Have You Tried
These Volleyball Games? Have You Heard of Sepak Takraw?
Most people are familiar with traditional volleyball games played
indoors and out, but typical two-, three- and six-man events aren’t the
only options out there. When something a little more unique is desired
in regard to style of play, the following volleyball-like games deliver
some cool alternatives.
The following are some of the more unusual, but fun volleyball games:
"Volleyball with Alllowance to Catch the Ball"
Newcomb – Also known as “Nuke ‘em” this is a variation on traditional
volleyball and is designed to help newcomers get used to the
sport. The big difference from standard play is found in this
variation’s allowance of catching the ball before passing or even
lobbing over the net. Plus, serves and passes are thrown, not hit. The
number of players can vary.
Takraw - "Volleyball with Feet, No Hands Allowed"
Sepak Takraw – This Asian variation has four big deviations
standard volleyball. They include outlawing the use of the
no rotation in defensive positions; feet must be used to get balls over
the net and keep them in play; and scores can come if a ball touches
the net prior to hitting the court.
Volleyball - "Extremely fast game, which requires great ball
Sitting Volleyball – This variation on the game was created in 1956 in
the Netherlands as a way to get disabled people more active in the
sport. Played on a smaller-than-standard court, this version requires
that players have at least one side of their buttocks or torso in
contact with the floor when they are hitting or attacking the ball. The
game was initially created for people with amputations, polio and other
limitations. It is, however, a favorite of able-bodied players, as
well, because of its fast-pace and difficulty.
Volleyball - "You can't see the opponent, since the net is
Blind volleyball – In this spin on the game, the advantage taller
players have is largely removed thanks to a covering over the net that
makes seeing the opposing team impossible. In some cases, the game is
played with a tarp stretched between the teams, rather than a net at
all. The rules of the game remain largely the same, except overhand
serves and spikes are outlawed.
Volleyball - "Nine-man games were played in the early years of
volleyball – Volleyball games of this type came into vogue in China
during the 1920s when Americans brought the game to the country. This
version calls for a larger court of 10 by 20 meters. The game’s
popularity continues today. It even boasts its own tournament in the
North American Chinese Invitational event held annually.
- "A hybrid of beach volleyball and soccer"
Footvolley – Blending the best of beach volleyball with
this hybrid sport doesn’t allow players to come into contact with the
ball using their hands or arms. Any other body part, including the
feet, is allowed. Footvolley got its start in Brazil, but has since
spread as a popular variation around the world.
Volleyball - "Volleyball with a soft ball"
Soft volleyball – Volleyball games of this nature are meant for
beginners. Rather than use a harder ball, this style of play calls for
a rubber ball that can absorb some of the impact. This style calls for
four players rather than six.
Try some of the volleyball
games above as a warm up or fun addition to your volleyball practice.
When a different style of play is desired, variations on the game can
mix things up for a lot of fun. Be safe with Sepak Takraw :-)