Regular volleyball is a sport, a lot of people enjoy playing. It takes skill and a team effort, but peak excitement is watching how quickly play is ramped up every time the ball goes over the net to the other team. The best part is that volleyball can be played all year long, and many bars have created tavern volleyball leagues.

If you are interested in playing volleyball, you should also know that there’s another version; beach volleyball. Beach volleyball, as the name suggests, typically gets played on a beach. But it can be played wherever there’s substantial sand and a net. Here are a few more differences between these two types of volleyball to help you decide which game you’d like to play.

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The Differences in Equipment

Regular volleyball uses a very dense round ball about the size of a soccer ball. Beach volleyball uses a similar ball, although it may be slightly lighter and less dense. Real beach volleyball played for fun uses a beach ball, which some consider more challenging to play because it stays hovering in the air much longer and can blow away in the wind.

If you play regular indoor volleyball, you will need knee pads for the hardwood floor to protect yourself from injury. Some players also wear wrist and hand pads/guards to make it easier to bump and strike the ball and take a fall to the floor with less impact. Because you are falling on the sand in beach volleyball, these pads aren’t necessary.

If you play beach volleyball, you will need comfortable attire that moves with you and sport/sweat-proof sunscreen. Wearing a pair of sport performance sunglasses on the beach will shield your eyes while playing the game. A sun visor is a good idea too, although it might be overkill with the sunglasses.

Footwear or No Footwear?

Playing regular volleyball requires shoes. Cross-trainers are a good idea since you move a lot and stand around a lot. Make sure the shoes are comfortable and support your feet well.

On the sandy surface of beach volleyball, shoes may be optional. It depends on the rules you play. Most players find that barefoot is best because it’s hard to run and jump in the sand while wearing tennis shoes. It is also challenging to find your balance in shoes on the slippery moving surface of the sand. The downside to choosing barefoot play for beach volleyball is that you might have to endure hot sand underfoot, which can hurt. Special “barefoot” shoes that approximate bare feet without tennis shoes’ restrictions and challenges might help in this instance.

Beach Volleyball in the Cold

Unless you live where it’s reasonably warm most of the year (e.g., SoCal), you might not be able to play volleyball all year and not beach volleyball unless you can find an indoor beach court. If you can find a beach volleyball court built indoors, then you can play even when the temperature outside is twenty degrees (Fahrenheit) or colder. If you are determined to play this game no matter the weather or time of year, there are snow volleyball leagues out there, but they are difficult to find. You could try forming your