Until the traditional white ball, which was replaced with a multi-colored ball in 2000 to make the sport more TV friendly, rallies were short and sweet. But with the blue and yellow ball, players are able to see the spin, and viewers can sit back and enjoy the acrobatics of a good long rally. This year the US women’s team nabbed silver playing with a Mikasa indoor ball ($70), and the Paralympians will be using the same ball which, unlike the beach ball, has no seams, and has a dimpled surface similar to a golf ball, that creates air turbulence making the ball fly true.
Get in Gear: How to Compete (Or At Least Dress) Like an Olympian
If seeing all those toned bodies at this past summer’s London Games inspires you to go from spectator to contender, TIME has put together a list of equipment used in the Olympics and Paralympics. This way, even if you can’t compete like an elite athlete, you can at least look like one
Indoor Volleyball: Ball