5 Reasons Indoor Volleyball is Better Than Sand
Published on October 27, 2010 by sprouticus · 1 Comment
Several weeks ago I gave 5 reasons sand volleyball is better than indoor and promised a rebuttal, so here are 5 counter reasons why indoor volleyball is better than sand.
Despite sand volleyball’s prominence on the world stage, a much larger number of people play indoor volleyball at an organized level. Arguably this is because there are six people on most indoor teams and only two people on most sand teams, but still the numbers favor indoor teams. So, what makes indoor volleyball superior? Here are some reasons:
- Camaraderie and team spirit: Working as a seamless unit to pull off a perfect pass, set and kill is an inspiring event, and while you certainly get team unity on a sand team it’s a much bigger part of indoor volleyball. Add in the fun of traveling to games as a team, hanging out between matches and the occasional post-match beers, and it’s hard to beat the team spirit that comes with indoor volleyball.
- Intricate offense: I don’t want to call sand volleyball simplistic, but there aren’t too many options when it comes to who’s going to get the set each time. Indoor volleyball, on the other hand, gives you tons of choices about who will hit, what kind of set they’ll get and whether or not to run complex plays. In my humble opinion this elevates the intellectual aspect of the game and forces players to have a different kind of court awareness that I find very enjoyable.
- Diverse players and positions: Players like Misty May-Traenor and Todd Rogers prove that you don’t have to be a giant to play sand, but there are a lot more options for shorter players on indoor teams than on sand teams. You also get increased specialization in the form of liberos and hitters who play only left, right or middle, not to mention dedicated setters. As a non-giant I really like the ever expanding choices for indoor players.
- All year, worldwide play: No sun? No problem, at least not if you’re playing indoor volleyball. Not being dependent on weather conditions means more consistent schedules and more predictable game conditions, which makes it easier to train.
- Play now, play always: More people on the court (hopefully) means fewer bone-crunching dives and a longer period of time in which people can play indoor volleyball. I know people still playing in indoor leagues well into their 50s and 60s, and indoor volleyball is relatively easy to start playing at any age.
So, what did I leave out? Add you favorite thing about indoor volleyball to the comments!
Photo courtesy of Flickr.