Gain your max vertical and start jumping higher, hitting harder, and moving faster.
The Four Step Approach and Jump Mechanics
Before diving into the mechanics you need to jump higher in volleyball, you should know where you start your approach. Brandon explains this key point in our video
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The size and speed of your steps are crucial to perfecting your jumping mechanics.
“Small and slow to fast and big”
Your approach is the most important part of your attack in beach volleyball.
We recommend that everybody use a four-step approach because it is going to give you enough time, patience and power to make whatever swing you are trying to make. With that four-step approach, you are going to want to use as much distance between you and the net as you can. Click and save this image for future reference when doing your drills for our Attacking Master Course or just for when you are feeling like your timing is off during your games.
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The next thing that we need to think about is the timing of our footwork. As you go through your approach from your first step to your fourth step, it should go from “slow and small to fast and big.”
One issue that we see is people having ONE, consistent speed from their first step to their last step. If you have that, then your ability to adjust needs some attention. Make sure you are starting off slow and you are finishing very fast or explosive. That's going to allow you to get up in the air as high as possible, allowing you to effectively hit whatever shot you want.
Jump training and the proper exercises will help give your body a “leg up” on the competition. Mark has put these tried and true methods together for you and can be found in our
Now, you are going to be thinking about the distance of your steps, which is going to go "small and slow, to fast and bigger and then biggest." When you are approaching to hit a volleyball, the “biggest and explosive” steps are going to be your last two steps (the step-close) right before you go on the attack.
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After passing the ball, you should gather yourself and not rush to the net. Once the setter touches the ball, that is when our FIRST step of the approach initiates. You will then slowly put your right foot (for right handed hitters) down on the ground. This should feel like you're walking down the street with one of your friends after brunch and you're just enjoying the day.
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Your first two steps are going to feel very, very calm. To reiterate - you will go from “slow and small to fast and big”. After you make your pass, you remain calm and assess the situation. You will see the setter touch the ball. This is where you are starting to put down your right step, your left step, and then your last two steps allowing you to make a strong attack. If you are a left handed hitter, your steps will be left step, right step, and then your step close.
We have given you the proper steps to mastering your approach with the information above. However, if you are still wondering how to get the maximum effort out of your steps and become the most explosive out of the sand, you will need to think about how your feet are positioned as well as how they are contacting the ground with each of your steps. This is just as important as the speed in which you approach maintaining power and giving you the ability to achieve the max vertical you dream about.
Mark describes the differences between indoor volleyball and beach volleyball approaches, and how to get your foot positioning and ground contact set up to bounce balls with those spicy spikes! All the details are in this YouTube Video
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