Indoor Beach Volleyball is played by two teams of four players, with the option of 2 substitutes, on a sand court divided by a net. The object of the game is to ground the ball in the opponent's court or to force the opponents into error. Each team is allowed 3 touches before returning the ball across the net. The ball must not be thrown, lifted or pushed, but must be hit cleanly. The players are generally positioned on the court in two lines of two, facing the net.
The major differences between beach and indoor volleyball are:
- Playing surface
- Team size
- Scoring system
- Overhand touches and tips
- Block counts as a team touch
- Coaching is not allowed
The game consists of 5 basic skills:
The act of putting the ball into play, from the backline, over the net by an over or underarm action.
First touch of the ball on receiving the service must be with the forearms (referred to as a 'dig'), the object being to pass the ball to a teammate close to the net.
The act of setting the ball up for an attacking hit by volleying the ball into the air using the fingertips.
The most common attacking shot, the player jumping up to hit a 'set' into the opponent's court.
A defensive action performed by jumping up with both hands above and over the net, attempting to prevent a 'spike' from entering the court.
The standard sequence of the above is for the 'serve' to be received by a player who 'digs' it to the centre frontline player for a 'set' to another player. The receiver of the set then attempts to 'spike' the ball into the opponent's court, avoiding a 'block' and forcing an error or grounding the ball in the opponent's court.
Teams play to win sets which are made up of points. The team who wins the most points wins a set. The team who wins the most sets in the allotted time wins the game.
Where to play Indoor Volleyball
The following Indoor Sports Victoria centres play Indoor Volleyball. Visit the arena webpage for their details and how to register a team.