Volleyball is an immensely popular physical sport in which two teams, of six players each, compete against each other, with each team trying to get higher points by grounding( making the ball touch the ground) the ball on the other team’s side within the rules and regulations of the game.
Originated in 1895 by William G. Morgan, this game has gained worldwide popularity and is currently played in two ways – Indoor volleyball and outdoor volleyball.
What is Indoor Volleyball and Outdoor volleyball
As the name implies, Indoor volleyball is played ‘indoors’ – ie, on hardwood floor or concrete floor or artificial grass or synthetic rubber floor, usually inside a closed( with the roof covered) stadium or special volleyball courts. On the other hand, outdoor volleyball is played out in the open on muddy grounds, on beaches or any other natural terrain.
Other significant differences between Indoor and Outdoor volleyball
Other differences between them are-
- Court sizes – Indoor courts are bigger (18m x 9m) than outdoor courts (16m x 8m), this is done to reduce fatigue on players since it is much harder to move on a natural floor (such as sand) than on a smooth artificial floor.
- Presence of parallel attack line – In indoor volleyball a parallel attack line is present at 3m from the centerline of the court while in outdoor volleyball no such line is present
- The volleyball itself –. Since indoor volleyball relies heavily on powerful hits than on the speed of the players, thus indoor volleyballs are made upof leather and are heavier than outdoor volleyball so they can sustain the hits. On the other hand, beach balls are lighter (thus stay longer in the air) allowing the seasoned players to use the environment (such as winds, dampness of the ground) to their advantage
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