Beach Volleyball – Equipment
The basic equipment used to play beach volleyball safely and enjoyably are listed below.
A net is used in beach volleyball game and the players always try to shoot the ball above the net. The height of the beach volleyball net is around 8 feet for men and 7 feet 4 inches for women. The height of the net varies for teenagers.
The net that is used for beach volley ball has a length of 28 feet. Each end of the net is padded. In official competitions the referee stand is usually attached with the net. The net is also bordered on top and bottom with 4 inch wide canvas.
As the name of the sport is volleyball so a ball is the centre of the play. The spherical ball used in beach volleyball is either made up of flexible synthetic material or leather.
The ball is striped with bright colours which makes it look beautiful and attractive. The weight of the ball is around 300 grams. The internal air in the ball is around 0.200 kg per square centimetres. The circumference of the ball should not exceed 70 cm and should not be below 65 cm.
Knee pads are very important for the players who are playing beach volleyball. One of the major equipment in playing beach volleyball is knee pads. They provide stability to the leg of the player which allows him to play up to his potential.
One of the major advantages is that it prevents injury to a player. If a player has an injury, then he can use knee caps to relax his knee.
The player belonging to same team or same country has same dress. Players normally prefer to wear swimsuits while playing beach volleyball.
Due to some unfavorable practices, some conservative parties have raised their voices about it and the governing body federation international de volleyball (FIVB) has changed some rules in ladies dress. While playing beach volleyball on a nice and smooth sandy surface, players are advised to wear sporting shoes for the safety of their foot.
Sunglasses and Sun Protection
As we have already mentioned that these matches are normally held under the Sun in an open ground, the players are very keen on protecting their body and specially their eyes. To protect their eyes, they wear sunglasses.
But the glasses they put on their eyes should not have any power in it. This is also a safety guideline for the players. To protect their body from harsh sunlight, they use sun cream on their body.