(Edit: I’m sorry to say that I’ve moved to Japan, so this post might not be relevant anymore. That said, I believe this spot is still somewhat popular and remains to be one of the gems in Greater Taipei. Check it out, fellas!)
Howdy, this is Alvis Yu.
I’ve always loved to play volleyball. In fact, when I was still at college, I pretty much played every day. My skills are somewhat upper intermediate. Decent at spiking and setting.
Below are the details of the courts I found in Yonghe (永和) District, New Taipei City:
Location: Yonghe Emerald Park (永和綠寶石公園)
It can be hard to locate for first-timers, but the pic below should help you get here:
Pros and Cons about the courts:
One of the good things about the place is that it’s relatively under folks’ radar, so we can pretty much keep it to ourselves! (UPDATE: it’s getting more and more crowded, with 20-30 players on average per day. This is good because it used to be fewer than 12 ppl showing up, making a game (which requires 12 people) impossible. At least not a proper game.) The courts include two male-height nets and one female’s, surrounded by net mesh, which means we don’t have to chase after the ball! Better yet, the lights remain on til 10ish in the evening. The more advanced players usually just stick to the right court for some reason. I am one up for challenges, so I tend to stick to the right court as well. For the middle and the left courts, people usually play co-ed volleyball there.
On the flip side, it might prove to be a bit far and inconvenient for peeps who don’t have a vehicle. Also the fact that it’s by the riverside means that it gets windy sometimes! We all know that volleyballs aren’t like basketballs. They are light. As a result, when it is windy, every ball (esp when serving) floats, intentionally or unintentionally lol! However, if you look on the bright side, you can think of it as a chance to improve your coordination.
Pinyin with tone markers: lǜ bǎo shí tíng chē chǎng
For folks who’d like to join my weekly events, please RSVP here (look for “Intermediate Weekday Volleyball!“). Not to be confused with “Play Intermediate Volleyball,” which is another volleyball group on Sundays. I do go there at times, but lately I’ve found myself quite busy on the weekend, hence the thought of creating a weekday version of the group.
Since these are outdoor courts, when it rains, the event will be cancelled accordingly. I live fairly close to the area, so I’d give you guys a heads-up about the weather conditions.
Admittedly, the location might be a bit inconvenience for peeps who don’t have a vehicle, but you can also ride a YouBike to get here. There are quite a few YouBike stations near the courts. Do check the above-mentioned website for the availability of the bikes first though!
As I am a freelancer, my schedule is rather flexible. For folks who even want to play in the afternoon, you can simply PM me, and we might just play spontaneously!
Rules for the Taiwanese co-ed volleyball:
Here are some rules (might seem bizarre for some) for the Taiwanese co-ed volleyball that you might want to know before you play: men cannot block women. Call if a gender inequality if you like (as one American pointed out to me). I can’t quite explain why that is, but it is just what it is….While in the front row, men can only spike provided that they 1) jump before the 3-meter line or 2) hit without jumping if they’re inside the front row area. Nevertheless, men can still block their male opponents (almost always only when the hitter jumps and spikes before the 3 meter line). Enjoy.