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Volleyball is a team sport that requires players to hit a ball back and forth over a net until one team scores a point by grounding the ball on the other team’s side. In traditional volleyball, six players on each team face each other with a net between them. One player serves the ball over the net into the opposing team’s space, and that team must get the ball back over the net without letting it touch the ground.
Players may not catch and release the ball; they may only strike or push it by hitting it with their arms, hands or fingers. The ball may only be struck three times by different players on one side of the net before it goes back over the net to the other court. If a team lets the ball hit the floor on its court, strikes the ball into the net or shoots the ball out of bounds on the other team’s side, the opposing team wins a point.
Volleyball originated in 1895 in Massachusetts when YMCA director William Morgan came up with a game that wasn’t as rough as basketball but could still let even older players get some exercise. Initially there was no set number of players, and the ball could be struck by any number of participants before being sent to the opponent’s court. The game was originally called mintonette but became referred to as volleyball when an observer remarked about the volleying that took place during the match.
Beach volleyball is a version of the game that is played on a sand court with two teams of two players each. It started in Hawaii and became the official outdoor version of the sport. Beach volleyball began with more players and is still played recreationally with up to six players per team, but professional beach volleyball always restricts teams to two players.
The History of Volleyball
William G. Morgan created the game of volleyball, originally called “mintonette,” in 1859. Four years earlier, one of his friends invented the game of basketball. However, Morgan saw the need for a game that did not require a fast pace as basketball did. He wanted a game that the average person would be able to enjoy. The game he created was a combination of baseball, basketball, tennis and handball.
The first to play volleyball was a group of workers from the Holyoke, Massachusetts YMCA. They borrowed a tennis net and raised it to a height of 6 feet 6 inches, which was a little higher than the average person’s head. As time went on, the net was set higher to make the game more challenging. While watching a demonstration game, someone noted that the players were volleying the ball back and forth across the net. Thus, “volleyball” became the name of the game, and Morgan agreed that it was a more appropriate name than mintonette.
As time passed, the game of volleyball reached Asia and Japan through the YMCA network. It later spread to the Philippines, where, in 1916, players demonstrated the offensive styles of spiking and setting. With more teams playing the game, it became necessary to create rules of play. This led to the creation of the United States Volleyball Association.
The increased popularity of the sport brought about the founding of the Federation Internationale de Volley-Ball in 1947. The game now appealed to all ages and both high schools and colleges offered their students the opportunity to play. In 1957, volleyball was designated an Olympic team sport, and was first played in the 1964 Olympics.
In the 1940s, along the California coast, players created a new version of the game. Here, teams of two or four people played volleyball in the sand. The Olympic Committee added this sport, Beach Volleyball, to the Olympics Games in 1996.
Many who watch the powerful game of volleyball today would not recognize it as the game designed for middle-aged men as a less strenuous form of exercise. Approximately 800 million athletes worldwide play the game each week, including more than 46 million Americans. Volleyball is now 120 years old.
The Top 10 Volleyball Teams Worldwide
Brazil kept the top spot for 2015. The team won the World League nine times, the World Championship three times and also won two Olympic gold medals.
Poland climbed up the list to number two. The team won two World Championship titles, one gold Olympic medal and one World League competition.
Russia won four Olympic games, three World League competitions, six World Championships and thirteen European Championships.
Italy moved up a spot to take fourth. The team won six European Championship competitions, three World Championships, eight World League competitions and one World Cup.
5. United States
The USA ranked fifth with a total of 245 points and won two World Championships. They also won three Olympic gold medals.
Argentina managed to stay in the top ten throughout most of the 1990s and 2000s. They won two Olympic gold medals and several bronze medals.
The country’s team won several medals at the World Championship and Olympic games. They also kept spots in the top three for many European Championship competitions.
Although this team did not make many worldwide appearances until the 2000s, they have been quickly moving up the ranks. They won fourth or third place in several worldwide and Asian competitions in recent years.
With 135 points, Germany took ninth on the list. They won a gold and bronze medal at separate World Championship competitions. Germany also took first place at the 2015 European Games.
Canada moved up to tenth with a total of 131 points. They placed third in the Pan-American Games three times and placed fourth in the Olympic games once.
Volleyball Betting Tips
Volleyball may not be viewed as a sport that normally attracts betting activity, but the fact is that volleyball is truly a competitive sport full of talented individuals who lend their skills to the game. Winning a volleyball bet is a matter of understanding how betting on the game works and knowing where to get the most up-to-date tips.
There are five primary formats for volleyball betting. These include:
• 1×2 betting: Basic betting that occurs when a person places a bet on one team in a volleyball match.
• Volleyball futures: Betting on the performance of one team before the season begins.
• Volleyball total sets: Placing a bet based on the predictions of a sports betting company. People are able to place bets that the sets in a match will fall short of or exceed the prediction.
• Volleyball sets handicap: When one team in a match is believed to be superior to the other team, the team with poor predictions will have a handicap added their score to account for the difference in performance ability.
• Volleyball first set: Betting on which team will win the first set in a volleyball match.
Volleyball is played across a wide range of venues and in many different countries. Some events on which people can place a bet include World League Volleyball, World Cup Volleyball, Olympic Volleyball and World Grand Prix Volleyball. Bets can also be made on games played within the U.S.
For people who are interested in betting on volleyball without closely following teams and players, volleyball tips are intended to help guide betters to teams and players that are expected to perform well. Tips about poor performance can also be found. The most important thing to remember when reading volleyball tips is to consider the validity of the source.
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