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Beach Volleyball Highlights With Rising Star Sarah Sponcil

 If you're interested in this blog on beach volleyball, you may be interested in our serving course, which, of course, is the first line of defense in, ahem, defense. It'll will have you serving more accurately, with more power, in just a few weeks! We'd also love to have you drop by one -- or more -- of our beach volleyball classes in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, or anywhere in the South Bay!

Sarah Sponcil is going to be one of those names you hear in sports for a long, long time. She's the rare kind of athlete and beach volleyball player where it's all but certain that generations from now, people will still be talking about her. 

They'll be mentioning her scorpion digs, or flying squirrel digs, or saucy hand sets, or limitless grit, or goofy swagger. With good reason, too. Sponcil is a two-time National Champion out of UCLA, and she didn't even take the time to graduate before she went full-time on the FIVB Tour. Her and Kelly Claes hopped on a...

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Drill: Beach Volleyball Double Juke Training for Defenders

If you're interested in this blog on serving and how to play defense in beach volleyball, you may be interested in our serving course, which, of course, is the first line of defense in, ahem, defense. It will have you serving more accurately, with more power, in just a few weeks! We'd also love to have you drop by one -- or more -- of our beach volleyball classes in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, or anywhere in the South Bay! 

There is a common yet underrated skill that is involved in pretty much every sport you can think of -- basketball, soccer, baseball, beach volleyball, indoor volleyball, football, hockey, you get the point. 

It's juking. 

Think about it: Basketball players feint one way, only to go the next -- it's the most basic move, the crossover. Soccer players live off a shifty juke. Baseball players stealing use jukes to fake out the pitcher. Barry Sanders was the King of the Juke during his heydey with the Lions (do yourself a...

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Beach Volleyball Drills for Ball Control: 6 Guns

If you're interested in this blog on serving and how to play defense in beach volleyball, you may be interested in our serving course, which, of course, is the first line of defense in, ahem, defense. It'll will have you serving more accurately, with more power, in just a few weeks! We'd also love to have you drop by one -- or more -- of our beach volleyball classes in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, or anywhere in the South Bay!

In beach volleyball, you'll get a lot of weird touches -- one-hand, opposite hand, pokie, tomahawk. You'll get volleyballs crushed at you and you barely have time to respond. It's all about reaction time, and controlling the ball in spite of having very little reaction time. 

Which is why we designed this beach volleyball ball control drill: Six guns. It'll prepare you for any touch, under any reaction time, you'll find throughout your volleyball practice or match.

Beach Volleyball Drills for Ball Control: 6 Guns 

6 Guns...

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Beach Volleyball Training: Setting Your Feet on Defense

If you're interested in this blog on serving and how to play defense in beach volleyball, you may be interested in our serving course, which, of course, is the first line of defense in, ahem, defense. It'll will have you serving more accurately, with more power, in just a few weeks! We'd also love to have you drop by one -- or more -- of our beach volleyball classes in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, or anywhere in the South Bay!

The most important aspect of defense in beach volleyball isn't the crazy layout dig. It isn't the amazing scoop on the huge swing from the opposing team. It isn't the wild run down or how soon to put out your platform. These are all vital aspects of being an excellent defender in beach volleyball, yes, but the most critical element of defense to focus on is your feet. 

It isn't sexy, but most of the critical elements of sport aren't. In golf, there is a saying "Drive for show, putt for dough." Bombing drives 300-plus yards...

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Float Serving in Beach Volleyball

If you're interested in this blog on beach volleyball serve receive and passing, you may want to take a look at our passing and serve receive course! And, now that the beaches are open again, we'd love to have you drop by one -- or more -- of our beach volleyball classes in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, or anywhere in the South Bay!

It doesn't come in particularly fast. It isn't likely to make many, or any, Instagram highlights. It certainly isn't going to draw huge crowds at your beach volleyball tournament. But one of the most effective weapons in the game of beach volleyball is a float serve. 

If you ask 100 professional beach volleyball players if they'd rather pass a float serve or a top-spin jump serve, most -- especially if it's on a windy day -- would vote for the top-spin serve, any day of the week. Nobody likes passing float serves. 

A float serve is a bit of a misnomer. It doesn't so much float as it does dance. A properly hit float...

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Beach Volleyball Video Analysis Private Lesson: Arm Swing Mechanics, Defensive Positioning, Attack Timing

 

Beach volleyball is an all-encompassing game. When we talk to our students at Better at Beach, sometimes we cover everything -- Beach Volleyball 101 style. In this call with Joe L., AVP Professional beach volleyball player Mark Burik discusses topics A-Z in the game, from good arm swing mechanics to defensive positioning to attack timing. 

It's one of the many products and services we offer here at Better at Beach, and if you'd like to schedule a call with Mark or one of our professional volleyball players, check us out with a 30-minute phone call and film review. We can go over any topic, skill, or question you have -- as we do with Joe in the video below.

We're firm believers that aside from physically practicing and being on the beach, there is nothing that can help your development in beach volleyball as studying your own game from practice and match film. I challenge you to think of a single sport where teams at the highest level don't watch hundreds of hours of...

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Beach Volleyball Attacking Course: Approach Footwork

 

Hey guys, the video that you're about to watch is an example of one of our beach volleyball lessons from our attacking course: Approach footwork, which will be coming out soon. We have a lot of different lessons, tips, drills and tutorials that are built into this attacking course beach volleyball. We guarantee that this will also be an asset to all those indoor players out there. We will teach you all different types of skills that you need in order to become the best attacker possible. Make sure you click subscribe to our Beach Volleyball YouTube channel. Click that little bell for the notifications so that you can be reminded when we are coming out with a video next. Lastly, don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list! Just for becoming a part of our tribe, you'll immediately get a free beach volleyball drill book, "36 Essential Drills for Beach Volleyball".

Be sure to check out our full line of beach volleyball training programs, available now at ...

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AVP Players' Pre-Season Beach Volleyball Workout

 

Follow along as we go through this 60-minute pre-season full-body beach volleyball workout with professional beach volleyball players Mark Burik and Brandon Joyner. There's a wealth of beach volleyball training information, covering strength, conditioning, aerobics and exercises to improve your volleyball skills. 

This workout is part of our 60 Day Strength and Conditioning Program available now at BetteratBeach.com.

 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL MOBILITY WORKOUTS

D) Dynamic Range of Motion - 1 Set of 10 Reps Each Side.

  • Lying Straight Leg Kicks
  • Lying Straight Leg Cross-Over Swings
  • Lying Scorpions
  • Cat/Cow Series
  • Push-Up - Downward Dog / Upward Dog
  • Alternating Calf Stretch
  • Knee Hugs
  • Quad Stretch
  • Lateral Lunge
  • Elbow to Instep/Lunge Twist
  • Warrior One / Triangle Stretch
  • Alternating Pigeon Stretches
  • Deep Squat Twist
  • Open/Hug
  • Straight Arm Swings
  • Clasp Hands Behind Back / Hamstring Stretch and Reach

 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL SHOULDER HEALTH

Static Endurance - 1 Set of 1 Minute...

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How to Warm Up for Volleyball: Full Body Dynamic Range of Motion Series

 

Full Body Dynamic Range of Motion Series for Beach Volleyball

Today we will show you a series of Full Body Dynamic Range of Motion exercises which you can do on your own. Watch this video and see if you can incorporate these exercises into your beach volleyball practice warm-ups. 

  • Lying Straight Leg Kicks
  • Lying Straight Leg Cross Over Swings
  • Lying Scorpions
  • Cat / Cow Series
  • Push Up - Downward Dog / Upward Dog Series
  • Alternating Calf Stretch
  • Knee Hugs
  • Quad Stretch
  • Lateral Lunges
  • Elbow to Instep / Lunge Twist
  • Warrior One / Triangle Stretch
  • Alternating Pigeon Stretches
  • Deep Squat Twist
  • Open / Hug
  • Straight Arm Swings
  • Clasp Hands Behind Back / Hamstring Stretch and Reach

 

Now you're ready for our 60 Day Strength and Conditioning Program for Beach Volleyball. We'll help you achieve greater mobility, strength and speed! 

Become a Better at Beach Silver Member and get access to all of these;

  • Video Library

  • Strength and...

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AVP San Francisco Men's Beach Volleyball Burik/Lorenz vs Allen/Slick

 

Check out this hard-fought beach volleyball match from the AVP San Francisco. Marty Lorenz and Mark Burik came up against Billy Allen and Stafford Slick. Allen/Slick won the set and match.

This is part of our beach volleyball training series where you can study Armswing Mechanics, Defensive Positioning and Attack Timing by observing AVP pros in action.

Take your skills to the next level with our 7-day beach volleyball training camps. Hot fun in the sun. We also have beach volleyball courses and training programs to suit every skill level and need.

Still hungry for beach volleyball training? Of course you are. Here’s what’s happening over at VolleyCamp Hermosa, a great destination for beach volleyball instruction and training with the pros. We’ll help you get your game on. Come see us on the beach.

 
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