Volleyball is played by two teams of six players each on the court. In total 12 athletes per team, including the Libero. The match starts when the serve is done, and the ball goes over the net to the opposite side of the court.

The game allows three touches or passed of the ball not counting blocks, before sending it to the opposite court. Players need a lot of training, develop skills, strength and power with lots of energy during the game, and a huge reaction ability since the ball can reach speeds of up to 130 km/h.

History of this sport

Initially, volleyball was intended to be a sport similar to basketball, but less aggressive.

It expanded globally when the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) was created in 1947. The first World Championship for men took place the following year, while the first for women was in 1952.

Volleyball, both men's and women's, became an official Olympic sport at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

In the case of the Pan American Games, both branches were included in the program earlier, specifically at the 1955 Mexico City Games. The Pan American leader is Cuba with 13 gold medals.

In the picture, a male volleyball player suspended in the air about to hit the ball.

How do you compete?

It is played to the best of five sets. To win a set, teams have to score 25 points with a difference of at least two points. If this is not the case, they will continue playing until they reach this difference without limit. In case of reaching two sets tied, the fifth set is played at 15 points with a difference of two and also without limit.

Over time, substantial changes have been introduced in volleyball seeking to be a more attractive game. In 1998, the figure of the libero player was introduced. They wear a uniform of a different color from that of his teammates. Also, she/he cannot serve, block, or spike, so they are only defensive.


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Information for the community

Santiago is full of parks that are perfect for practicing outdoor sports, especially volleyball. We can find from the popular Metropolitano Park, located on the San Cristobal hill, to the little known Familia Park in Quinta Normal.

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