Defending High Lines and Cut Shots in Beach VolleyballJun 13, 2022
Dig Those High Lines And Cut Shots!
Are you struggling to find the right positions to defend the high lines and cut shots during your beach volleyball games and tournaments?
Watch this video as one of our professional volleyball players coaches a Better at Beach camp athlete on how to move quickly and snag those shots every time!
Topics Covered in this Blog:
DEFENSIVE POSITIONS IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL
DEFENSIVE CHASE FOOTWORK AND MECHANICS IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL
The high line shot is the most common offensive shot in beach volleyball. Don't forget those tricky cut shots, too! So, guess what is also a critical skill in beach volleyball?
Knowing how to dig the high lines and cut shots. It's imperative to chase down a few high lines and cut shots every match. It throws off the offensive player on the other side:
If the easiest shot to hit, and the most consistent place to score, is no longer available, then what do I do now? It helps create some confusion with the offense and gives you a better chance to set up the ultimate defense for winning more points every volleyball match.
When you show someone that you have the ability to dig their high line and cut shots, you're taking away an option. As a defender, that's crucial for your end game! Now, with practice makes perfect. If you want to have your gameday matches thoroughly analyzed by one of our professional volleyball players and coaches, check out our Complete Player Program.
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DEFENSIVE POSITIONS IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Maybe you have been playing volleyball for years, but there is always something new to learn through consistent and steady practice. Unlike indoor volleyball, beach volleyball is essentially one-on-one. You have one blocker at the net and one defender. The odds as a defender are not particularly in your favor. Beach volleyball defense is very heavily reliant on reading the attacker, as well as trying to confuse your attacker’s vision on your defensive positioning.
Want to keep putting pressure on the offense by being in the best positions? The video below will help elevate your beach volleyball defense almost immediately.
DEFENSIVE CHASE FOOTWORK IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Even the most tenacious defenders can look like a statue against great hitters. One of the most important things a beach volleyball defender can do is work on what we like to call chase mechanics. Chase mechanics are just what they sound like: The mechanics you're using while running down a shot.
Don't think of this situation as a guess. Think of it as a race. "Can your best high line beat my balance and footwork?"
The first step to chasing down a ball isn't a step at all. It's being balanced. If you're off-balanced, leaning one way, then you're really only going to be able to dig one shot -- the one towards which you are leaning. If you're balanced, you can make a smooth move to dig the cut shot and the high line.
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If the shot is a high line, your first step should be a crossover step. Your inside foot will pivot in the sand while your outside will cross over. It should look like you're stealing a base in baseball. A great explanation of defensive chase footwork and mechanics can be seen in this video where Mark takes you step by step to bettering your beach volleyball game.
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