One of our favorite beach volleyball drills to warm up with is called 6 Guns. This drill is basically a test of who can react faster and do so cleanly and accurately. Let's take you through it.
We can initiate 6 Guns with a version of Pepper where we pass, hit, set and spike low and fast and we're trying to test the edge of our partners speed and control limits
If we end up controlling this without accelerating, then we're going to get a little too comfortable. We want you to move in an uncomfortable speed where you're really testing your ability to react cleanly under pressure.
The next version of 6 Guns that we have is called the Handcuff 6 Guns. It means you're only able to use a two handed forearm pass or a tomahawk. Make sure your hands never come apart and basically you're trying to tap your partner in the face, the nose, or the legs, or get it by them to the point where they can't react.
Our next version of 6 Guns involves just using one hand and being able to use it in all different shapes and ways so that it's available defensively, and then in terms of ball control.
If we're only locked into forearm passes and handsets, we're not taking advantage of our body. We need to have everything available. If you've got a shoulder injury or surgery, this is this is a great beach volleyball drill for you. You're going to keep one hand behind you, and being able to operate all around yourself using only one hand. This will open up a little bit of range defensively. Use any technique or hand position you want; Pokey, Slaps, Backhands, Forearms are fine, just make sure you can keep the ball alive with one hand.
Obviously, you can also do it with your left hand. Maybe you're going to be significantly worse with your non-dominant side, but we encourage doing it so that you can open up a bigger range of techniques and playable balls for yourself.
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