Sport The World Loves
Volleyball: A Sport The World Loves
Volleyball is a sport that is played throughout the world. Did you know that volleyball was invented, so to speak, in the United States? But, although this is true, the sport is now the second most popular sport in the world right after soccer. Although it is not as popular in the United States as it is worldwide, it is growing. More and more people are seeing the skill that is needed, the competitiveness that is evident and the sheer physical ability that the sport of volleyball demands.
The sport of volleyball was designed to be played by those who loved the aspects of such games as basketball and tennis but without the physicality of basketball. Volleyball also combines elements of baseball and handball as well. The first game was played in 1896. Four years later, the volleyball was designed specifically for the game.
Today, there are over 46 million people playing the sport of volleyball in the United States alone. It allows for good hand eye coordination and allows for players to get physical exercise and workouts without too much physical contact with other players. It is a game that is played for competition and for fun.
There are elementary, high school, college and professional volleyball teams. The rules of the game stay the same throughout the various levels although are more lax in the younger levels. Volleyball is played in the Olympics as well. It was first played in the Olympics in 1964 and continues to play a large competitive role each Olympic Games.
There are several types of equipment that can be purchased and used in volleyball. Of course, you will need to purchase the volleyball itself making sure to get a high quality volleyball. Next, you will want to consider the purchase of a volleyball net. The standard net will be strung at six feet six inches in height, just above the average manís height. You will then need to provide for the players protective equipment which is minimal. It will include, in most cases, knee pads and elbow pads. Beyond that, there is little to be purchased to play the game although many athletes use specific shoes for the game.
Volleyball equipment and more information about the game can be purchased throughout the web. Quality is the most important factor in choosing volleyball equipment.
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