14 Facts About Beach volleyball


Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two or more players on a sand court divided by a net.

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Beach volleyball is a variant of indoor volleyball, which was invented in 1895 by William G Morgan.

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The concept of the modern two-man beach volleyball game is credited to Paul "Pablo" Johnson of the Santa Monica Athletic Club.

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Beach volleyball grew in popularity in the United States during the Great Depression in the 1930s as it was an inexpensive activity.

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The first Manhattan Beach Open was held in 1960, a tournament which grew in prestige to become, in the eyes of some, the "Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball".

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The California Pro Beach volleyball Tour debuted with events in Laguna Beach volleyball, Santa Barbara and the World Championship in Redondo.

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At the professional level, the sport remained fairly obscure until the 1980s when beach volleyball experienced a surge in popularity with high-profile players such as Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, and Karch Kiraly.

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Beach volleyball has become a global sport, with international competition organized by the FIVB.

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In indoor Beach volleyball, passing involves two main techniques: forearm pass, or bump, where the ball touches the inside part of the joined forearms or platform, at waist line; and overhand pass, where it is handled with the fingertips, like a hand set, above the head.

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Common shots used in beach volleyball include: roll shots, in which the attacker puts a lot of topspin on the ball so that it has an arcing trajectory that will go over the block then drop quickly; cut shots, in which the shot crosses the net at sharp angles; pokeys, in which the ball is contacted with the attacking player's knuckles; and dinks, in which the ball is directed very softly low over the net.

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Men and women's beach volleyball has been contested in the Summer Olympics since 1996.

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NCAA beach volleyball program has had an impact outside the collegiate scene.

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Beach volleyball is a men's and women's championship sport in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines .

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Beach volleyball culture includes the people, language, fashion, and life surrounding the sport of modern beach volleyball.

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