Volleyball is one of the most popular competitive and recreational sports in the world. It is fast, exciting and filled with explosive action. Players must be agile and possess extensive reach, power and hand-eye coordination.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Volleyball program supports the training and development of Australia’s best volleyball athletes through leading coaching and sports science expertise, world-class training facilities and other high performance services.
The program also provides a national development pathway for selection and representation in the Australian volleyball team.
About the program
The AIS men’s volleyball program was established in 1990, in Sydney, as a satellite sport. Several years later, in 1993, the women’s volleyball program was founded in Perth. Both programs relocated to the Canberra campus in 1997, but the women’s program was discontinued in January 2005.
AIS Volleyball (men) works with Volleyball Australia to provide a development pathway across 19-and-under and 21-and-under junior levels, and up to national representation, through the AIS/Volleyball Team Australia Men.
AIS volleyballers train six days a week, supported by some of the world’s best coaches and sports science sports medicine services, in a purpose-built facility with a court surface made by Gerflor Taraflex, which was used at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
About the sport
Volleyball is played between two teams of six players, each aiming to send the ball over the net and ground it on the opponent’s side of the court. Each team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball, and the rally continues until the ball is grounded, goes ‘out’, or a team fails to return it properly.
Each team that wins a rally scores a point and the right to serve, and its players rotate one position clockwise. Once a team scores 25 points (with a minimum lead of 2 points) they are awarded the set. Matches run up to five sets, with the fifth awarded to the team who scores 15 points with 2 points (at least) lead.