Get ready to bump, set and spike! Kidzworld checks out the rules, history and the fun facts of the game of volleyball.
Volleyball is one of the world's most popular sports and is played by more than 800 million people on the planet at least once a week. The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a teacher at a YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He combined parts of tennis, baseball, basketball and handball to create a new game to be played indoors by people who wanted less physical contact than basketball. Morgan borrowed the net from tennis and raised it six feet, six inches above the floor, a little higher than an average man's head.
When volleyball was first invented, it was much different from the game today. You could have as many players as you wanted on each team. There were nine innings per game, with three outs per innning. There was also no limit on the number of hits of the ball on each side of the court. Here are the basic rules of volleyball today.
- Volleyball is played by two teams of six players on a court divided by a net.
- The object of the game is to send the ball over the net so that the opposing team cannot return the ball or prevent it from hitting the ground in their court.
- Each team has three hits to attempt to return the ball.
- The ball is put in play by a serve that is hit by the server over the net to the opponent.
- When the receiving team wins a volley, it gains the right to serve, and the players rotate one position clockwise.
- When the serving team wins a volley, it wins a point and the right to continue serving.
- The ball must clear the net on a serve.
- A game is played to 21 points or some other agreed upon number. The team that wins the best two out of three games wins the match.
Terms and Lingo
- Ace - When the ball is served to the other team and no one touches it.
- Sideout - When the team that served the ball makes a mistake, causing the ball to go to the other team.
- Roof - When a player jumps above the height of the net and blocks the ball.
- Dig - When a player makes a save from a very difficult spike.
- Kill - When a team spikes the ball and it ends in either a point or a sideout.
- Beach volleyball was made an Olympic event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
- Volleyball was called mintonette at first but it was later changed to volleyball, to describe the way players volley the ball back and forth over the net.
- The lethal combination of setting the ball for another player to spike it hard to the other side was invented in the Philippines. This tactic was originally called the Philippino Bomb.
Volleyball is a fun sport that is easy to learn and can be played in a gym, at the beach, or on grass. Playing volleyball will help improve your cardio, flexibility, balance and coordination. Most schools have a volleyball team or you can also find leagues for kids at your local community center. If you're not into joining a team, you can just grab a volleyball and a few friends and play your own game.
Basketball and Volleyball
Basketball and volleyball have three differences.The first difference is the courts. There is a net in middle of a volleyball court, but there is nothing blocking a basketball court. And volleyball players have to stay on their own side. But basketball players can run up and down the entire court freely.
The second difference is the size of the ball and how hard it is. Volleyballs are made of leather. Basketballs are made of synthetic rubber and have a lot of dents all over the surface.
The third difference is the rules. Volleyball players must not drop the ball. If they do, they will lose the point. Basketball players dribble the ball and shoot it at the hoop.
Basketball and Soccer
What is the difference between basketball and soccer? Both are ball games and team sports, yet there are several differences between them.
First, these two sports are different in the way they use the ball. In both sports, players dribble and shoot the ball. But basketball players dribble with their hands, while soccer players, except the goalkeeper, dribble with their feet.
The second difference is in the number of players. A basketball team has 5 players. A soccer team, on the other hand, has eleven. Thus it is only natural that a soccer field is larger than a basketball court.
The third difference is in the positions. Basketball has three kinds: guards, forwards, and centers. Soccer has four: a goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. The biggest difference is the specialization of players according to their position. Soccer players usually specialize in offense or defense, not both.
Football and Basketball
There are a lot of sports, many of them are team sports. My favorites are football and basketball. They have both similarities and differences, two of each.The first similarity is the purpose of the competition. It is not only to win points. The purpose is to communicate with your opponents and cooperate with your teammates.
The second similarity is the number of people who can play on a team. And one more similarity is that both games are played indoors. Only five people can play at the same time. Players need to pass the ball to their teammates to score points. So it is a little harder than outdoor sports.
The first difference is the content of the sports. Football players shoot the ball with their feet. But basketball players shoot with their hands. It�s a big difference, but it�s an important one.
The second difference is the goals. Football has a rectangular goal with a net, located on the floor. But the goal in basketball is high above the floor. The players shoot the ball into it. That is the second difference.
In conclusion I have described some differences and some similarities. The differences are very natural, but also important. I assumed there are a few differences between football and basketball, so the similarities are more numerous than the differences. Which of these sports do you like? I like basketball. But the most important fact is that they are both popular.
Lacrosse and Soccer
Lacrosse and soccer have some things in common. The number of players is the same; they are both outdoor games; and both have goals. But, the goals have different shapes.
Lacrosse and soccer have some differences, too. Soccer players are not allowed to use their hands. Lacrosse players, on the other hand, use a stick. The size of the fields and the size of the ball are also different. Of course, the rules are also different.
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block, run, jump
must not hold, drop ball
use hands, feet, legs, head
individual, team sport
number of players
size and shape of court or field
open or divided
number of positions
offense and/or defense
fouls and penalties
change of player
possession of ball
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made of leather or rubber
how to score points
size of goal
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30,000 yen / 500 yen
thick glasses / nice eyes
|popular / unpopular|
hardworking / lazy
studious / wild
|deep||active / lazy|
kind / mean
generous / greedy
happy / unhappy
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encourages / bullies
cheerful greetings / complains
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job offers / unemployed
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the process (no koto)
An easy way to think about ''classification'' is to think about a school putting students into classes (groups of students). There are many students, but only a few classes (maybe 3-5). As you know from your many years of experience as students,
- (1) all students must be put in a class and
(2) no student should be put in two classes (no overlapping).
You might also imagine that when schools divide students into classes they like to avoid unbalanced classes sizes, particularly classes of only one or two students. If possible, they would move such students into one of the other classes.
A Classification Essay is a piece of writing that presents a way of dividing things (items rather than students) into classes. These things might be
- physical items: musical instruments, alcoholic drinks, or countries;
things that are not physical: power, ways of studying, emotions; OR
a combination of both--desires (things that people want).
The first two steps in writing a Classification Essay are to figure out (1) the topic--what kind of items to divide up and (2) how to divide the items.
In-class speed writing assignment
There are many examples (=items, like ''students'') of _________________ (=topic) ,
but only a few kinds (=classes).
Fill-in the blank. Then continue writing.
When deciding the topic and how to divide the items, you should keep in mind the last step--figuring out (3) what to write in your essay. It is best if you have based the division of items on a single principle, one which is
- (a) original, (b) useful, and/or (c) intellectually interesting.
Let's take countries as an example topic. There are about 200 countries. How could we divide them? by their first letters from A to Z. But ... such a division would be completely arbitrary. The classes would tell us nothing about the countries--nothing original, useful, or interesting--so there is nothing to write about.
We could divide them by location in the northern or southern hemispheres. That's a little more interesting, but still too obvious, almost trivial. Although we could point out that their seasons are reversed and try to explain how the classification would work for countries that are in both hemispheres, that would not be enough to make an essay interesting.
How about dividing countries by their political systems. That's much more complex. We have to think more deeply about each country. It's a little bit troublesome, perhaps, but much, much more interesting . And we'll have a much better essay when we're finished.
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Only after deciding the topic and how to divide the items are we ready to start writing. It would be nice to start off with an Introduction--a short paragraph that will introduce the topic and inform the readers how many classes we are going to divide the items into.
The bulk of the essay then will explain the principle we are using to divide the items. Usually there will be at least one paragraph (with at least 3 sentences in each) for each of the classes. Remember we are explaining the division of items--its complexity--the connections and, perhaps, interaction between the classes. This is NOT a personal essay. You should leave out all personal material and also any irrelevent details about the items themselves--details that have nothing to do with the division of items into classes.
Finally we'll want to end the essay smoothly by putting some final remarks into a short paragraph--a Conclusion.