Young athletes flocking to the sport
Volleyball is an Olympic sport and very popular in Upstate. The rules are straightforward. Volleyball is played by two teams of six players on a court divided by a net. When the receiving team wins a volley, it gains the right to serve, and the players rotate one position clockwise. When the serving team wins a volley, it wins a point and the right to continue serving. The ball must clear the net on a serve. The game continues, with the first team to score 25 points by a two-point margin awarded the set. Matches are best-of-five sets and the fifth set, if necessary, is usually played to 15 points.
Volleyball is played outdoors throught out the state in the summer and indoors during the colder months.
Young athletes are flocking to volleyball, not basketball, in record numbers, according to ESPN. It is the NCAA's fastest growing sport. Much of the sport's success is due to the simple fact that volleyball is fun, and college opportunities are plentiful. The NCAA recognizes 334 volleyball teams and beach volleyball was fully sanctioned in 2015-16. Fans have also discovered it and game attendance at New York colleges is on the rise.
The USA has several professional volleyball tours which play nationally and in New York.