|Governing Body:||Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)|
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 the Summer Olympics since 1996. The international federation of the sport FIVB was founded in 1947.To score more points than the opponent team by hitting the ball above and over the net so that the opponent team can’t return the ball.
Beach volleyball is seen as a variant of indoor volleyball with slight differences in the rules, playing format and arena. William G. Morgan invented it in 1985. The first recorded match of beach volleyball was performed in the early 1900s at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Hawaii. The first inter-club competition was held in 1924.
Being inexpensive, the sport took a high during the Gret Economic Depression in the 1930s. In 1960, the first Manhattan Beach Open was held and was considerably regarded as the "Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball". The Olympia World Championship is viewed as the first professional beach volleyball tournament, held in 1976 at Will Rogers State Beach in California.
Beach volleyballs are usually larger than standard volleyballs and have lower internal pressure. These usually have a circumference of about 26-27 inches and weigh around 260-280 grams.
A beach volleyball net is affixed on two upright poles that are situated opposite each other at a certain distance. The measurements of the net vary according to men's, women's and junior games respectively.
Male players wear swimsuits or vests and shorts while female players have the option to wear a one-piece swimsuit, shorts or a two-piece dress.
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