The much talked about Beach Volleyball which was supposed to have started last month would finally start on March 28th 2009.
The head coach of the association Mohamed Vangahun also disclosed that Beach Volleyball is an Olympic discipline played outdoors, barefoot on a sand court with a ball, by teams of two players divided by a net.
The object of the game is to send the ball over the net in order to ground it on the opponents court, and to prevent the same effort by the opponent.
The team has three hits for returning the ball (including the block touch) and the ball is put in play with a service hit by the server over the net to the opponents. The rally continues until the ball is grounded on playing court goes ‘out’ or a team fails to return it properly.
Coach Vangahun said that the match is won by the team that wins two sets. The team winning a rally, gains a point and the right to serve the serving player must be alternated every time this occurs.
He also stated that the case of a 20-20 tie play is continued until a two-point lead is reached (22-20,23-21 etc) and in case of a 1-1 tie, the deciding set (the 3rd) is played with a minimum lead of 2 points.
He also mentioned that there are many similarities between the rules of the beach volleyball and the volleyball. In beach Volleyball, there are only 2 players no more no less. So the two players in each team must participate in the game from the beginning to the end.
No player of the beach ball may stand in any positions of their own court so there is no positional fault.
Coach Vangahun also mentioned that in beach ball it is a fault if a player completes an attack-hit using an open-handed tip or dink’ directing the ball with the fingers however, it is allowed to hit the ball by the finger tip or the finger joint.
He also disclosed that in beach volleyball match it is a fault if the players complete the attack hit when the tracks the over-arm pass are not vertical with the connection line of the two shoulders.
Any injured player is given a maximum of 5 minutes recovery time for a match and also in beach ball, the teams switch after every 7 points (Set1 and 2) and 5 points (Set 3) played while in the beach ball, each team is entitled to a maximum of one time out per set. In sets1and 2, one additional 30 second Technical Timeout is automatically allocated when the sum of the points scored by the teams equal 21 points.
For this all important competition the players are undergoing intensive training as all the teams want to win this year’s beach ball competition.
This year beach Volleyball competition is going to be one of the best organized by the association as they have put everything in place to make the competition a success. Coach Vangahun also disclosed that before the start of the competition they are going to meet with the press to give them up date of the competition before the competition starts.