National & Kapodistiran University of Athens, School of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, 41 Ethnikis Antistasis Avenue, Athens, 17237, Greece.
The purpose of the current study was to find which performance indicators are more consequential in determining the final ranking of beach volleyball teams participating in the Olympics and to establish their appropriate cutoff values that can be considered as criteria that differentiate high-rank from low-rank teams. Analysis focused on the 144 teams that participated in the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. The ranking of a beach volleyball team was significantly dependent on two performance indicators: the proportion of successful attacks and the number of successful blocks. A team, both in men and women, meeting both criteria according to the computed cutoff values, will almost invariably pass successfully the preliminary round to the playoffs.
Keywords: Olympic Games; Beach volley; Performance indicators.