Beach Volleyball Training – Why Change Sides Mid-Game?

This article is to fill you in on some beach volleyball tips, mainly why players switch sides mid-game. Have you ever watched beach volleyball on t.v. and wonder why the teams were switching sides in the middle of the game?

Beach volleyball is a completely different game than indoor 6 on 6 volleyball. One obvious difference is the fact that it is played outside in the elements. So you have many other factors to consider such as wind and sun. These are the 2 main reasons that teams switch sides on multiple of 7 in the middle of games. One side will always have an advantage over the other side because the sun will be in one teams eyes or the wind will be in favor of one side more than the other. So to eliminate these advantages or disadvantages teams switch sides when the sum of both teams points add up to 7 or multiples of seven.

For example, when the score is 8 to 6 the teams will switch sides. Or if the score is 14 to 14 or even 14 to 0 they will switch sides to keep everything fair.

That’s not the only difference from indoor to outdoor volleyball, the whole game is different as far as rules go. For example in beach volleyball you can’t open hand tip, set the serve, side set over the net or have sloppy looking sets. Everything must be clean and the set should not spin. That is why they allow you to hold the ball a little longer in sand volleyball because they want it to come out clean.

Priya Harrison

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