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The Game, Rules and History

Depending on what league is playing, the specific rules will vary, but in general, these are the basics:

An indoor court measures 18 x 9 meters and a sand court is 16 x 8 meters.

The net height for a men's game is 2.43 meters and for women's 2.24 meters.

The ball should be 65-67 centimeters around, weigh 260-280 grams with an inside pressure of .30-.325 kg/cm square.

Each team takes a turn to serve the ball by hitting it over- or under-armed and the object is to throw the ball over the net. Once it reaches your team's side of the net, it is your job to make sure it stays in play until it is on the opposing side's net. The team which drops the ball on their side makes the other team score a point.

Both teams have 6 players who must rotate each time their team wins.

Volleyball was invented in 1895 in Massachusetts by William Morgan and was originally called mintonette.