|Venue||Arrival||Team Officials Meeting||Event Start Date||Event End Date||Departure|
Medal Events in Volleyball(for 35th National Games, Kerala)
|1||Beach Volleyball Men|
|2||Beach Volleyball Women|
Beach volleyball is played on a sand court separated by a net, and has two teams of two players each. To keep the ball in the game, a team hits the ball to a maximum of three times before returning it over the net. Beach Volleyball came to Olympics in the 1990s.
The general playing method is the same as in indoor volleyball. The ball is sent over the net aiming at grounding it on the opponent's court, and to block the same attempt by the opponent. A team can return the ball using up to three touches. The ball is put into play by a hit by the server from behind the back court boundary, this is called a service—and this is to go over the net to the opponents. The rally goes on till the ball ‘goes out’, or is grounded on the playing court, goes or is not returned properly.
The public in Santa Monica, California started to play beach volleyball in 1920, when the new jetties formed a huge sandy area. The game became popular not at just on public parts of the beach but also in private beach clubs. In late 1922, there were eleven such beach clubs in Santa Monica. 1924 saw the first inter-club competitions held.
Initially beach volleyball matches had six-member teams, and the contemporary two-member team idea is credited to a player called, Paul "Pablo" Johnson, of Santa Monica Athletic Club. And it happened in 1930, during a summer games season, when they tried to play with whoever was present, instead of waiting for the whole team to arrive. Beach volleyball for recreation is still played with more players, but the popular version and the elite version have two-member teams. Beach volleyball remained rather obscure till the 1980s, and the first Olympic appearance of the event was in 1996.