How to Spike Better and Use Spacing to Win More Points in Beach Volleyball: An In Depth Course on Offensive Design

 
Some players put in hours of work so they can control the ball and while we can't negate the value of that, tons of points are lost simply because their offensive game is not designed properly. A beach volleyball point should have an intentional shape and all of the best beach volleyball players work hard after the first touch to put themselves in a position that makes a great spike more likely. 

It's not ONLY the setter's responsibility to put the hitter in a good position. Great attackers, put themselves in a position after the pass where it's easy to set them a perfect ball. When you have great footwork, and you religiously create a great distance relationship between yourself, your setter, and the volleyball net, it becomes more likely that you will score points.

I want you to take special notice, that none of what I just wrote has to do with ball control. It's more about your movement between the touches.

Most amateur players don't have an offense that is choreographed in a way that allows them to hit the top level. Almost all beach volleyball players struggle with attack spacing at some point in their career.

Learn How to Spike Better: Maximize your height and power angles by creating space for your hitting arm.

I don’t normally like to draw comparisons between indoor volleyball and beach volleyball because I try to respect the fact that hoards of players are now taking a direct path to sand. I will, however, use the relationship here. 

Indoor volleyball coaches spend hours and hours of practice teaching their junior players to

1) GET OUTSIDE!

and

2) Dig high and sprint off the net.

There are specific footwork patterns we teach in volleyball which get you into the best position for a spike approach. It would be entirely UNACCEPTABLE for any indoor volleyball outside hitter to pass a ball and just approach straight at the net from where they stand.

On the hardwood, our goal is to spread our offense and/or run effective combinations so we can try to hit against a single or broken block. We set our outside hitters more often because they hit from the pins which gives them the best opportunity for the time required to develop powerful approach distance and bigger attack angles. The attackers on the outside have the best chance to take the longest and most powerful approach. They are simply more available.

Foluke Atinuke Akinradewo of USA Volleyball Team

Foluke Atinuke Akinradewo of USA Women's Indoor Volleyball Team

Right handed players on the left get outside the court to take advantage of their anatomy. It's easier for a right handed player to get their feet to a ball that's falling to their right side (barring the goofy footers out there).

That’s why right side players hug the sideline tighter on their approaches. Among other reasons, they are leaving their right arm available. If everyone is right handed, the left sides will get far outside the court to open their hitting window and the right sides will hug the sideline with an approach that is more perpendicular to the net.

Here’s a test to prove the point: Balance on your left leg or your right leg if you are a lefty. From this position, see how for you can leap sideways landing on two feet. Make sure your toes are facing forward and they don't pivot. Try three times to your right and then three times to your left. You will notice that you can “step-close” more distance to your right. This is the reason right handers stay INSIDE ON THE RIGHT and OUTSIDE ON THE LEFT. We leave more space off our right side so that we can get our feet perfectly to more sets.

Let’s also keep in mind that for most players, their strongest hits in order from strongest to weakest are:

1) In the direction of our approach and body angle

2) cross body swings where you hit off of your left shoulder

3) Wrist away spikes which are hit off of your right shoulder.

For right handed players, approaching at an angle from the left and approaching perpendicular to the net from the right gives our bodies the best chance to swing big.

Indoor players always get space from the net and set up their offensive angles to be the most effective attackers.

WHY THEN, do those same disciplined players and coaches come to the sand and disregard all concepts of design, anatomy, power angles and consistency?!

One of the most common mistakes I see every day is a right handed right side going way outside the court to set up their hit. This leaves NEGATIVE SPACE for their right arm. Check out Todd Rogers and see how many times per match he passes and then moves INTO the court. After that, check out Emily Day (left side player) and see how many times she moves OUTSIDE after her passes and digs.

This could be a separate post but I want to cover PLAYING FOR KILLS here and now since we are talking about POH; Point Of Hesitation. Essentially, the POH is the spot we choose to start our approach from. After studying the difference between the majority of amateur players and the professionals, it's clear that professionals get to a specific position before their setter sets. Amateurs, more often than not, hit from wherever the opposing team puts them.

Serve an amateur middle and they will hit from the middle. Serve them outside, they will approach from the outside. Serve them short and they will have half an approach. Serve them deep and they will end up sprinting through their approach.

The highest caliber of players intentionally design their offense so that it maximizes A) their best swings and B) their best chances to see, contact high and execute a kill. It is important to know what you are good at and to design your offense in a way that maximizes your traits.

As I’ve said before, I coach to the highest level possible. What I mean here is that I ask all of my players to think of the end game; the way it should look and the expectations they should have for themselves when they’ve reached the pinnacle of beach volleyball. If you are diving for a dig, I require that you get the ball high enough for a handset. If you are scrambling and running off the court to set a ball with one arm, I require that you don’t “Just get it up” in your mind. You should have "THIS WILL BE A PERFECT SET" coursing through your veins. As my occasional partner, Stafford ‘Fear the Goggles’ Slick, once said, “Don’t just be the second person to touch the ball. BE A SETTER.”

When we embrace a mentality that empowers us to create the best possible response regardless of what is thrown our way, our universe opens itself to a new realm of beach volleyball greatness.

That being said, when you dig a ball to the back line, into the net or to the next court, go to a position you can KILL from and call for your set. Don’t follow your setter. Don’t say “help”. Don’t say “anywhere”.

If you know your partner can get more than just their finger tips on the ball, demand that you both play for excellence.  Don’t crowd them and only hope they can get it up. You'll just end up having to send a free ball. Play for kills. Play for greatness.

You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you set a new standard for yourself.

Watch Mark's first ever beach volleyball webinar; A Crash Course in Offensive Design

This webinar from AVP pro Mark Burik tackles Creating Space and Offensive Attacks in beach volleyball. Stay tuned for the Q&A sections to gather information that will help you improve your beach volleyball game further.

Offensive Design and How the Pro's Do It Different

This webinar is for you if...

You don't know where to go when you want to get set.

You want to spike better.

You're confused about where to stand as a hitter.

You feel like you don't have a consistent attack.

You've been struggling to figure out your offense.

You don't know where to go after you pass.

You don't know why people keep digging you.

If you finally want to get more kills  and turn you spike into a true weapon, you need to watch this video and then sign up for your own One on One Video Analysis Session.

 THIS VIDEO IS SUPPOSED TO START AT 7 MINUTES IN. TRUST ME. IT WILL SAVE YOU FROM HEARING ME RAMBLE ON.

 

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW: 

Speaker 1: (00:00)
First poll guys today we're going over attacking and we're going over spacing and I want you guys to make sure that you are doing it the right way. Again, skip through those mistakes. Get better now. Take advantage of free information and join with me. Okay, we're going to get rolling starting now. So if you guys are on the side, if you guys are doing something else, this is where we're starting to get going. Alright, first poll coming out now. Please answer. Go ahead. Let's see what we got. Are you a player or are you a coach or both? A lot of quick responses. Pretty awesome. Man. We have a lot of both and we have a couple who are just coaches, which I absolutely love. Some people are just trying to pick up sexy athletes. That's good. Only two of you, so that's fine guys, thanks for participating in that poll. 

Speaker 1: (00:57)
That's awesome. I want you guys to stay glued because we're going to have a few of those and some of them are going to be really important to what we're going to, where we're going down the next hour or so. We are going to be on for the next hour. So we just started, uh, some of you have been here for a half hour already. Some of you have been here for 15 minutes. I plan this to be about an hour and 15 minutes. At the end there is going to be a Q and A session. So that means that your personal questions, I'm going to open up the platform and say, okay, what questions do you have specifically? I'd like you to ask them on offense and on the attack. But if they're on other questions and I think they're important to the lesson today, then we'll go that way. 

Speaker 1: (01:40)
I'm going to end this poll, 42 and 47 answered. I'm going to share the results with you. We have a lot of just players. We have a lot of people who coach. Some both and I think that's awesome. Here's what I think guys. Here's, here's my methodology. A lot of people end up coaching juniors because that's where the money's at. But what I believe is that we're all involved in the future of USA volleyball and of the furthering of our sport. So if you're from the US or if you're from the other sport, the cool part about beach volleyball is that right now it's in a big change. Um, teams are starting to get creative with their offenses and they're starting to run different combinations and different speeds. Traditionally we used to see just up and down, up and down, up and down, straight forward, up and down. 

Speaker 1: (02:36)
Blockers have now grown to seven feet, seven feet, one and people need other answers to sideout consistently. So the game is changing and that's really exciting. You guys are part of that, but we need a base. Everybody needs a baseline. And the faster everybody can get on that baseline, the faster that the sport can progress, right? So it can get to the next level. Like, um, in the nineties, indoor went from high up and down. The Russians were just throwing these sky balls to Brazil. A bunch of little guys running just speed across the net in the indoor volleyball and they changed the game and they won gold medals. And then America basically out Braziled Brazil where we found decently sized guys. But we could run speed. That's where the beach game is heading. And it's really exciting and you guys are all a part of that. 

Speaker 1: (03:26)
So why I choose to coach more adults than juniors is that I believe that all of you guys are going to touch somebody at some point, right? You guys are all going to teach somebody. So if I can make the top players and the medium players and the older players better, a younger player is eventually going to look to you and say, "how do I do this?" And once they involve you in that journey, then that's something really special and really beautiful because then you become a part of them forever if you add something to their game. So if I give you guys, if I give the adults great information and then you trickle down, that's when the entire base becomes better and the entire base becomes lifted and then, and the sport changes. So I want to be a part of that evolution. 

Speaker 1: (04:16)
And by being here, you guys are a part of that evolution and that's what I love. So let's get moving on to that. Let's take our second poll guys. We're going to get into video really quick. I am going to ask you guys what your volleyball path was. If you had no idea what I was talking about with indoor fine. However, I want to know if you guys started with indoor volleyball, if you guys started with beach volleyball, if you were indoor and now beach. My path. I started playing indoor in college and I played beach volleyball only to get better. Indoor. And then once I started playing both, my skills increased in both. And I think that kept me fresh for a long time. So the majority of our people so far started with indoor and now only play beach. And a lot of people have played both, man, a bunch of people. Beach purists. I love it. Five, four, three, two, one. Thank you guys for participating. I'll share those results. Awesome. Okay, now guys, let us start some of this film we are talking about offense. I'm going to start sharing my screen with you. 

Speaker 1: (05:42)
Okay. So now you guys see what I'm seeing and the first thing we want to talk about, let's get into the meat of it. The first thing we want to talk about, we're talking about offensive attacks. I'm going to start with a men's video and since we want people, you guys already know we are going to start with Canadians versus Americans. Okay? 

(06:08)
Give me a little thumbs up or just write yes in the text box if you guys can see this. I want to know what you guys are looking at. Yeah, yeah. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Good. Okay, so this is, this is what the meat of this webinar is going to be. I'm going to keep showing you these videos. You can see me scrubbing back and forth, right? Yes. You can see me scrubbing forward, right? Yes. 13 new messages. 

Speaker 1: (06:37)
Everybody's involved. Awesome guys. Cool. So the base of what we want to do, I'll let this video roll and the first thing that I do want to talk about is hitting arm space principle. And eventually, I'm going to make a little acronym for this, but what you need to do is have space for your hitting arm. So as, as you see all of the passes, all of the digs, all of these players who are prepping for their attack, what you're going to see is that they're opening space for their attack arm, right? They're basically leading their attack arm. That's really important for you to have power and you'd have options if you were leaning to the opposite shoulder, you're in a weakened position immediately. So this is going to be as much of a setting clinic via webinar as, as much as it is a hitting clinic. Okay? So I want you, this is Gibb and Patterson versus Binstock and Schachter. Binstock is still coaching. He's still running a lot of clinics up in Canada and Schachter is s a really energetic Canadian guy. He's kind of cocky, haha, but this is 2016 in Rio. This is leading into the Olympics. Both of these teams went to the Olympics and this is the beginning of that year. So this is Gibb and Patterson versus Binstock and Schachter . 

Speaker 1: (08:10)
Alright, so let's take a look right here. After this pass, we see that Gibb stays home. This isn't the ideal pass location. He passed right in front of himself. Ideally we're looking towards the middle, but that's not what we're talking about today. What we do is Gibb is, trying to open up space for his right arm, see how the ball falls on his right arm. This gives him attack options and he gets that kill. Okay? Now we can see this natural thing here. Okay, so look where Josh, this is Josh Binstock. Look where Josh is when he passes. I'll try to leave my mouse there. This is where he is. This is his butt when he passes. Look at the work he does to create space for his hitting arm. Okay. He passed here and then he moved maybe 10 feet to the outside. Now he's got all of this space because Josh is a righty. So he's got all of this space to lead his attack arm. Okay. Now we see that Sam is going to lead his attack arm. Look at this. He doesn't set Josh to the antenna. He leads Josh so that he can move forward and he leads the attack arm into the attack. Give me a yes on the chat if you guys can see that. 

Speaker 1: (09:36)
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Awesome. Awesome. Okay. Leading the way. Boom. Set inside. Lead the attack arm. So really nice. Jake gets a touch and we get that kill. Again, this is Rio 2016. This is one of the first tournaments of that year and this is Canada versus USA. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, two of the best players in the U.S. For a long time now. All right, let's take a look where Jake passes this ball. Okay, so I like this. Jake is being fluid. He comes into the middle, he gets led by this pass. But then look at the foot work after the pass. This is what I want you guys to really, really notice and I know you guys can't see me pointing at the screen but I'm trying to use my cursor. So he passes right here and then he keeps this shuffle going and maybe he could have attacked but he was opening space for his right arm and Casey uses his long arms to get this. 

Speaker 1: (10:37)
Alright, let's take a look again. Again, we're talking about spacing for the right arm, right? Opening up space for the right arm so that you can lead that attack arm. Once you set the other side or once you put yourself in a situation where you're leaning to the opposite shoulder, your non-hitting shoulder, you're in a weakened position. You don't have as much height, you don't have power. So let's take a look here. Okay, pass is on the sideline. This is where his body is during the pass and since he passed straight forward, look how far out he gets. Look at this space for the right arm. And again, Sam leads him inside. Okay. Leads the right hitting arm. This, we can still see you when viewing your screen in a little window. That's okay. I think you might be able to minimize it Graham, but I'm, if you see me, that's okay. 

Speaker 1: (11:31)
So use all sorts of weird hand motions back to the video leading the right arm. Jake gets a big time block. Okay, so this is good footwork and this is what we want to focus on for the majority of today, right? We want to talk about the hitting arm space principal. Look at all of that space for his right arm. All right, let's move on to this next one. So this is where he passes. This is where I'm going to leave my mouse, right? He doesn't move a lot. Why doesn't he move a lot? Because he passed to the right. But look at the space that he's created between the setter and himself. This allows the setter plenty of room to accelerate the hitter. I want you guys to understand that, right? We're accelerating the hitter. So you're accelerating the hitting arm. 

Speaker 1: (12:25)
This is a pretty good set. I think. I see Josh. Look at this. See he starts in and it looks like he's aiming at Jake, right? But the set gets a little bit wide so you can see Josh changed directions slightly to the left here. Look at this going this way and then changes direction slightly makes a nice foot adjustment and that's where we have it. Okay, so here is where here is an example of Sam not having time to move into a great position, but look at the set from Josh. He's going to lead the attack arm, right? He's going to set the ball outside of Sam's hitting arm. Look where this ball gets outside the hitting arm, right? Almost entirely. I think Sam wanted a little bit wider because he has to adjust inside, but we get it on the right side of our body, right? 

Speaker 1: (13:26)
So, that's what we're talking about for right arm, right arm space. I want to keep harping that. Your footwork has to create space after the pass, after the dig and it has to create that space so that you can accelerate and so that you never end. If you guys look at my video, you never end with your arm crossing across your body or if you guys are leaning back. Those things are just just massive for your sideout percentage. All right, let's keep watching. Let's look where he passes from. This is Josh passing, right? These guys were both in the Olympics, two teams in the Olympics and this is a nice little option pass because he sees an easy short ball. Sam kind of expects that. He waits back patiently and Josh passes to his hitting arm, he gets it over the other side of his hitting arm and they get an easy kill on two. A couple more points from these guys and then we'll switch matches, right? 

Speaker 1: (14:36)
Yeah. I can't, I can't, I can't emphasize how important watching film is for your game. Um, if you guys are looking to improve, if you guys are trying to get better, if you follow players on Instagram or on Facebook, you can see how many videos they're posting and how many are from practices and how many are from matches. And if you're looking at a player's highlight on Instagram or on Facebook, you know, you have physical evidence that they are recording their match and these are professionals, right? They're not, they're not recording it just so that they can look good. They do record it a lot so that they can look at it and they take select clips, but remember that they're recording it and they're watching it. They're watching their practices and watching their films. And this is what we do. We study it constantly. 

Speaker 1: (15:29)
And if you're not studying it, you're not getting better. Right? So if you're not filming your practices, if you're not filming your matches, you need to start so that you can take to the next... you know. The next jump in your game. So this is an odd play right here, right? Casey is known for high snap and loose wrist. This is where he has almost negative space for his right arm. I don't love this position and I don't know if Casey does but he gets stable and he stays patient and part of what makes Casey excellent is that he has excellent feet to ball. So wherever this ball gets set, Casey's going to end up jumping so that the ball is still on the right side of his right arm. Look where Jake sets. Normally we we push the set a little bit but Jake feels that Casey is tight to him so he sets this ball ultra up and down. 

Speaker 1: (16:24)
Can you give me a yes if you can see that? There is no push to that. All right, give me a yes in the chat window if you guys can see that. Awesome. Awesome. Amber! Welcome. Carl. Good to see you again. But so this is where Jake sets up and down. He feels Casey's right shoulder and then he basically gets out of the way. This is a good setter. This is a setter trying to lead the hitting arm and I think it's excellent. Look at that ball falling on the right side of Casey's body right here so that he has a lot of attack options. Okay, you guys are going to see this again and again. And again. I want to switch players here. All right. This is, this is just introducing the right arm principle and creating space with your footwork. 

Speaker 1: (17:12)
And two of the best guys that I know who do this are Alison and Bruno. This video coming up is where we going to do this. Okay. So cool. Bruno. And he was not, I don't know if he was MVP or he was close to MVP, but Alison and Bruno, obviously they won the Olympics in 2016 and this is the year leading into them. So this is when they're playing some of their best volleyball and this is their match against Mexico. Juan Virgen, and Ontiveros. I don't know his first name, but let's just take a look. Okay? So you guys can all see this. I hope you can. Let's take a look. Alright, so out serve. Awesome. I love when videos start with that. 

Speaker 1: (18:14)
All right. So Juan's kind of like a quick. He's a shooty, snappy type player. So his footwork is slightly different than the way we teach, than a base system. But what you need to realize is that he's always creating space for his hitting shoulder again. His partner is always opening that ability. He's always accelerating the attack arm. So check it out. This is where he passes, right? He calls for a back. The job of the setter here is to get the ball over the right side of the hitting arm, you know, the hitting side of the hitting arm. So we can see if he does that. Yeah, totally leads the hitting arm, right. Exaggerates it a little bit, which is good. 

Speaker 1: (19:02)
A big kill against one of the best blockers in the world. So because he passed in the middle, he stayed tight. He didn't go wide. Right? He stayed really tight here. You can see him up and down in the middle and he's just asking for a backset and Ontiveros knows that we're going to set over the right side of the right hand. Cool. And we get a good attack option. Really good. Guys. Is it getting a little choppy?, On my screen it's getting a little choppy. I just want to make sure that you guys are still seeing this and you're still staying with it. It looks good. And Rico, thank you very much. Okay. Hopefully you're not the only one. Right? Alright. So, Alison, let's talk a little bit about this guy. A big guy, 6'8" maybe 6'9". He loves his sets about one meter or three feet from the net. 

Speaker 1: (19:52)
This is where he operates his offense from. He has a big cross court swing and he has a really good cross body down the line. So his job is to create an offense that allows him to attack here. You guys see where my mouse is? I hope you do. Which means he needs to create enough space to accelerate his hitting arm into this area. So I want you to see where he passes and then where he works after the pass to hit from. Too many amateur, B, double B, A, AA, whatever. Any amateur player, they pass, and then that's where they start their offense from. That's not good.. 

Speaker 1: (20:41)
It's miserable. I don't want to offend anybody, but if you see yourself passing and that's where you start your offense from, that's miserable because it means that if the server serves you and they put you in a location, it means they're playing puppet master so they are serving you and you are approaching from where they want you to approach rather than using the first ball as you getting yourself to the line of scrimmage and setting up your offense, right? Our offense is our offense. It's not who the server chose to... It's not where the server chose to put us. It's I'm passing, I'm passing a good first ball. Hopefully I pass it to the right place and if I pass it the perfect place, I have my perfect offense. If I don't, I'm still in control. I'm still in control of where I'm attacking and the angles. That being said, Alison passes right here. 

Speaker 1: (21:34)
Okay, I'm going to leave my mouse there. Hopefully you can see it. Look at the work after the pass. Watch this. He creates the space. Boom. So some of the people who have been training with me, they see the step shuffle. This isn't entirely a step shuffle, but he gets this foot oriented cross court. So this is his right foot getting oriented cross court and look at the space that he has to attack where he wants to attack. Okay. Bruno sets him a little bit wide I think for what he wants. But because he was able to get outside, he can still accelerate into that. See how wide his foot is on the left, right? This allows him to accelerate into the entire court. It allows him to accelerate his hitting arm. Even if that set is at the antenna, which it ends up being, big kill. 

Speaker 1: (22:31)
Okay. So again, 2016, Alison and Bruno, number one team in the world, basically unstoppable. Good team to study. Alright, so here is Juan, passing a ball straight in front of him. Look at this. Look at the step-shuffle guys. If you have practiced with me, or if you haven't, pass step, shuffle. This is how you create the space, right? Step, shuffle. Look at this one more time. Step, shuffle. This is how he creates space between his hitting arm and the setter. And then Ontiveros leads the hitting arm so that we can come in with power. We can freeze Bruno back here and that opens up a high line. Yeah, just like that. Just like that. That's not scripted, but that's exactly how you want to do it. You can freeze that player there. So again, we're talking about creating space for your hitting arm and if we have a few right-side attacks, we can see that as well. 

Speaker 1: (23:39)
We're going to see it in a second. My computer is heating up so Enrico I know you're from Santa Monica. Thank you. All right, another left side attack. Look, pass, step shuffle. You guys. If you were at my Long Beach, Oceanside clinic in New York, we worked on this for the last 25 minutes of the clinic. Right? Pass, step, shuffle, step shuffle. He does another one, creates great space for his hitting arm and he gets brought back a little bit, which I don't like because that set fell over his head. So I don't really like where this set ended up because it didn't accelerate the hitting arm. Yeah. And he nearly got into trouble there. Nearly got into trouble but he was able to get out of it. Okay. We always want to accelerate the hitting arm. I want a break there. 

Speaker 1: (24:44)
Not, you know, so that we're going to stop or anything. We still have a long way to go, but I'm going to open this up to Q and. A. All right. If you guys have any questions, let's enter them in the next minute and if you have any questions, go ahead and I will type into that Q and a session. If not, we're going to be sort of moving on to the next key, but this is creating space for the hitting arm. If you are a left side attacker, the right handed attack, you need to step, shuffle outside. So step, shuffle left, okay. And that will create space between your hitting arm. If you're a right handed attacker, maybe we can get one attack out of Bruno over here. 

Speaker 1: (25:33)
Let's see. Okay, we'll get one more point here. My computer's heating up a little bit. Out serve. Let me see if we can find a right side attack. No. Both teams have pretty strict strategies right now. Just serving the left sides. Okay, one more. So I want you to take a look at this one more time. This is where Alison passes from. I'll leave my mouse there and look how he works off the net and outside creating space. This is where they're trying to run their offense from. This is where Alison is most comfortable attacking. So that's where we're developing the set and that's why Alison gets wide out here so that he has space to lead his hitting shoulder. No, I just rewound. Sorry. That was weird. Okay. Creates that space. Bruno leads him and boom, down the line. Awesome. Being left handed. My distance needs to be less. 

Speaker 1: (26:47)
Jacob, I see that in the chat. If you guys have questions... We've got four Q and A's. Hi from Boston. Can we download this webinar when we're done? Guys, I'm going to make the, uh, the webinar downloadable. It'll take a little bit, but I'm probably going to throw it up on the blog. Can you do that? Um, so let me take away that Q and A. Being left-handed, my distance needs to be less. So we talk about the difference. This is a good question. Jacob Martinez. Thank you. We need to create space for our hitting arm. So if we're a right handed player on the right side, like this guy just did, darn it. You got to hit. Okay. Right handed play on the right side. That means if we're going to create space for our right shoulder, that means that we may have to move in a little bit closer to our setter. Alright, we're going to give a, we're going to give it one more try. Yeah, left sides. Again, creating space. Look at this. This is the same way as Jake and Casey made before. We only have a little bit of space for hitting shoulder, but Ontiveros, this setter, he feels this space, so he sets again a little more strictly straight up. 

Speaker 1: (28:08)
We had to move back. He didn't quite lead his setter. He could have led it a little bit more and that got Juan into a little bit of trouble. Okay. And Alison's the best blocker in the world. So yeah. What are you going to do? Well, second best next to Phil. Alright. One more question from the Q and A: Where exactly should a left-handed right. side attacker, be getting their feet to, assuming it's a good pass and there is a scenario where its OK. So the key here in Maga is I'm not going to develop your offense for you. We should have a base where it's an up and down set. Okay. So the question is where should a lefthanded right-side attacker be getting their feet to? Right? We call this a point of hesitation. The McKibbins who are doing a lot in volleyball education right now, if you guys don't know who the McKibbin's are, you should really take a look at some of their videos. 

Speaker 1: (29:03)
They call it "the batter's box". At USA Volleyball. We call it "point of hesitation." We're going to be getting to that in about 10 minutes. So stick with me. But again create space for your hitting shoulder and you'll be alright. How far off the net is an ideal set? Again, that's something we're going to get to in maybe 20, 25 minutes. Okay. We only have about 18 minutes left. Just 20 minutes guys here. So what I want to do is I want to break with our second poll. I hope you guys are cool with that. I just want to ask you guys one question. Have you ever had an on-court coach, right? Coaching and playing hours. This is the difference between everything. Too many people spend their careers just grinding, grinding, grinding. And I did that for a very, very long time where you work on the wrong things, you work hard, you put in constant effort but you don't know where you're going. 

Speaker 1: (30:09)
You think you do and then you watch video and you come up with your own ideas when there are experts out there who can really help you. So I want to launch this poll. Guys, I hope you can answer really quick that way we can move on because I want to talk about... I want to talk about us getting to our point of hesitation. So give me those votes. How many hours have you spent playing beach volleyball? How many hours have you been coached by a designated coach? And those are the only two questions in that poll. Remember guys, if you... If you're at a tournament, you're probably, if you spend an entire day there, I know you're there from seven o'clock until 8:00 PM until it's getting dark, you've probably only played maybe three hours of volleyball. So keep that in mind. 

Speaker 1: (31:02)
A practice, you're getting tons of reps, you're getting two hours straight of volleyball. But if you're at a tournament, maybe that's two only three hours. So if you're getting knocked out of tournaments early, stick around, ask somebody to play, you know, get those reps in and get that advantage. But if you get knocked out of pool play, yeah, stay, play extra matches. Ask anybody else if they want to play and that'll get you further in your game. Okay. Um, less than 50, between 50 and 200 a lot. A lot more than 500. How many hours have you been coached by then? I really want you guys to look at the results of this poll. 

Speaker 1: (31:47)
The majority of people have played more than 500 hours and the majority have gotten coached less than 25 hours. That means you have, yeah, at the max 475 hours where you are kind of just blindly going into something without help, without assistance. When in some places in the country and some places in the world, there aren't, you know, terribly awesome coaches, but there are coaches available. If you guys want to come to a camp, you can come out to California and we can lead you there. But if you're going at somebody and you're going at something and you really want to get better at it and you're not finding the right teachers or you're not finding any teachers and then you complain about your, or you're upset or, and it gets you down to just get knocked out in the pool play. Man, coaches help you help you skip so much. 

Speaker 1: (32:48)
They help you skip so much time and so many mistakes that you could be making for years to get some from somebody who knows. You know, I just, they didn't hire coaches for a long time and then three years ago I started making that jump. I said, okay, I'm going to start paying coaches. And there were things that, BOOM, man, they clicked right away, like immediate points. So you guys need to pay really, really specific attention to this and say that, okay, I'm spending this much of my life trying to get good at something and I haven't hired somebody who is going to lead me there. Just want to point that out. Now we are moving on to point of hesitation. We're going to start over. We're going to go to a women's match. Sara Hughes was nice enough to give us her match against Ludwig - Walkenhorst from the 2016 season. 

Speaker 1: (33:45)
Again, these are probably America's future gold medalists versus the 2016 gold medalists and we're going to look at their points of hesitation here. So, uh, we talked about creating space from the hitting shoulder. You guys are going to see more of that. So I want you to notice that notice that all of these girls are setting the outside or leading the hitting shoulder, right? And their footwork after the past is creating that space. And that's massive. I'm going to move my chat boxes over here so we can, I have to leave later. Whitley, we will do more of these. Thanks for coming and, uh, talk to you later. Hmm. Okay. So this is one time where we have a passer of Walkenhorst, gold medalist, and we're not going to complain about her, but she doesn't move in. She doesn't create massive space for her hearing arm, but her setter... Watch this, her setter will lead her right shoulder. 

Speaker 1: (34:44)
So Walkenhorst stays outside, right? And the set goes boom outside of her right shoulder. This leads the attack and makes the high line available. If this set falls in here, that high line has to go much higher. It gets Sarah who's pretty quick, a chance to get there. So setter found the outside of the right shoulder and Walkenhorst. She made sure that she had a little bit of space so that Laura could set her. Let me move this down a little bit. Okay. This is Austria. This is Klagenfurt, was the top tournament in the world. So Kelly gets this pass right here. Look where she passes it. Boom. Okay. That's where her body was when she passed and she keeps creating the space. Look at the space. She's got six, seven feet for her hitting shoulder and the set right? Sarah leads her hitting arm. Again, same thing, leading the hitting arm and the hitter. The passer makes it easier by creating that space. Man, that's so massively important. If you guys are sitting still and you're staying where the server served you, you're cutting your own offense. You don't even have your own offense. You're just taking what somebody gives you and you're eating it. That's gross. You need to make your own dinner here. 

Speaker 1: (36:15)
Alright. Um, again, we're going to see the serve on the gold medalist. Again, she stays wide. Okay. She gets pulled over and she stays wide. But watch what Laura does. She does her best to lead the hitting shoulder. You won't see this a lot. You won't see people going super wide like this because it cuts vision. Right? Now that she has to look over here for the set. Her vision is cut on the other side because if you're looking left and up, it's really difficult for you to look forward. So your vision is cut. Well, we can all see that. Good dig by Sarah. Nice. Nice little touch. Okay, let's see it again. Germany, Olympic gold medalists, great eyes, great eyes and those Olympic gold medalists... and serve into the net. We have another sort of into the net here. Yeah. Great, great, great. See the top teams in the world? They miss serves too everybody.

Speaker 1: (37:10)
Just so you know. Okay. Passing from here. Look where she passed? Right. So she didn't pass in front of her. She passed over here, but she still has this space for her hitting arm and the set leads the hitting shoulder. All right. I hope we, I hope we really got that. Um, and that, that's, that's really, I want to do with it, the hitting arm and space principle. So, so that's what we want to do. Now I want to show you a little bit of sideways angles. I took some pictures and I want to talk to you about the point of hesitation and where we're at. Uh, at the same time we're going to talk about timing steps. I think I have another poll for you guys. Let me just check this out. 

Speaker 1: (37:58)
I want you guys to be pretty interactive here. So we talked about coaching and players action. We're studying film here and I think it's massively important to study film. Again, if you see your favorite players, you see that they're, you know, some of the younger guys especially are posting about what they're doing, what happened in practice, some replays, which tells you that current professionals and people who are at the top of the game are constantly studying film. So I have a second poll or a third or fourth poll and I just want you guys to answer this. Let's how it goes. Uh, if you guys understand that there are mirrors in gyms, they aren't, so you can flex and look good. They are so you can check your technique, right? We can slo-mo film, we can see where we're at. Man, if I... there have been times when I've worked on something for weeks and I've worked on it and worked on it and worked on it and said, I'm doing it, I'm doing it, I'm doing it. 

Speaker 1: (39:02)
And then I went back and I checked film and my hands were still behind my hips on defense and it drove me insane. And you can't figure that stuff out until you see yourself on film. And you can't really make yourself do things religiously until you see it on film. So that's where this questioning is lined up. I just want you guys to see for yourselves, right? How much time you spent playing volleyball, how much time you spent studying it on film and then how much.. Man, 78% of spend less than 25 hours watching themselves on film. A lot of people have watched. That's good. You can study, you can learn a lot from great players, but you man, at the end of a practice, if you're trying to get better, right? If you're trying to get better at the end of a practice at the end of a tournament the next day, two days later, you need to see in real time what you were doing. 

Speaker 1: (40:01)
You have to take that film and it's so easy for us now because we have iPhones, we have easy cameras, we have GoPros, things that have like internal battery life and you shove it in the sand and let it go. It's too easy and it's too valuable of a tool to give up. You can learn so much from film. It'll take your game to the next level. But until you choose to just stick your iPhone in the sand, all right? You're not going to get as good as you can possibly get. And that's what we want. That's what we want of the country. That's what we want in the world. We want everybody's base to increase so that the game can evolve, you're all a part of the growth of the game. And if you're not studying, if you're not looking at yourself on film, you're not improving as fast as you could. 

Speaker 1: (40:47)
So I really, I can't, can't emphasize enough how much you need to watch film and going back to coaches, how much, how much we need to. Mmm. Get a good coach. Somebody who could lead us the right way. So I want to talk about spacing from the net. This is my spacing from the net folder. Okay. I went on YouTube and I took the first two matches that I found. All right? I typed in, I think AVP volleyball and these were the first two matches. I found it. I decided to record the first every set for the first 14 points. So we're talking about spacing from the net. Now, learning how to attack, talking about spacing from the net. Um, for those of you are just joining us, name's Mark. Hi, how are I run Bali. Kim Moza if you guys want to do camps, private lessons. Okay. Uh, that's my little plug. I don't have too many plugs, but that's one of them. Okay. So as far as timing, let me check in on the Q and. A. 

Speaker 1: (41:50)
Nope. Nope, Nope. Okay. Again, if you guys haven't added question, use the Q and A button. I will answer them either in a blog form or by personal email afterwards. I love your questions. Go ahead and answer in Q and A or ask them in the Q and A. So this is Santos Priddy versus Allen Slick. This is a semifinal. I think it's San Francisco. Yeah, it's San Francisco. Okay. We want to have our right foot. This is a four step approach. And guys, 98, 99% of the world is on a four step approach for beach volleyball. And I want you to check out how it works. Okay? Cause I took the first two matches that I found that some of the best players in the world, and this is what we found for the first 14 points of each. So this is the set. This is the first set. 

Speaker 1: (42:37)
We have spacing from the net. That's what we're talking about. Look at the distance from the net. This is Reid Priddy whose about to attack and Ricardo Santos, who was one of the best blockers in the world, who's about to set him. Reid Priddy's starting at about three quarters depth. He's behind half court. So I can't emphasize enough that you have to start behind half court before the setter contacts the ball. That's where you need to be. If you're closer than that, you're in trouble. You've cut your height, you've cut your speed, you've cut your vision, stay back. Okay, stay back. See the set in front of you. So this is picture number one, right? This is not a video. These are just a series of screenshots. All right, this is the first set. Boom. This is the second set of the match. Again, look where Reid is, about three quarters distance, right step on the set. The first step of the approach, right step is on the set. Ricardo setting. Reid is behind half-court on his right step. Okay, onto the next one. 

Speaker 1: (43:42)
So, Billy got served short here I think if I remember serving, but he's at half court on his right step as Stafford is setting him right? Good spacing from the net. You cannot be closer than half court if possible. You cannot be closer than half court before that set because you're cutting your vision and you're cutting your vertical. Uh, again, we're going to keep going. These are, this is every set, every set for the first 14 points. Billy is about to get on his right foot. Stafford is contacting the ball right now and we're behind half court. I'm going to keep going. We're going to keep rolling with this. Okay. Look at this distancing right here. Um, yeah, this is Billy taking the approach Stafford setting, I believe. Uh, way behind half court set has just left the arms and now we're getting onto the right foot. 

Speaker 1: (44:36)
Right? A lot of us are on three-step approaches, but we need to be again, right foot on the set behind half court. And uh, I want to bring you guys straight to a women's match, right? Because maybe you guys don't believe me. Maybe. Maybe women should be on a three step approach. Garbage. Watch this. Okay, so this is Sarah Hughes and Kelly Claes versus Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat, right? Brooke Sweat went to the Olympics. Summer has been crushing it from a young age and these guys are Kelly and Sarah and crushing it and will continue to crush it. So behind half court, right foot on the set. I hope we can all see that. I'm going to keep moving. Second set of the match. Yeah, so bad pass probably we had, so the set is coming from the back half of the court. 

Speaker 1: (45:29)
Can you guys all see that? I hope you guys can, you said it's coming from the back half of the court. Right foot is down and we're behind half court. Again, creating space, allowing ourselves a full approach. Again, Summer is setting Brooke who is a shorter player. I know if you're short, you should start closer. Well Brooke is a little bit of shorter player and she's a shooter. She's not a hitter. She's got great vision, incredible athleticism and this is where she's starting. Okay. She is stepping on to half court as the set is being touched, right foot first step of a four step approach on the set. This is all stuff that we, that we go over in camps, guys, um, is all stuff that we do in our private lessons. So if you're interested in getting better, if you want to take the next jump in your game, please, please, please sign up. 

Speaker 1: (46:23)
Right step on the set. Same thing again. Okay. Do not rush that. You cannot rush that. If you slow down your approach, you cut your efficiency quick. Summer setting, Brooke on or behind half court on the right foot. I'll give you guys one more. Look at this. Again, these are just, this is just the first 14 points of the match and another bad pass. Um, this is where Kelly is setting and Kelly is on her right foot behind half court. Even when the set is coming from the back of back half of the court. This is where we're starting to go. Okay. Kind of super simple. Um, that was the last one. Okay. Again, Summer is setting and Brooke is behind that court. Another really good pass. Last picture right here. Um, who's this? Okay, so Kelly's approaching her right step is on half court and the ball is touching the setter's hands. 

Speaker 1: (47:27)
So yes, if you're not watching film, you need to record yourself on iPhone, record yourself on camera, make sure that you're taking a look at this. And I need you guys to pause at the same place that I pause these videos; on setter contact. Take a look at where you are. Take a look at where your feet are and what they're doing because this is all about timing steps. Yeah. So right on the right foot, on or behind half court on the set. Um, and that's, that's where we want to be. So yeah, attacking takes so much. Um, I, I know that today time got pinched. Um, and I, I really want to thank you guys all for showing up here. Um, I'm going to let this video play, but this is me and Tri versus Bockermann Fluggen. They were one of the top teams in 2016 and I was lucky enough to get to play with, Tri for a couple of tournaments down in Brazil. But guys, um, this, this is just a small example of our attack session, right? 

Speaker 1: (48:35)
Uh, this is a lot of what we do and this is how much you can get out of it. So I just want to run a couple more polls and I hope you guys stay with me just through these polls. I want to take a little assessment of where you guys are of what you thought of this webinar. And this is one of our sort of exit polls. We have one more after this. And as a bonus, uh, I just ran a poll. I hope you guys can vote on that. As a bonus. I'm giving anybody who's attending this webinar right now... anybody who is on this, we have video sessions, VolleyCamp video session, which I am going to include in the chat box. Okay? I'm going to give you this discount and it's 45 minutes of a one on one coaching session, right via video, via screen share, just like we're doing 45 minutes and you get to be with a current professional player and they will critique your own game. 

Speaker 1: (49:44)
Okay? I'm going to give you guys a massive discount. I've already planned this in advance and I'm going to give you the link right now. It's at VolleyCampHermosa.com. You guys can do this except you send us, you send us your videos and we go through it piece by piece with you. Okay, so take a look at VolleyCampHermosa.com. I'm sending you guys this link right now and for anybody who's still alive, who signed up through our, through our email list, Mmm, we're doing something that we've only done one time before. We're going to give everybody a hundred dollars per person discount on camps. If you guys are out of town, if you want to come to one of our camps, seven days, um, seven days of coaching from professional players and see what Hermosa is all about. We really invite you here. 

Speaker 1: (50:42)
We want to get you going here and uh, we're going to keep this open until tomorrow morning at 12 o'clock or tomorrow at noon. Um, a hundred dollar discount. If you want to go ahead and buy a camp right now, I really invite you to, and where is this? VolleyCamp video one-on-one analysis guys, right now there's a sale running. It's usually $60 for 45 minutes. You send us your video and a professional volleyball player will sit down with you on the same computer screen share and show you what you are doing wrong and what you can do better. Again, we talked about how important video is and how important a coach is, and I know that coaches aren't available everywhere. So if you want to take advice from somebody, take advice from somebody who's doing it at the highest level possible and sign up for this. 

Speaker 1: (51:35)
It's $30. We're, we've undercut it by 50% and I really hope that you guys sign up for this. It's a huge advantage. Um, we are going to cut it at 15 people. We want to make it worth it for current professional athletes. So normally it's 60, but right now we're cutting it 50% so we're cutting it at 15 people. I hope you guys sign up.It's $30 and 45 minutes. You send us your video, we take you through all of your games, anything that you want to fix. And if, if you can win more points right now, wouldn't you take that chance? I mean you really to win more points right now to get out of pool, to win the next match, like the $30 investment to win a few more points and break pool is... For me, it's massive. So, um, I'm going to in the chat box, I'm going to send you this right here. 

Speaker 1: (52:29)
Again, this is going to be open until tomorrow at noon or until we get 15 people. So if you look in the chat box and you're keeping track on the actual webinar, not on Facebook live, Facebook live, if we don't fill it up, I will send it to you later. Um, but if you want first crack at this next webinar, then I'm going to ask you to sign up for our email list. Hopefully you get in there. So email list attendees, you guys get first crack at it because we're only going to do 15. Again, these are, this is time with professional athletes where you get to sit with them one-on-one, talk with them, chat with them, they watch your video and tell you how to be better. And I think that's a really cool opportunity. Alternatively, if you guys come to a camp, if you sign up for a camp before tomorrow at noon, I'm going to send this link again and Facebook, I will send it later, you guys sign up for a camp right now and here is the discount code. Same thing. Discount code is coming. Okay? 

Speaker 1: (53:38)
You guys are getting a $100 discount on any camp and you guys get a free one-on-one video analysis before you get here to account. So if you want to sign up for seven days of training in California and you want to fly in, fly out here, like again, we've run this discount for 16 people and it was in New York and it was very special occasion, but this is the largest discount I've ever run. If you guys want to come to a camp, use this one that I put just into this, uh, into the webinar chat. Um, and if we don't fill it up with again, 15 people and if we don't fill it up by noon, then I will open it up to Facebook until we get 15. I hope you guys join in and um, yeah, uh, good coaching just to end. Good coaching has never been so available. 

Speaker 1: (54:34)
Um, you've got John Mayer and Niels Nielsen and Andrew Fuller and John Mayer all doing their own Coach Your Brains out podcast, right? They're doing awesome things and they're teaching you how to be a better coach and how to be a better player. The McKibbins are throwing out really awesome information. I've been offering this camp and lessons for three years now. Okay. The game is growing and we want you to be a part of it and there's so much out there available and you can be so much better, so quickly. I hope you guys take the opportunity to just enjoy the sport more. This is my first webinar. I hope you guys love it. I hope you enjoyed it. We're going to open up a Q and A right now, so if you have questions, stick around. I'll stay around for another 15 minutes. If you guys have individual questions, we're talking mainly about offense, but if we don't get too many questions, I'll stick around and uh, thank you for joining me. 

Speaker 1: (55:30)
Really appreciate it. Um, I love that you let me be a part of your journey. Really. I think coaches are a special thing and if you choose a coach, I think that's even more special. So I take it to heart. I love coaching. I love playing and I hope you guys come to some tournaments and I hope you come to a camp or sign up for a private lesson and really, really, really film your practices, film your matches. If you want to sign up for this discount, send it to us and I can win you more points wow, in the off season. Myself, the other coaches, we have Kerri Schuh, Jeff Samuels, I'll throw some to Andrew Dentler, the McKibbin's if they want to do some of those video reviews and all these guys who just, you know, if you want to support professional careers and you want to get really good advice from top of line players, please, please, please sign up for this. 

Speaker 1: (56:23)
Again, we're going to cut it at 15 or at 12 noon tomorrow. It's $30 for 45 minute private, one on one session where a professional is critiquing your game. Okay. Um, that's, that's my end of the pitch and I really want to open this up to Q. And. A. So I'm going to check in with the Q. And. A. I'm getting a bunch of them right now and I'm going to stick around and hang out with you guys for a bit. Thank you for attending. If you guys are on your way out, I am going to send out one more. Uh, we did it already. No, I don't have any more calls. Um, thanks for coming. Sign up for our email list. Sign up for a camp, sign up for private lessons and sign up for the one on one video session if you guys can't make it out to California. Um, thank you so much for coming and let's open it up to Q and A right now so I'll be around. 

Speaker 1: (57:19)
Good stuff, Carl. Thank you. Thank you Mark. Thanks. Hope to see you soon. Dan. We should, I had video. Yeah. Awesome. Awesome. GoPro. Alright. Q and A. We still got 33 people here left. I like it. So let's start from the top. Can we download this webinar when we're done? Yeah, it will be available in a couple of days. I started from behind half court. They told me the other day I was too far and in fact I couldn't contact the ball. The set must be high enough for that to work right. Okay. So Eric, uh, sorry, Enrico Teotti asked, um, he said he was starting from behind half court and they told him the other day that he was too far and in fact couldn't contact the ball. The set must be high enough for that to work. Right. How high, how high is kind of a, a tough question guys. 

Speaker 1: (58:20)
I'm going to let this video run just for fun. Um, so that you guys can keep checking it out and I'll answer questions along the way so that you can be entertained and I'll answer your questions at the same time. So there are speed sets, right? Teams, teams are operating with speed sets, uh, Gold Medal Squared and USA Volleyball, we call this a "first step set" where you are getting on to your first of four steps as the set is being contacted. Okay. So you still need enough room to accelerate. The one of the most common mistakes that I see in I guess amateur players is that they want a really low set and that's not entirely a mistake. It becomes a timing mistake and then you become very specific because the higher set allows you an opportunity to get your feet to the ball better. 

Speaker 1: (59:18)
Right? People mistake a low set as them hitting more comfortably, but you have a shorter time to keep your eye on the other side of the court, right? You can't really look at the other side of the court. You have to focus on the ball coming out of the hands because it's going to be in a very specific place. Okay. I hope that makes sense so far. Um, now a lower set makes people feel in control because the ball is kind of sitting more on a T. But with a higher set, the ball is moving faster and you have to move your eyes just a little bit more. So it makes your contact less consistent until you train it. And yeah, everybody, I mean, until you're running actual speed sets, the entire world tour is sitting at minimum four balls above the top of the antenna. And if you want to challenge beyond that, that's fine. 

Speaker 1: (01:00:19)
But I want you to sit on the stands and I want you to sit yourself at antenna height at any pro event. Like really pick that seat at half court, look at, look at the top of the antenna and see where the pass is and where the sets are going so that we can see it in actual real time because sets are getting lifted. Um, and if you're not getting on your right step as the set is being touched, uh, that can be a timing issue as well. So you have to communicate with your center. The center has to be comfortable with lifting a ball enough for you. But th the way we study here is looking at the top players in the world and what they're doing right? And we see that the top players in the world, everybody who is in the Olympics, this is, this is what they're doing and we like to emulate what the best do. 

Speaker 1: (01:01:05)
And once everybody emulates the best, then the best become the next evolution of the game. So I hope that answers your question, Enrico. Ask your setter to set a little higher if you want to get to the next level and make sure that you have enough space, right step on or behind half court as the setter is setting. And if they give you a nice lifted set high enough, you should have a great attack. Just like you see these guys attacking here. Inconsistent setters. How do you recommend practicing offense when playing with inconsistent setters? This is a question from Eric. Thank you Eric. Dad, I don't know if you're still watching and I hope not to offend you. Uh, I think that I have pretty excellent feet to ball, which means that I can get my feet to anywhere and hopefully I can get my hitting shoulder available. 

Speaker 1: (01:02:00)
And I accredit that to practicing with my father a lot who I tried to pick up volleyball, uh, at the ripe age of, I don't know, 59, 58, and he was sitting everywhere. The important thing is keeping space from a net, right? Because we want to play, this is from Tori Grafeman actually who was one of our coaches. She said, play for good and react to bad. So expect your setter to give you something great. Expect them to give you an up and down set something nice and high and lifted. And then if it becomes poopy, yeah, alright, then you can adjust to it. But if it was, if it was a poopy set to begin with, you're not going to get a kill regardless. So we want to again, wait, if good, react to bed. So keep your space and then make sure your patient don't try to time the set. Be walking on your right foot and patiently holding back as your setter is touching the ball. 

Speaker 1: (01:03:01)
And that's the best advice that I could give for inconsistent setters. Make sure that you are creating space for your hitting shoulder. That's massively important. Make sure you're creating space for your hitting shoulder and you have good space. Um, hope that answers that for you Eric. Best way to practice looking at defense as I jump. Tom. Uh, I'm going to answer that probably in a blog or during our next webinars and make sure that you sign up for that. Um, just make sure that one, two, three, four right left, right, left. Get your eyes shooting forward on right, left, right, left, right. So right left, look left. So you want to look on your third step and then get your eyes on the ball. So make sure that you find the set, get your feet to where the set is, and as you plan for your jump, that's when your eyes come forward. 

Speaker 1: (01:03:57)
Take a look at these videos on YouTube and I want you to pause during each step of the approach and take a look at the head because you'll see their head either dip forward for dip down for vision and really pay attention to that pause during each step of the set on YouTube. So easy. Um, and then you'll see where the best players in the world when and where they're looking, what step they're on and what this means. Okay. When and where is our next destination camp, Lucas. We're considering, um, Spain joining up and partnering with sensation beach again who have been running camps. Oh man. I've been running great camps for years. Um, I really want to go away, but at the same time, all of our coaches are current professional players and uh, I have to schedule it so that we have the best coaches available for you guys. 

Speaker 1: (01:04:50)
Um, and it doesn't interrupt their training. So we will run some, some volleyball vacations and we will have good destinations, but they're coming up, uh, as a, as a two person company, me and Alison have been trust me working our tails off. So I hope that's a good enough answer for you. As a lefty hitting on the right side in your mind, what's the best approach when the set is thrown so far that you can't get your feet around? Better to use the left and fade away or go with the off hand? But it's an interesting question. Um, that said, do I just use my right or do I control, try to control with my left? 

Speaker 1: (01:05:35)
I mean that's a really good question. If it's, if it's really a bad set, you know, you just get it. Yeah, whatever hand you can on it and hopefully your mind can make the best decision in that case. A lot of ambidexterous players can throw blockers and defenses off. Uh, I know Maddison McKibbin, I know Sean Rosenthal and Hudson Bates, they've all been, and Sean Scott have been really successful being able to use both hands because the blocker can't line that up. But if you have a really bad set, I would say, um, get a better setter. 

Speaker 1: (01:06:10)
Ooh, this is good. Andrew Verhelst any tips on slowing down the first step of the approach? AKA not getting happy feet? I, um, I kind of make fun of slash admire Casey Patterson. And if you guys are still around, how many people do we still have? Oh man, we still got 28 people. Watch them. Alright, I'll hang out with guys. So we still have Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb. Um, I kind of make fun of Casey Patterson for doing this, but again, at the same time I admire - there he is. When Casey gets served, he does this little stand up straight I think. Right? It's not served there. I'm going to keep fast-forwarding. Can you guys see the screen? Say yes if you can see the screen. 

Speaker 1: (01:07:13)
Yes. Chris. Age 12 new messages. 13 new messages. Can't believe you guys have stuck around this long, but thank you. Doing so. Alright. Everybody's serving Jake, which is unfortunate right now. Okay. One time. So Casey does this thing where on the set he sort of stands up really, really tall and that helps him brake himself. And uh, the key that I give to my players when you guys come do a camp is walk on the set. So I want you to stand up and just put your right foot out forward instead of trying to accelerate because too many people try to accelerate too fast. And if you watch some more videos of Casey Patterson, you'll see him after the pass stand up, super straight, almost like peacocking and, and that allows him to um, brake himself. I don't know if he started that intentionally or he just says excellent posture, but that would be my advice is remind yourself, walk on the first, on the step on the right step on that, uh, on the set. No, I hope that answered it and again, upgrade some blogs out of that and see where we go. 

Speaker 1: (01:08:29)
One more question. As you mentioned, spacing on the approach is critical. Can you talk about speed of approach? One thing I've been struggling with is starting slow and exploding. Spam. Yeah. The key is slow to fast. I encourage you guys. Okay, so the question is spacing on the approach and point of hesitation. It's critical. Can you talk about speed of approach? One thing I have been struggling with starting slow and exploding fast. Slow to is key that USA Volleyball indoor and beach have been using consistently for years. We've got a bunch of gold medals to prove that it's pretty effective. So yeah, make sure that you have spacing and starting slow and exploding fast. I encourage you guys to see the actual set and then go. A lot of people really try to time the set and the first step, the first step of your four is really just, do you ever get into first gear in your car? 

Speaker 1: (01:09:31)
And that's, you know, you're just rolling but you're not actually going anywhere. That's what your first step is. You're just rolling forward and you're not accelerating yet. You're, you're just seeing what's going on and that's what you want to do on your first step. When you see that set, you're just rolling over that right foot and then seeing where you need to get your foot, uh, where you need to get your next step. So stop trying to time the ball, start trying to see sets and then accelerate to them. I hope that helps. Um, any tips on slowing down the first step of the approach? Yeah. Last one. How do you adjust your point of hesitation and approach when you make a bad pass? One that doesn't go forward? Shaddinon, this is a really excellent question. How do you adjust your point of hesitation and approach? 

Speaker 1: (01:10:21)
When you make a bad pass or one that doesn't go forward like a pass to the back half of the court for me and for a lot of players, as soon as you pass your, your, you know where that pass is going to end up, right? So then you have to pick where you want to end up attacking the ball. We want to attack every ball about three to four feet, three to four feet from the net, right? But you have to decide where you want to end up attacking that ball. Then do you need to keep that space from the net? Make sure, again, you're at half court or behind and you have to have created space for your hitting arm. You need to create space for your fitting arm in order to do that. So, um, if you pass to the back half of the court, I'm going to pick a spot on the net. 

Speaker 1: (01:11:13)
I want, I'm to tell my setter, middle or outside, which means maybe three feet from there. I'm going to say middle or outside and that is where my setter is going to aim and that's where I've created space for them. So I hope that makes sense. Shaddin, thanks for that question. Really good question. If you get a bad pass then you need to pick a spot. You need to tell your setter where to set you and then create space from that so that you can accelerate your hitting shoulder into that area. Um, yeah. Okay. Um, that is the end of those questions. If you guys have stuck through it to the end. Thanks for your Friday evening. Have a really good time. I just gave the Hawaiian shakas even though I'm from New York, that's weird, uh, been in California too long guys. 

Speaker 1: (01:12:04)
Thanks for, thanks for letting me do this. Thanks for sticking around again. Make sure you guys are jumping on these deals, uh, and ensure that you keep learning and progressing volleyball cause you're a part of the evolution of the sport. So thanks for sticking around. Thanks for everything, Paul. Awesome. Michael. Thank you Dina. Thanks for sticking around and uh, give me a call if you guys have my number, send me an email if you guys have more questions. We are going to be running another one of these at some point if you guys enjoyed it, have a good Friday. Everybody's fine. Shakas again?!

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