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The Beach Volleyball Rulebook and Where to Play in the Triangle

(The Triangle Trend) — Looking for some fun on the sand with friends that doesn’t involve a beach day trip and lots of gas money? You’re in luck. Even if you’re terrible at volleyball, there’s no way you won’t enjoy yourself when it comes to playing beach volleyball with the right people.

Beach volleyball is great even in chilly weather, as it’s a fantastic workout and bonding activity for players of all skill levels and ages. But you’ve probably already figured that out. What may require a bit more explanation though, is the rules surrounding this sand-filled game.

Although there’s beauty in its lack of structure, there’s more beauty in you actually knowing what you’re doing or at least what you should be doing.

First things first, you need to know the layout of this game. Beach volleyball should consist of only two players on each side. But this is one rule that you’ll probably have more fun with when you break it. The court itself is 16×8 meters, which is smaller than a regulation size indoor volleyball court.

The biggest difference between indoor and beach volleyball is—you guessed it—the court floor. According to US Sports Camp, due to the fact that beach volleyball is played on sand, movements are slower and vertical jump height is shorter. Sand can be difficult to move on, which can cause you to become tired more easily. Running on the beach, practicing smaller steps, and moving laterally on the sand as much as possible will help you build your endurance outside of practice; and trust us, you’ll need it.

In beach volleyball there are no specialized positions, as once again, there are only two people on each side of the net. So each person needs to be able to block, set, dig, and hit at any time. When the receiving team wins a point they gain the right to serve. The serving player must be alternated every time this occurs.

As for the basic rules of beach volleyball, you’re looking at pretty much the same gist as indoor volleyball: only three touches to return the ball, and any ball hitting the ground will constitute in a point. A match consists of three sets, in which the first two sets are played to 21 points, and the last set is played to 15 points. After every seven points in a set the teams will switch sides of the court. To win the match, a team must win two sets. The last set, known as the tiebreaker, can only be won with two points difference.

But enough about the logistics behind this beachy game. Here’s where to assemble your team around the Triangle.

RTP Volleyball League South Sand Courts

27709 Louis Stephens Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560

You can look forward to well-kept courts at this park, but you may want to come with some sand socks on hand since the sand is known to be coarse. Expect to chase balls a bit as there’s not much for barriers beyond the courts. You may want to come earlier rather than later since there are no lights near the courts, unless you’re looking for a game of night volleyball. But all in all, this is the best beach volleyball experience you’ll find in Morrisville.

Southern Sand Volleyball

6175 Old Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27523

With good sand and educational volleyball programs throughout the year, Southern Sand is definitely a safe bet for a great game of beach volleyball. Courts and net systems are always in top condition. There’s a hose for cleaning up after play and lights for evening games. However, bear in mind that to play here you’ll need to pay for a League membership or seasonal Club pass. You can view their beach club program prices and info here.

Jaycee Park

2405 Wade Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607

This park features an admin building, separate restrooms for park patrons, old and new playgrounds, tennis courts, five sand volleyball courts, and three baseball fields, making this a wonderful place to bring the whole family! The nature park area is also nice, with lots of cool plants to look at, a cute gazebo, and a bridge that leads back to the playground. It’s quiet, clean, has lots of parking, and is very spacious. There’s not much more to ask for.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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