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How to Set a Volleyball: 9 keys to being an excellent setter in beach volleyball

 

If you're looking to learn how to be one of the best setters in beach volleyball, you've come to the right place! At Better at Beach, headquartered in Hermosa Beach, CA we run beach volleyball setting drills every day! And if you'd like to enroll in our online setting course, you can do that year-round, day in and day out, partner or no partner. 

However, you don't have to wait for one of our beach volleyball classes to start learning the fundamentals. We mainly teach sand volleyball but if you play indoor volleyball, fear not! The principles and drills are almost exactly the same for bump setting and hand setting in the two sports. 

Yes, the first thing nearly every coach preaches is pass first, pass first, pass first. There’s a reason for that: Every single offensive action you could possibly take, whether in serve receive or defense or waiting for the beloved free ball, begins with the pass.

Yet it’s the second – and likely most...

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The Ultimate Beach Volleyball Training Companion

 

Hey guys! We have an awesome product coming out for you and we're so excited about it. It's 20 full built out practice plans with every detail, all of the time, all of the drills that you could ever need.

Coming from the East Coast, Brandon Joyner ran into a big problem -whether he was a coach or a player- of showing up to practice and not really knowing what he was going to do. He spent so much time talking about what his focus was going to be that day and eventually he just ended up doing the same drill over and over again every single practice.

So, we thought it'd be a good idea to bring you guys something that makes your volleyball life a little bit easier. With these drills we set them up into different categories, whether it's dealing with a defensive day, passing day, attacking day, blocking day, and we've outlined those drills for you including videos of how the drills work, descriptions of how the drills work, and how much time you should be spending on them.

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2019 Pan Am Games Beach Volleyball: USA (Burik/Satterfield) vs Canada (Nusbaum/Plantinga)

 

Watch Mark Burik and Ian Satterfield of the United States battle it out with Canada in the Men's Beach Volleyball at the 2019 Pan American Games.

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Spice Up Your Beach Volleyball Warm-Up with this Drill : Two-Touch Pepper

 

This is a challenging two touch pepper drill for beach volleyball. Dig to yourself, look for your partner's sign and hit at either the high or low sign. Two touches. Dig. Look for the sign. Hit to the sign.

Hey guys, I'm Mark. I'm Brandon. We're here with Better at Beach and we are here to bring you our serve receive course. Our serve receive course has 19 full on video lessons for getting you better at serve receive. It takes you from the very beginning, the very basics and all the way up into advanced professional beach volleyball techniques that you're going to need to win a world tour event. So if you're a beginner and you're looking to just get some fundamentals, this is for you. If you are a current professional beach volleyball player and you're looking for great reminders and new techniques to be able to bump your passing up, this is for you. I know that we've had some struggles in our careers with serve receive. This is something that I wish I had. Serve...

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From Blocker to Attacker – Beach Volleyball Tutorial – Block Touch Transition Footwork for Attacking

 

Block Touch Footwork for Attacking

(This is a transcript of the video below. You can skip to the video if you like.)


A lot of times beach volleyball as a blocker, we find ourselves stuck at the net. When a bang bang play is happening. Maybe I'm a blocker and I just touched the ball that went behind me and I need to make myself available to hit. We just have a simple backwards or lateral leap to create that space from the net. I'm going to block, I got the touch. Now I'm landed and I'm going to step and hop, a big lateral leap, off of the net to create space for my hitting shoulder. One more time block, step-hop and right now I've created about 14 feet of space between me and the volleyball net. All of that is setting window for my partner. If you don't open up, your partner is pinched. If you land and you just wait by the net, now your setter has to be so perfect that they've got a two foot window. Instead, can use a block and a step-lateral leap sequence.

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Spiking and Conditioning Drill for Beach Volleyball: Timed Transition Attack

 

Deep Middle Transition Spiking Drill for Beach Volleyball

It is important every now and then to incorporate some type of conditioning into your volleyball training and this is an example of a drill that we can do while still playing volleyball.

Our player needs to hit a hard middle seam ball. After they hit that, they’re going to have to get behind the line, at either half court or three quarters. You can choose - as a coach or somebody who's designing your own drill - how far you want to get behind that line.

In this drill example, we want to make sure that we get behind the line, drop our player to the knees to make sure that we're simulating some sort of defensive action, and then he needs to get up and calmly take an approach, then smack that deep middle seam.

If this drill video or any of my other videos are helping you out and you want to go a little bit deeper into beach volleyball, you can subscribe and you'll get 36 Beach Volleyball Drills in your...

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Beach Volleyball Spiking and Setting Tips: How Shorter Players Sideout

 

Hey guys welcome back to VolleyCamp Hermosa / Better at Beach! We’re going take you through some Side-out points. We have Alexander Huber from Austria and his partner Leo Williams from South Africa who are both great players on the FIVB World Tour.

How far off are we setting for a perfect set? Most people think they want the ball tighter, but if we look consistently at the best players in the world, they're taking the ball four-five-and six feet from the net so that they have plenty of space and the blocker can't play as much of a role in the game. – Mark Burik

 

If you love this type of video with in depth beach volleyball tips for setting and spiking along with the thought process behind tactics on the professional tour, you can take some next steps!

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Beach Volleyball Drills for Hitting: Improve Your Attack Vision with this Pepper Drill

 

Beach Volleyball Drills for Hitting with Vision: 3-Person Vision Pepper


This morning we were working on a lot of hitting vision, so we're going to show you a pepper exercise. This is three-person pepper. Like almost every pepper session, we are still using a dig set, hit, repeat sequence. The middle person is going to be the setter.

Here is where this beach volleyball hitting drill  gets a little complicated..

After the set, the person who is about to play defense is just going to leave their hands up high by their face or down in a natural defensive position.

It's important not to reach all the way up or like your hand is raised in a class room. Make the signals subtle and keep your positions game-like. Your hands can just be in a "high five" position next to your face or in a "low five" position in front of your hips and thighs.

The hitter's job is to get to the set first. In this drills the hitter has to get their feet to the ball before they look for the signal....

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Beach Volleyball Drill for Attacking | Hit Like Todd Rogers | Attack Vision Short Over the Block

 

Beach Volleyball Drill for Attack Vision – Short Over The Block

Sometimes in beach volleyball, we can feel open spots by feeling the blocker. So, normally if a blocker is blocking line, it means the defender is sitting in the cross. So, we're going to come out of the middle as an attacker, and we're going to use the blocker as our signifier for where we should go. Once they get the set into the middle of the court, I'm going to shift as the blocker to show them that they should go over me and get it to the sidelines.

The key is, I've drawn boxes about 10 feet off of the net because you need to get this ball far enough from the blocker so that they can't drop and pursue it. If you leave it right behind them, they can go in and then they can pick it up, but if you get it far enough behind them and far enough in front of the defender it makes it a really difficult ball to get.

 

Sometimes in beach volleyball, we can feel open spots by feeling the blocker. So,...

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How to Hit Better in Beach Volleyball: 10x Your Attacking with These Tips for Hitting Shots (Part 3 of 3)

 

This is Part 3 of a three part series on how to hit better in beach volleyball. If you missed it, Check Out Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here. Feel free to read them in any order.

11. If you really want to learn how to hit a volleyball so you can get more clean kills, learn and practice the cross body swing.

Stand on the left side of a beach volleyball court, close to the net. Face the opposite volleyball pole so that your left shoulder is closer to the net and your feet are facing the pole instead of the net. Hit hundreds of balls over your left ear to the high line position (the deep left corner) WITHOUT TURNING!!! Don’t turn your feet, don’t turn your chest. If you want to hit the next level of beach volleyball (or indoor volleyball) you MUST master the cross body swing.

Add some jumps once you start feeling comfortable swinging cross body and not just doing a hook shot. It should still feel like a volleyball swing. When you hit a volleyball cross body,...

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