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Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since Tokyo 1964. Beach volleyball was introduced to the programme at the Atlanta 1996. The adapted version of volleyball at the Summer Paralympic Games is sitting volleyball.

The complete set of rules is extensive, but play essentially proceeds as follows: a player on one of the teams begins a 'rally' by serving the ball (tossing or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm), from behind the back boundary line of the court, over the net, and into the receiving team's court. The receiving team must not let the ball be grounded within their court. The team may touch the ball up to three times to return the ball to the other side of the court, but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively. Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack. An attack is an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the team receiving the ball is unable to pass the ball and continue the rally, thus, losing the point. The team that wins the rally is awarded a point and serves the ball to start the next rally. A few of the most common faults include: (Full article...)

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  • Image 1Tactics: Serve
    Tactics: Serve
  • Image 2Tactics: The "libero" (defence player)
    Tactics: The "libero" (defence player)
  • Image 3Tactics: Kill against three blockers
    Tactics: Kill against three blockers
  • Image 4Play in progress: The "set" (second contact), Iran vs. Japan, Olympic qualification match 2016
    Play in progress: The "set" (second contact), Iran vs. Japan, Olympic qualification match 2016
  • Image 5Tactics: Jump serve
    Tactics: Jump serve
  • Image 6Variants; World footvolley championships, 2010
    Variants; World footvolley championships, 2010
  • Image 7Variants: Beach volleyball at the 2016 Rio Olympics
    Variants: Beach volleyball at the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Image 8Tactics: Defence
    Tactics: Defence
  • Image 9Tactics: Receiving serve
    Tactics: Receiving serve
  • Image 10Volleyball scoreboard (United States)
    Volleyball scoreboard (United States)
  • Image 11Variants: Sitting volleyball at the 2012 Paralympics
    Variants: Sitting volleyball at the 2012 Paralympics
  • Image 12Play in progress: The attack or "spike"
    Play in progress: The attack or "spike"
  • Image 13Volleyball positions
    Volleyball positions
  • Image 14Play in progress: International match Italy vs. Russia, 2005
    Play in progress: International match Italy vs. Russia, 2005
  • Image 15Volleyball court
    Volleyball court
  • Image 16Tactics: Team practising passing
    Tactics: Team practising passing
  • Image 17Team handshake at a Polish volleyball match
    Team handshake at a Polish volleyball match
  • Image 18An official signals "ball out"
    An official signals "ball out"
  • Image 19Play in progress: Final of the Volleyball French Cup, 2013
    Play in progress: Final of the Volleyball French Cup, 2013

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Volleyball terms

  • Ace : A serve which lands in the opponent's court without being touched, or is touched, but unable to be kept in play by one or more receiving team players.
  • Assist : Usually the second of a team's three contacts, an assist is awarded for any set ball that results in a kill on the ensuing attack.
  • Attack : Usually the third of a team's three contacts, an attack is any attempt by the offense to score a point against the defense (this does not include free balls or over-passes).
  • Stack Blocking : A blocking strategy where the front row players start close to each other at the center of the net, leaving space for swing blocking out to the pins.
  • Cut / Cut shot : attack with an extreme angle (nearly parallel to the net).
  • Dig : A defensive contact following an opponent's attack resulting in a playable ball.

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