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Spiking in Volleyball: How to Spike When You Make a Bad Pass

How do we become a great attacker when we don't have a great pass or dig?

Do you feel like you give up on trying to score after making a bad pass or dig, and just try to keep the ball in the court? Or does a bad pass or dig often lead to you hitting the ball out of bounds? If this sounds familiar, keep reading! In this blog, we're going to tell you how to create a GREAT offense when you're first touch isn't really that good.

 

Before learning how to attack when you are out-of-system, you have to feel comfortable attacking when you are in-system. You have to have the basics of attacking, arm swing mechanics and approach footwork, down to a tee. Check out our Step-by-Step Explanation of Hitting Technique!

 

First things first, what constitutes as an "out-of-system" pass or dig?

An IN-system pass or dig lands in the front half of the court, somewhere near the middle. It also has to be high enough for your setter to get there comfortably - higher than...

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Setting in Volleyball: Mechanics That You Absolutely NEED to Know In Order to Master Hand Setting!

Basic Hand Setting Mechanics That You Absolutely NEED to Know In Order to Master Hand Setting!

Hand setting in volleyball is one of the hardest skills to master. Check out the video linked at the bottom of this blog to see some of our Better at Beach players working on hand setting with Coach DJ and hear his feedback! “Volleyball is mechanics," he explains. "It’s getting used to doing the same motion” over and over again in order “to get more reps [the correct way] in a row." This will train your body to do it correctly every time (or at least more often than not). So what are the proper mechanics for hand setting in volleyball? Keep reading to find out!

Set your hands early:

Your hands should be in ball-shape before you ever touch the ball. You should not have to quickly change the shape of your hands right before you set. Make a diamond with your two forefingers and thumbs, then spread your hands apart so they are wide enough apart that your...

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The ULTIMATE Dynamic, Full Body Beach Volleyball Warm Up!

We are going to share with you the ULTIMATE dynamic, full-body warm up for beach volleyball. It includes every move that you need to get mobile, loose and ready for your practice or match!

Want to SEE each of the exercises as well as just read about them? Check out the ULTIMATE beach volleyball warm up in action from one of our 7-day camps in St. Pete, FL:

 

*Note: ALL exercises should be done for either 20 reps or 20 seconds unless otherwise stated.

1) Cat/Cow Stretch 

Start on your hands and knees with your knees directly under hips and your hands directly under shoulders. You are going to alternate between "Cat" and "Cow." Cat stretch: push your spine up towards the sky (Cat), rounding out your back. Cow stretch: drop your belly button down to the ground, so your spine curves the opposite way that it did in Cat, and lift your shoulders and head up towards the sky. You should feel your pelvis moving forwards and backwards, and feel your shoulder blades...

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How to Spike a Volleyball - A Step by Step Explanation of Hitting Technique (With Videos)

 

Whether you're a seasoned vet, a complete newb or a coaching looking for important things to focus on, we think this article is going to provide a ton of knowledge that explains how to spike a volleyball with detail and clarity. We looked and it just is not easy to find a top to bottom explanation with demonstrations of good hitting technique for volleyball players. 

If you like this, then you'd absolutely LOVE our beach volleyball courses and workout programs. Feel free to check them out and if you have any questions at all, send an email to [email protected]

If you want to learn how to hits a volleyball, you've come to the right place. Let's dive in.

Want to learn how to spike a volleyball? Not too fast! Pass and set still matter.

When we are trying to learn how to spike a volleyball, we commonly forget about the first two contacts.  Whenever you're trying to get better at spiking in volleyball, make sure approach it with the...

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How To Pass in Volleyball: Three Keys You ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO KNOW To Become A Better Passer!

First Things First: Build Your Platform

First things first, what do our hands look like when passing? With all your fingers on one hand touching and palms flat, put one set of fingers (except the thumbs) on top of the other, perpendicular to each other. Now, make your thumbs “kiss” (two thumbs touching and parallel to each other). We absolutely do not want to intertwine our fingers because if a really hard serve hits your hands wrong, it could lead to some broken fingers.

Next, make sure your arms are completely straight with no bend in your elbows - think about hyperextending your elbows, and hunching your shoulder blades forward to try to press your elbows together. And there is your perfect platform!

 

Key #2: Hold your platform longer than you want to!

One of the biggest mistakes people make when passing in volleyball is breaking their hands/platform apart too quickly. This leads to a fast touch on the ball. We want a long, slow touch. Make it feel like...

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Beach Volleyball Camp Pro-Am highlights Volleyball Vacation in Florida

If there are two major movements taking over the beach volleyball world, they are this: Beach volleyball camps (or beach volleyball vacations, whichever you'd like to call them), and four-on-four beach volleyball. 

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Better at Beach combined them. 

Better at Beach has been hosting camps outside of California for nearly two years now. Once known as VolleyCamp Hermosa, that would be a giant misnomer now, seeing as the camps have taken place in everywhere from snowy Salt Lake City to hot and humid St. Petersburg to the cool and chic San Francisco. 

These beach volleyball camps are rare -- increasingly less rare -- opportunities for beach volleyball fans to get a taste of everything that's beautiful about this sport: the beach lifestyle, competition, social connections, community, rubbing elbows (literally) with AVP professionals, improvement, and, blessedly, a week off work. 

Beach Volleyball Camp Pro-Am

To cap a fantastic week in St....

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Why jump-setting is taking over the world of beach volleyball -- and why you should use it

In was in 2004 when the beach volleyball world outside of the United States got its first glimpse of Phil Dalhausser. He and Adam Roberts traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they emerged from the qualifier before competing on the grandest of stages: Center court against the best team in the world, Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego. They’d lose, but come closer than anybody could have reasonably expected from a couple FIVB rookies, falling just 18-21, 19-21.

At that point in time, Dalhausser, at 6-foot-9, was one of the tallest players in the world. And as his dominance grew, so, too, did the world’s adaptation to solve the problem that was Phil Dalhausser.

Take a glimpse at the rankings of the best teams in the world, and what you’ll find is that Dalhausser is no longer the tallest player in the world. In fact, there’s a chance he’s outside of the top 10. Russia’s top two teams boast a pair of 7-foot blockers (Konstantin Semenov, Oleg...

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Volleyball Tips | 5 Volleyball Drills You Can Do at Home

The first day of winter, as of the time of this writing, was, sadly, less than a week ago. Snow abounds. Temperatures drop. It's cold, guys, and beach volleyball, even in Southern California -- it's 48 degrees right now! -- is just not all that appealing to a lot of people. 

And you know what? That's no problem. Because there are dozens and dozens of volleyball drills you can do at home, covering everything from setting to hitting to weird ball control touches, with or without a partner. So if you still want to get better, and get better from the warmth and comfort of your own home or a gym or outside, if you choose to brave the cold, we've got you covered. 

1. Set sauce by yourself, at home -- or wherever!

Don't have a partner? Don't have a beach? Not a great setter but want to fix that? This is the perfect drill for you. It's as easy as one, two, three -- literally. For this setting drill, you'll want a ball, a decent amount of space, a hard surface -- your...

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Volleyball Tips: Secrets to Hitting Harder & Winning More Points (by calling for the right set)

If you spend enough time watching beach volleyball -- and if you're reading this blog, you probably do -- then you'll have likely noticed the differences between many teams and the sets they hit. Some players, like Poland's Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor, run a variety of fast sets in myriad directions. Others, like Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, will run a basic offense featuring mostly up and down sets. Still others, take Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes as an example, will run a hybrid of the two, moving the ball sometimes, playing more traditional others. 

The point is: In order to be successful offensively in beach volleyball, you need to find the set that is most comfortable not only for you, but for your setter as well. We're going to help break down the most optimal sets you should be taking at your respective level of play. 

 Beginner's beach volleyball offense

If you're a beginner in beach volleyball, the set you're going to be hitting most effectively is a...

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How to Get Recruited for NCAA Beach Volleyball: Reaching out to Coaches

You’re a budding beach volleyball player, a promising prospect to NCAA beach volleyball coaches all around the country. You’ve identified roughly 20 schools for which you could see yourself competing -- five reach schools, 10 target, five safety.

Now what?

How do you get the attention of NCAA beach volleyball coaches?

What’s the next step in the NCAA beach volleyball recruiting process?

“Now it’s time to send an introductory email to every single coach on your list,” Better at Beach coach Jo Kremer said.

She should know. Kremer competed for the dynastic program that is USC, where she won three National Championships under Anna Collier and is now competing on the AVP Tour as a professional.

“I know that might sound like a lot of work,” Kremer said, “but if you want to get recruited, you have to put the time in.”

Finding the emails of the coaches is simple, as they are all listed on the school’s staff directory. But...

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