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mintonette

mintonette

On February 9, 1895, William G. Morgan invented volleyball at the former Holyoke YMCA. The Volleyball Hall of Fame resides in Holyoke at Heritage State Park and inducts a new class of athletes, coaches, and contributors every October. The sport was originally known as mintonette

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 1964.

The complete rules are extensive. But simply, play 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 3 times but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively. Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team is unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.

The rally continues, with each team allowed as many as three consecutive touches, until either (a): a team makes a kill, grounding the ball on the opponent’s court and winning the rally; or (b): a team commits a fault and loses the rally. 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:

  • causing the ball to touch the ground or floor outside the opponents’ court or without first passing over the net;
  • catching and throwing the ball;
  • double hit: two consecutive contacts with the ball made by the same player;
  • four consecutive contacts with the ball made by the same team;
  • net foul: touching the net during play;
  • foot fault: the foot crosses over the boundary line when serving;

The ball is usually played with the hands or arms, but players can legally strike or push or short contact the ball with any part of the body

The volleyball tournaments at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro  – 6 and 21 August. 24 volleyball teams and 48 beach volleyball teams, total 386 athletes, participated in the tournament. The indoor volleyball competition will took place at Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Maracanã, and the beach volleyball tournament at Copacabana Beach:

  • Indoor volleyball men: gold Brasil, silver Italy, bronze USA
  • Indoor volleyball women: gold Chine, silver Serbia, bronze USA
  • Beach volleyball  men: gold  Brasil, silver Italy, bronze Netherlands
  • Beach volleyball  women: gold Germany, silver Brasil, bronze USA
reference: wikipedia

image: picevolution.net, getty images rio 2016, www.rio2016.com

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