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Volleyball

Volleyball is a team sport where two teams, typically consisting of six players each, aim to score points by grounding the ball on the other team’s court.

Description and How to Do It

Played on a rectangular court divided by a net, the game involves hitting the ball over the net into the opponent’s court. Each team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball. The game requires skillful serving, passing, setting, attacking, blocking, and defensive play.

Benefits

  • Agility and Flexibility: Enhances quick movements and flexibility.
  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and team coordination.
  • Physical Fitness: Improves cardiovascular health and muscular strength.
  • Mental Focus: Develops concentration and strategic thinking.

Best Age to Start

Children can start learning volleyball from around the age of 8 or 9.

Resources

  • Websites: FIVB.com for rules and updates.
  • YouTube: Elevate Yourself for training and tips.
  • Movies/Documentaries: “The Miracle Season” (film), “Court & Spark” (documentary).
  • Books: “Thinking Volleyball” by Mike Hebert (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Volleyball: $15-$50.
  • Knee Pads: $10-$30.
  • Volleyball Shoes: $50-$120.
  • Athletic Clothing: $20-$50.
  • Net System (optional for home): $100-$300.
  • Weekly/Monthly Cost: Club fees, approximately $30-$100 monthly.
  • Membership Fees: Around $50-$400 annually, depending on the club.

Starting Tips

  • Start with basic skills like serving, passing, and setting.
  • Join a volleyball club or team for regular practice and games.
  • Watch volleyball games to understand different positions and strategies.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Practice 2-3 times a week, with additional matches or tournaments.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Develop advanced skills in all aspects of the game.
  • Participate in competitive leagues and tournaments.
  • Demonstrate leadership and consistent high-level performance.

Famous Volleyball Players

  • Kerri Walsh Jennings
  • Giba (Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho)

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