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5 Volleyball Variations to Play in Your Backyard


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Blind Volleyball
What if you couldn't see the players on the other side of the net?
What if you couldn't see the players on the other side of the net?
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When I was 10 years old, the only thing more fun than a game of tag was playing it as the sun set. Suddenly, it wasn't enough simply to run fast. We had to be wary, listening for the sounds of footsteps in the dark and evading their owners. Just imagine not being able to see where the next volley was coming from during a volleyball match.

In this backyard variation known as blind volleyball, players hang sheets or blankets from the top of the net to the ground to shield their view of an opposing team. Any number of players can join, and any type of buoyant ball can be used, from a volleyball to a beach ball. The object is to volley the ball over the net -- the team that allows it to hit the ground first loses the point. Skilled players can follow traditional volleyball rules, but this game can easily be adapted to novice players, too, by allowing underhand throws [source: Gates].