Volleyball is a team sport in which players use their hands to hit a volleyball over the net in an attempt to land the ball on the opponent’s ground. Each team of six players has a maximum of three consecutive touches, a rally, to attempt to return the ball across the net. Points are scored when a team makes a kill by grounding the ball on the opponent’s side or if a player makes a fault or foul. Common strategies used in volleyball are spiking and blocking the ball at the net which both highlight a player’s height and vertical abilities. Volleyball is played on both indoor courts and beach courts that are both sanctioned as official Olympic variants of the sport.

Who invented volleyball?

Volleyball was invented by William G. Morgan in 1895 as a game that conceptually combined various aspects of tennis, badminton, basketball, baseball, and handball. The original name for volleyball was ‘mintonette’ which was a spin-off of the name badminton.

How many players are on a volleyball team?


Volleyball teams consist of six players on the court at any one time with a maximum of twelve total players listed on the roster. Beach volleyball is played with teams of two.

How long is a volleyball game?

The average volleyball game lasts between 60-90 minutes with each individual game lasting roughly 20-25 minutes. Volleyball is not timed and a game is only completed when a team has won three games out of five possible games.

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6’4” | 1.93 m
February 12, 1991
Earvin N’Gapeth
193.000
1991.00
11000
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Earvin N’Gapeth
6’6” | 1.98 m
August 25, 1989
Facundo Conte
198.000
1989.00
4100
3D
Facundo Conte
6’.5” | 1.84 m
January 10, 1979
Francesca Piccinini
184.000
1979.00
22000
3D
Francesca Piccinini
6’3” | 1.91 m
January 6, 1970
Gabrielle Reece
191.000
1970.00
96000
3D
Gabrielle Reece
6’8” | 2.03 m
October 2, 1988
Ivan Zaytsev
203.000
1988.00
27000
3D
Ivan Zaytsev
6’1” | 1.85 m
December 31, 1983
Jaqueline Carvalho
185.000
1983.00
13000
3D
Jaqueline Carvalho
8.15”-8.39” | 20.7-21.3 cm (Diameter)
9-10 oz | 260-280 g
Volleyball
21.300
0.280
5800
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VolleyballPerspective view of a 3D model of a VolleyballPerspective view of a 3D model of a Volleyball
Volleyball Attack
5250
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Volleyball Attack
Volleyball Block
1500
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Volleyball Block
Volleyball Bump
30
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Volleyball Bump
29.5' | 9 m
59’ | 18 m
1,743 ft2 | 161 m2
Volleyball Court
900.000
1800.000
161.00
37000
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Volleyball CourtView of a Volleyball Court in 3D available for downloadView of a Volleyball Court in 3D available for download
Volleyball Dig
1600
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Volleyball Dig
Volleyball Dive
200
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Volleyball Dive
Volleyball Jump Serve
350
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Volleyball Jump Serve
7’4.35"-7’ 11.7” | 2.24-2.43 m
36’ | 10.97 m (Total)
.16" | 4 mm
Volleyball Net
243.000
1097.000
0.400
20000
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Volleyball Net3D model of a Volleyball Net viewed in perspective3D model of a Volleyball Net viewed in perspective
Volleyball Set
3400
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Volleyball Set
Volleyball Underhand Serve
300
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Volleyball Underhand Serve
Volleyball Dive

A Volleyball Dive is a type of a dig, where the object of the skill is to prevent the ball from touching the court while it is coming from a downward trajectory. It is performed when a player throws their body in the air with a forward movement in an attempt to save the ball and land it on a part of their body. It can be thought of as a technique to control how to fall on the floor while still playing the ball. The player should dive with their head up and eyes on the ball.

Set of illustrations of the Volleyball Dive performed by various male players
A Volleyball Dive is a type of a Dig, where the object of the skill is to prevent the ball from touching the court while it is coming from a downward trajectory. It is performed when a player throws their body in the air with a forward movement in an attempt to save the ball with their body.

Set of illustrations of the Volleyball Dive performed by various male players
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Skill Type: Defensive

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Facundo Conte
Scaled height comparison drawings of Facundo Conte compared to other volleyball players

Facundo Conte, born August 25, 1989, is an Argentine volleyball player. He is a member of the Argentina Men’s National Volleyball Team and Brazilian club Sada Cruzeiro. He participated in the London Olympic Games in 2012, was the gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games, and was the silver medalist at the 2011 South American Championship. Conte was a part of the Skra Belchatow team that won the Polish Championship in 2014 and the Shanghai Golden Age team that won the Chinese Championship in 2017 and 2018. Conte plays as an outside hitter.

Facundo Conte has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Set of illustrations of Facundo Conte in various volleyball poses measured with overall height
Facundo Conte, born August 25, 1989, is an Argentine volleyball player. He is a member of the Argentina Men’s National Volleyball Team and Brazilian club Sada Cruzeiro. He participated in the London Olympic Games in 2012, and was the gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Facundo Conte has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Set of illustrations of Facundo Conte in various volleyball poses measured with overall height
Facundo Conte
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Nationality: Argentina

Years Active: 2005—

Birthday
August 25, 1989

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Volleyball Block

A Volleyball Block is aimed to completely stop an attack, making the ball stay in the opponent’s court. This is called offensive, and a well-executed offensive block is done by jumping and reaching with the arms and hands over the net and into the opposing side’s court. This requires anticipating the direction the ball will go once the attack takes place. A defensive or “soft” Block is performed if the goal is to control and deflect the ball up so that it slows down and becomes easier to defend. In a Soft-Block the hands do not enter the opposing side’s court.

Series of elevation drawings of the Volleyball Block performed by assorted volleyball players
A Volleyball Block is aimed to completely stop an attack, making the ball stay in the opponent’s court. This is called offensive, and a well-executed offensive block is done by jumping and reaching with the arms and hands over the net and into the opposing side’s court.

Series of elevation drawings of the Volleyball Block performed by assorted volleyball players
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Skill Type: Defensive

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Volleyball Court

Volleyball Courts are flat horizontal playing surfaces sized for the game of volleyball. Indoor volleyball court surfaces are required to be made of resilient wood flooring or poured with a synthetic urethane. The size of an indoor volleyball court is the same as an outdoor court.

Volleyball courts are regulated at 59’ (18 m) in length with a width of 29.5' (9 m). Attack lines dividing the front and back rows are marked 9’10” (3 m) parallel to the net. Free zones at a minimum of 9’10” (3 m) are required around the entirety of the court with generous clearances up to 16’5” (5 m) on the sides and 21’4” (6.5 m) in the back.

Dimensioned drawing of a regulation volleyball court illustrating measurements and sizes of play
Volleyball Courts are flat horizontal playing surfaces sized for the game of volleyball. Indoor volleyball court surfaces are required to be made of resilient wood flooring or poured with a synthetic urethane. The size of an indoor volleyball court is the same as an outdoor court.

Volleyball courts are regulated at 59’ (18 m) in length with a width of 29.5' (9 m). Attack lines dividing the front and back rows are marked 9’10” (3 m) parallel to the net. Free zones at a minimum of 9’10” (3 m) are required around the entirety of the court with generous clearances up to 16’5” (5 m) on the sides and 21’4” (6.5 m) in the back.

Dimensioned drawing of a regulation volleyball court illustrating measurements and sizes of play
Volleyball Court
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1,743 ft2 | 161 m2

Attack Line: 9’10” (10’) | 3 m from net
Playing Area: 1,743 ft2 | 161 m2
Free Zone | Clearance (Back): 9’10”-21’4” | 3-6.5 m
Free Zone | Clearance (Side): 9’10”-16’5” | 3-5 m
Area with Clearances (Minimum): 3,875 ft2 | 360 m2
Area with Clearances (Large):
6,340 ft2 | 589 m2
Material (Indoor): Wood, synthetic urethane, rubber, vinyl

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Francesca Piccinini
Group of scaled height illustrations of various volleyball players compared to Francesca Piccinini

Francesca Piccinini, born January 10, 1979, is an Italian volleyball player. She has represented Italy four times in the Summer Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012). Piccinini was a member of the Women’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany. While playing professionally with the Italian club Volley Bergamo, she was awarded the “Most Valuable Player” title after the team won the 2009-10 CEV Indesit Champions League Title. She received this title again in 2016 while playing with Pomi Casalmaggiore for the DenizBank Champions League. She currently plays for the Futura Volley Busto Arsizio as a Wing Spiker.

Francesca Piccinini has a height of 6’ 1/2” (1.84 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Francesca Piccinini in volleyball positions measured with overall height
Francesca Piccinini, born January 10, 1979, is an Italian volleyball player. She has represented Italy four times in the Summer Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012). Piccinini was a member of the Women’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany.

Francesca Piccinini has a height of 6’ 1/2” (1.84 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Francesca Piccinini in volleyball positions measured with overall height
Francesca Piccinini
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Nationality: Italy

Years Active: 1995—

Birthday
January 10, 1979

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Francesca Piccinini standing, jumping, passing

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