Beach Volleyball: Full Practice Plan for Passing Footwork and Attack Accuracy


Watch our Practice Plans for Passing Footwork and Attack Accuracy. Enjoy!

Welcome to my beach volleyball practice plan video. This is a pretty typical practice at VolleyCamp Hermosa in Hermosa Beach, CA. The players in the video are from one of our private advanced men's groups.

If you are looking for more practice plans for beach volleyball I highly recommend our free beach volleyball drill book. It's go 36 different drills for beach volleyball and you'll get the ability to download it to keep! 

While these drills are awesome, nothing is quite so good as a beach volleyball coach as when your practice plan is completely made for you. We have 20 2-hour practice plans timed out minute by minute, rep by rep. If you are a coach who knows the game, but you hate building practices, you're going to love this. Get rid of the guesswork and use the beach volleyball practice plans I've been using for 10 years on the AVP tour. All of the practices have specific categories so you just need to choose between passing, setting, attacking, defense and game play. Best part of all is that every practice has a video demonstration because we know it can be a pain to understand drills without seeing them.


 Speaker 1: (00:00)
We're going to start like we always start with our basic ball control drill. So it's 10 forearm passes, 10 handsets, 10 tomahawks, 10 pokies being able to use both hands, ten slaps, and then we're going to go into our speed pepper.

Speaker 1: (00:37)
during the pass and set phase, we like everybody to imagine that they're setting. So we create a setting height and a setting footwork while we're passing here because the ball's not moving laterally. We're not really in a serve receive position. It's more of a free ball or a set motion. So we just use the setting footwork so we can dial it in.

Speaker 1: (01:33)
We like to train a pokey with some height because yes, we do have an attack pokey, but we also have a defensive or a setting pokey, something where we need somebody to be able to walk under the ball and handset or when we go up high enough, we want to be able to take a four step approach and maybe hit it. So we have pokies in a lot of different situations and right now we're practicing control with the height.

Speaker 1: (02:10)
Our last ball control warmup is speed pepper. So we're still trying to get a pass, set, spike rhythm, but we're keeping it low and fast. We're training our defensive reactions and training our hurried ball control. Sometimes we get rushed and we still have to be under control and accurate, so that's why we practice a little bit of speed.

Speaker 1: (03:02)
Next is our base passing footwork. We're just going to do a step-shuffle to the right, then a step-shuffle to the left. We're making sure that we're actually technical with our movement to the ball so it's a light toss to the right and then a light toss to the left. Step-shuffle pass above the antenna, come back to center. Step shuffle, pass. This is base passing footwork. Then I'm going to have him toss to towards my forehead, loft it towards my forehead where I get to this uncomfortable phase and I want to tomahawk... One one of them we're going to open up to the right with a drop step and if we need to continue back, shuffle. So it's still a step-shuffle. It's just a bigger drop step. So if he lofts one towards my forehead, I open and then I'd pass above the antenna. We do this because we have more range like this. Since we can't handset in beach volleyball, we don't want to end up having to do this and tomahawk the serve receive. Same thing to the high left step-shuffle and now I take it outside my left arm and I dip my right shoulder. The last one is a short ball and I'm going one, two, kick! Stand with the pass. It's really important to stand with the past when we're passing a short ball.

Speaker 1: (04:09)
We're not trying to go down and pass up at the same time. So he's going to face sideways towards the side of the court and tell us a high short ball. One, two... And then I stand with the ball. Okay. That's all we got. So we got five passes. Shuffle to the left, shuffle to the right, open deep right, open deep left, one short ball, and then switch. Go for it.

Speaker 1: (05:29)
...and there's a time, right? There's a time when we don't open up sideways. If it's slow and easy, get behind it. So you don't have to rotate sideways. But when we're feeling that uncomfortable speed at our head like high heavy float servem then we're going to try to get out of the way. But just remember that if it's a slow, easy free ball, don't just take one step and open up. Get yourself behind it. Right now, we're only going to serve the left sides. Server can go high deep or I can go short. Your only focus really is making sure you have that exact footwork. So this whole time just think about your feet so that we can be technical there. If I serve you short, you have to go on two. Everything else, you're just taking an approach. But I need to make sure that you guys are doing your full approach footwork. So pass and get to your point of hesitation.
Speaker 1: (06:51)
I'm serving the first ball and I can serve anybody cause it's gotta be a line. You have to hit that high line box. That's on the serve receive. The high line box on your side. Then I'm going to throw a scramble free ball. Once I throw that scramble free ball that second ball has to be hit in the front two thirds. There is that sideline alley that I drew in the front two thirds of a sideline There can be no arch to that ball or if we're not jumping high enough, I'll deem something that's either flat enough. So the second ball has to be sharp sideline, either sidelines. The first ball has to be high line. If you get both, you get three points. If you get one you get one point. Yeah, of course. Any chop, anything with high downward or flat angle is fine because the steep court, in the front two thirds of the court, that's going to have the same effect as a hard hit. Guys like Trevor Crabb, they don't pound, but they hit sharp, steep angles so that you can't touch it. So it has the same effect as somebody who is hitting hard because its just getting to the ground quick and out of your reach.

Speaker 3: (09:42)
[inaudible] High line to short to live. Team A initiates with a serve. Team B must pass set and hit a high line. Team A needs to dig that and their next attack must be in the front half of the court. From that point on, the play is live. Its ok to cheat on the high line shot when we knowing it's coming. Just focus on the movement patterns, positioning and set quality.

Speaker 1: (10:35)
Last drill of the day. The score over here is zero. The score over there is five. We are playing a game to 15. It's going to be relentless hard driven cross balls. Every time the point finishes, a new person has to be defending over here. Everybody's going to get their first attack as a left sider. The score starts at 5-0 and it's a game to 15. It's going to go fast! 

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