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10 reasons to play volleyball

By Rodrigo Gomes & Olivia Buckley, 01/21/17, 3:30PM EST

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Why would you choose volleyball over other sports?

Sports are an extremely beneficial activity for children in America. They promote a healthy lifestyle, teach positive life lessons, and are a huge passion for millions of people. Choosing one sport among the many available can be a tough task for parents and young athletes alike. Here are the ten reasons you should choose volleyball.

1- Volleyball is a team sport

Unlike individual sports including tennis, gymnastics, and martial arts, volleyball is a team sport, where cooperation and teamwork are paramount. These teams are composed of either 2 players in beach volleyball, or 6 players in indoor volleyball. Players depend on one another to score points and win games.

2- It is played indoors

Have you ever been to a sporting event under the blistering sun or in the freezing cold? Sometimes weather can make sports less enjoyable. Volleyball is usually played in indoor facilities with climate control, making it a more predictable and consistent experience. No need to bring both a jacket and a bathing suit to a volleyball facility!

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3- Volleyball never ends in a tie!

Having a game end in a tie can be frustrating for all parties involved. This does not happen in volleyball. At least one point is scored every other minute. An average volleyball match lasts for an hour, with plenty of scored points to celebrate.

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4- It is a unique sport without lots of running

If you are one of those people that don’t like running long distances or for long periods of time, volleyball is the sport for you. Volleyball involves a multitude of fast paced, dynamic movements including jumping, diving, and shuffling. The main focus of the game is to develop fast, explosive movements versus long distance running.

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5- It is extremely involved and interesting for players and parents alike.

Volleyball is by no means a boring sport. In a volleyball game, every player on the court is constantly involved and getting touches on the ball. Volleyball has fast sequences like “Pass, set, hit and block.” All of these things happen in about a minute, and each player needs to be ready to contribute so their team can score a point.

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6- Beach Volleyball!

Interested in a sport that you can watch on the beach while also getting some sun? That’s sand volleyball for you, and it is currently the fastest growing NCAA sport in the nation. Even though indoor and beach volleyball are two different sports, most of the indoor volleyball skills transfer to beach, making it a perfect gateway to beach volleyball.

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7- Volleyball tournaments are massive, exciting events

Indoor volleyball tournaments are huge events. The AAU National Championships in Orlando, Florida is the largest volleyball event in the world, as designated by the Guinness Book of World Records. Hundreds of teams travel around the country and even the world to play against each other in lively matches. Convention centers hold hundreds of courts where volleyball games are constantly taking place in every direction.

8- Volleyball is a non-contact sport

With the growing rate of concussion injuries in contact sports, volleyball has become the place to go for parents and children concerned about future head injuries. While the occasional injuries still occur, you won’t see as many collisions and more serious injuries are more avoidable.

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9- It helps teach valuable lessons and character traits

Volleyball helps teach important lessons in perseverance, teamwork, and selflessness. Volleyball helps prepare children to move on to the next stage in their life, whether that be high school volleyball, college, or the work force. It has a large community and can create a network of people with whom to work and form lasting friendships.

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10- It is fun to play and watch!

Volleyball is an extremely fun sport! During the Olympics, both beach and indoor volleyball are the sports to watch. One can play volleyball at all ages and skill levels. Volleyball tickets for the Rio Olympic Games actually sold out first amongst all other events!

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