- February 14th, 2011
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Over the past few months, many of my volleyball-playing friends have pooh-poohed my organizing wallyball for the Calgary Outdoor Club. They believe that wallyball wasn’t a ‘real sport’ and had no place in pantheon of court sports.
They could not be more wrong.
After playing wallyball for the last 2 years, I can attest to the fact that the game is a great deal faster and more intense than volleyball. The reason that the sport doesn’t receive the attention it deserves is because it is played inside of an enclosed area where there is no place for spectators to watch and witness the skill and intense play of wallyball. However, because wallyball is the newcomer to the sports world, it’s up to wallyball to prove its superiority over volleyball.
For those not familiar with the sport, wallyball is volleyball played on a racquetball court. The word ‘wallyball’, in fact, is a contraction of its original name, ‘wall-volleyball’ or ‘rebound volleyball’. About 80% of the rules and 100% of the skills of volleyball are immediately applicable to wallyball, with a small portion of new rules to take into account the smaller playing area and walls.
” … one could say that the ‘scoring area’ of wallyball is significantly smaller than volleyball, making it harder to score points. As a result, rally times are extended, leading to a more challenging workout and greater speed of play.”
Let us assume that, when we compare the two sports, the competing teams are intermediate or better. They are able to effectively bump, set and spike reasonably consistently. While beginners do play volleyball and wallyball, sometimes their lack of skill decreases the level of play and intensity for both sports. However, unlike wallyball, volleyball tends to eliminate evern fairly experienced players through the use of the ‘killer serve’ — a serve so fast that any return attempted by the beginner knocks the ball out of play.