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              Volleyball  Upstate   

                               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.

                  NCAA College Volleyball

New York colleges have very active volleyball programs for both men and women.  The top Division l colleges are SUNY Binghamton, University of Albany, Syracuse  University, Colgate College, Siena College and Cornell College..

Founded in 1998, the Binghamton University Women's Volleyball Club has provided those with a love for volleyball a chance to play throughout the entire year. The players hold practices, which makes it more of an intense experience. The club affords those who cannot dedicate the amount of time necessary for the varsity toenjoy the sport while still pursuing their academic goals.


            Beach Volleyball Lake George     

Lake George has a tradition of hosting major volleyball tournaments on Million Dollar Beach.  In 2017 the EVP Beach Volleyball Tour comes to Lake George for 3 days of intense volleyball competitions on the sand.  The EVP Tour has been hosting volleyball tournaments for over 25 years. They encourage athletes and family to participate in the competition or just enjoy a day on the beach.  The Queen of the Lakes tournament  featured Pro, amateur and junior teams competing at the Million Dollar Beach on Beach Road.  Fans, tourists and local residents had the chance to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions.

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                                                                                              Volleyball Basics

Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a high net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.  It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964.  Volleyball is played indoors and outdoors on a hard court or sand, referred to as Beach Volleyball.

Play proceeds as follows: a player on one of the teams begins a 'rally' by serving the ball (tossing or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm), from behind the back boundary line of the court, over the net, and into the receiving team's court. The receiving team must not let the ball touch the ground within their court. The team may touch the ball up to 3 times but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively. Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team is unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court. 

The ball is usually played with the hands or arms, but players can legally strike or push (short contact) the ball with any part of the body.