Beach Volleyball is a team sport and is an outdoor version of the game played on indoor courts (indoor volleyball). It is played by two teams of two players on a sand court separated by a net. The sport was originated in 1915 on the beaches of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, specifically at the Outrigger Canoe Club. Originally the game was played between the teams of six players each side, but the concept of two-player volleyball was originated in 1930 in Santa Monica, California.
The sport is also a part of summer Olympics since 1996. The international federation of the sport FIVB was founded in 1947.
Beach volleyball, as the name signifies, is played on a sand court rather than a hard court. The playing area includes the rectangular playing court and the free zone. The court measures 16 x 8 m and is divided into two equal halves by a net measuring 2.43m above the court for men’s competitions and 2.24 m for women. Both halves also consist of a service zone which is an 8m wide area behind the end line. The court is surrounded by a free zone which is a minimum of 3 m wide on all sides (at least 5-6 m wide for FIVB competitions).