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Do female beach volleyball players always constantly touch each other?

Asked by JLeslie (65413points) August 2nd, 2021

I watched Switzerland play (I think it was Switzerland) and they constantly high fived, hugged, and hit each other’s asses. What is going on? Is that commonplace among all of the teams? I would not even do that with my husband. I don’t care what they do, have at it, I just find it odd. They were super sweaty too, but even if they had been cool and dry I would find it odd.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s a sign of solidarity, encouragement and congratulations. I wouldn’t spank anyone on the butt but I delivered a lot of high 5s and claps on the back.

Forever_Free's avatar

It is commonplace in the sport.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sometimes we just let each other know by touch where we are on the court.

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III Mostly, I noticed it in-between volleys, it wasn’t a touch so a teammate knew where the other was, but that’s a good point that it can be done for that reason. It was congratulations, excitement, or encouragement.

JLoon's avatar


I like it too ;p

kritiper's avatar

Male athletes swat each other on the ass all the time. It must be some kind of sports thing. And females are not exempt.

JLoon's avatar

@kritiper – It is a sports thing.

And an ass thing.

kritiper's avatar

Maybe the two who seemed to swat each other on the ass were gay and wanted to convey to any who were watching the fact that the other teammate’s ass belonged to them.

Kropotkin's avatar

There’s a reason why it’s such a popular Olympic event.

JLeslie's avatar

@kritiper Both teams were doing it. I also wondered if it was just these two teams or predominant in the sport, which was part of the specifics in my OP.

I don’t see what being gay would have to do with it. I am straight and married, and nothing makes me happier than cuddling with my husband and touching him, but during a competition, especially when I am sweaty and hot, I would not want him hugging me, or slapping my ass, or high fiving. Straight, gay, I don’t see why that matters.

I really thought it was mostly a male thing in general, that men always need to touch. Even in every day life, they can’t give up the handshake without a fist bump or an elbow bump, they can’t just not touch, but I did not realize female athletes are similar.

I have always disliked high fives for myself, so I know I have a preexisting annoyance to it, but I am fine if others want to do it, but every three minutes? I don’t get it.

LuckyGuy's avatar

We noticed that, too. It seemed a bit over the top to me.
I guess different sports teams have different cultures. I did not see the 10m Air Pstiol participants do that.

kritiper's avatar

@JLeslie I suppose you could always ask them why they do it.
If you don’t understand what being gay has to do with it, maybe it’s because you aren’t gay. If some beautiful girl liked to swat me on the ass, I wouldn’t mind. But if some guy was always patting me on the ass, he’d probably wind up with a broken nose.

Zaku's avatar

@JLeslie “I really thought it was mostly a male thing in general, that men always need to touch. Even in every day life, they can’t give up the handshake without a fist bump or an elbow bump, they can’t just not touch,”
– Certainly not all men. Or maybe (?) I just haven’t bonded sufficiently with anyone I played sports with. Fortunately, I’m not part of a sports group that wants to pat my ass or high-five me, or for me to pat theirs.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Of course it’s only in between volleys @JLeslie. During volleys they’re moving around the court. In my volleyball years I’ve given, and received, my fair share of high fives. Never has any one slapped my ass, male or female. If they did it would be the last time they did it.

Forever_Free's avatar

My experiences as a Beach Volleyball player:

High 5’s , Yes
Fist pump, Yes
Arm pump, Yes
Chest Bumps, No
Ass taps, No
Walks on the beach at sunset, No
Long drawn out kisses, No

rockfan's avatar

Your question reminds me of this hilarious Key and Peele sketch

Part 1:

Part 2:

Dutchess_III's avatar

Funny! But it’s why, as a girl, we soon learn to crouch down to pick things up rather than bending over.

Forever_Free's avatar

@Dutchess_III Same goes when dropping the bar of soap in gym shower room. kick it into the corner so you can pick it up with your back towards the wall

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’d just crouch down and get it.

Brian1946's avatar

Crouching is better for your lower back than bending over.
This is because one uses the much stronger quadriceps of their legs to do most of the lifting.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well we’re talking about a bar of soap, LOL!

JLeslie's avatar

@kritiper If my teammate was my husband how is that different than lesbians? Think about it. I’m attracted to my husband, I like getting naked with him. This reminds me of people being afraid gay military men would not be able to control themselves and make moves on other male soldiers if they were bunking together. Like gay people will be more aggressive physically than straight people.

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