Attacking in Volleyball: Approach Footwork and TimingMay 19, 2023
APPROACH FOOTWORK AND TIMING
Hey guys, one of the videos that you're about to watch is our AVP Pro Coach Logan Webber coaching our athletes at our St Pete Beach Training Camp on how to perfect your approach timing and the other video is an example of one of our beach volleyball lessons from our attacking course: Approach footwork. We have a lot of different lessons, tips, drills and tutorials that are built into our attacking course. We also strive to deliver over 20 HOURS of training during our training camps in St Pete Beach.
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Your approach is the most important part of your attack in beach volleyball. We are going to teach you a four-step approach, I suggest 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.
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How to Spike a Volleyball - Approach Footwork EXPLAINED
One common theme that we see as volleyball coaches is that after somebody passes they tend to run up to the volleyball net to start their approach. It's nearly impossible to hit a ball well when you are standing and waiting very close to the net. If you notice in the video, I take four steps right left, right, left, now I am super tight to the net and that's something that we want to avoid.
So the first thing that we are going to talk about when learning how to spike in beach volleyball is keeping this distance between you and the net so that you will have the ball in front of you at all times.
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 to fast.
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Another issue that we see is that people have ONE, consistent speed from their first step to their last step. If you have that, then your ability to adjust is not as good as it needs to be. 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.
Now we're going to be thinking about the distance of our steps, which is going to go small, bigger and then biggest. When we are approaching to hit a volleyball, those biggest steps are going to be our last two steps right before we go on the attack. After we pass the ball, we should gather ourselves a little bit. Do not rush to the net. Once the setter touches the ball, that is when our first step of our approach initiates.
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We're going to slowly put our right foot down on the ground. This should feel like you're walking down the street with one of your friends after you got a coffee and you're just enjoying the day. So our first two steps are going to feel very, very calm. So once again we are going from slow to fast and from small to big. After we make this pass, we are gathering ourselves. We see the setter touch the ball. We are putting down our right step, our left step, and then our last two steps allowing for us to make a strong attack. If you are a right handed attacker, then your steps should go right, left, right, left. If you are a left handed attacker, then you need to do the opposite, which is going to be left right, left, right, which then you would jump in the air and that's when you would perform your swing.
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