Beach volleyball rules. The match starts with a serve: A partida inicia com um saque.

What’s up people? In our Dica today, we will talk about the beach volleyball rules. Let’s take a look:

What is beach volley?

Beach volley is a very common sport practiced on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. It is a sport for doubles, different to regular volleyball games which can have up to six players. Have you ever played it? It is common in your country?

What are the beach volley rules?

To play beach volley, first you need to check if the beach has posts to set up the net. The net must be well put up and pulled tightly. Each side of the net is called a court, and each court must have two players. The match starts with a serve, which is when a player hits the ball for the first time. Each team can touch the ball a maximum of three times before passing the ball over the net into the opponent’s court. Also related to scoring, beach volleyball differs from conventional volleyball, as any team can score and it doesn’t matter which of them served.

The objective is to hit the ball over the net, with the goal of getting it to fall on the ground of the opponent’s court. In order to achieve this, the team needs a good offense, which we call spike. The best offense or attack is usually comprised of three touches: the bump, the set and the spike. If the opponent makes a good defensive move, without dropping the ball, we call it a block. The block counts as one of the three touches on the ball. Seems a lot of fun, right?

Winning the match

Usually, beach volley matches are a twenty one point game to close a set. To win, it is necessary for the team to have a two point advantage over their opponents. In the case of a team scoring twenty one points, while the other team has twenty, the game continues until the two point difference is achieved. In the case of a tie with one set each, a third set will be played, and the team who scores fifteen points wins.

That’s all friends! Now we know the beach volleyball rules. Ready to play? In our classes we take you to the beach where you can learn a lot while enjoying the sun and getting a tan!

Vocabulary for beach volley 

Take a look at some important words that we used during this Dica.

Jogadores Players
Mastros Posts
Rede Net
Campo Court
Partida Match
Saque Serve
Bola Ball
Time Team
Adversário Opponent
Toque Touch
Ataque Offense / Attack
Corte Spike
Defesa Defensive move
Bloqueio Block
Pontos Points
Set Set
Vencer Win
Empate Tie / Draw

Did you know that the first world championship beach volley was here, in Copacabana (also where our school is), in 1987?
And did you know that the beach volley matches during the 2016 Olympic Games were also here?

What about coming to practice beach volley in Rio de Janeiro with us at the school? Or better yet, at the beach, at one of our RioLIVE! Activities? Check out our students playing volleyball here.

Exercise about beach volleyball rules

With the vocabulary you’ve just learned about beach volleyball rules, complete this text:

Hoje assisti a uma partida de beach volley e foi muito interessante. Os ________ jogavam a ________ por cima da ________ com muita rapidez. Quando a bola ia até o outro lado do ________ um dos jogadores sempre tentava bloquear. A ________ realmente foi muito boa! Da próxima vez que eu for assistir uma partida, não ficarei só assistindo, eu pegarei a ________ para jogar contra o time ________ . Fiquei muito animada e agora quero jogar!

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Answer

Hoje assisti a uma partida de beach volley e foi muito interessante. Os jogadores jogavam a bola por cima da rede com muita rapidez. Quando a bola ia até o outro lado do campo um dos jogadores sempre tentava bloquear. A partida realmente foi muito boa! Da próxima vez que eu for assistir uma partida, não ficarei só assistindo, pegarei a bola para jogar contra o time adversário. Fiquei muito animada e agora quero jogar!

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