The main objective of volleyball is to stop the ball hitting the ground anywhere on your side of the net with just three touches - whilst trying to make it hit the ground on your opponent’s side of the court. 

The server stands at the back of the court and can serve either over- or under-arm into the opponent’s side of the court.

The opposing team is allowed a maximum of three touches on their side of the court before they must send the ball back over the net.

The player cannot touch the ball twice in two consecutive touches but could on the first and third contact.

The ball must be hit - not caught.

The ball can be played off the net during a rally.

Whichever team wins the point then goes on to serve.

Every time your team wins the serve from the other team your players rotate their position on court – clockwise so that everyone gets a chance to serve.

Teams win points by:

Hitting the ball to the floor of the opponent's court within the court’s boundaries. When the other team makes a mistake such as hitting the ball more than three times, or hitting it into the net or out of bounds.

The first team to 25 points wins (or 21 points if you’re playing on the beach) - but must be 2 points clear. If you’re pushed for time the match can be time-based with the team with the most amount of points by a certain time crowned as the winners.

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