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Next-Level Beach Volleyball Ball Control Drills: Emergency Touch Series to Attack

If you're interested in this blog on ball control 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! 

In beach volleyball, it doesn't really matter if you're Phil Dalhausser, one of the best blockers in history -- if not the best -- or Nick Lucena, one of the quickest and best defenders in the United States -- if not the best defender in the United States. No matter who you are or what your talent level, you're going to need ball control, and an ability to make emergency touches accurate and targeted. 

It's the nature of the game that not every touch will be perfectly off your platform, into the awaiting hands of...

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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.

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Best 2 Person Beach Volleyball Drill Ever - Ball Control and Attack Accuracy

If you're interested in this blog on all around skills and how to play defense and swing 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! 

You don't always need a full squad at a beach volleyball practice. Sometimes it's even better, honestly, to have just you and your partner. That's all that really matters anyway, isn't it? You can't control what the other team is doing -- the best way to get better at beach volleyball is to control your side of the net as best you can. 

This beach volleyball drill is perfect when you want to get out with just you and your partner -- or when your practice team bails, which is, unfortunately as we...

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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 Spiking Tips: Get Up and Hit! How to Dig a Cut Shot and Become an Attacker

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!

This tip on spiking in beach volleyball actually runs contrary to most tips on the subject matter. Many tips on spiking or swinging or how to hit harder in beach volleyball will focus almost exclusively on the hitting motion itself. But what we want to focus on today is what you're doing before you go to hit the ball. 

That's where the majority of errors happen, anyway: The approach. 

When you’ve just dug a cut shot, for example, or you've pursued a short free ball or a short serve, sometimes you’ll...

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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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How to Hit Better in Beach Volleyball: 10x Your Attacking with These Tips for Hitting Shots (Part 2 of 3)

 

This is Part 2 of a three part series on "How to Hit Better in Beach Volleyball: 10x Your Attacking with These Tips for Hitting Shots" . If you missed it, Check Out Part 1 Here. Feel free to read them in any order.

6. To hit better in beach volleyball, you HAVE TO LOOK when your arms go back, just before you jump.

Early in my beach volleyball career, hours and hours of watching Olympic Gold Medalist, Todd Rogers, taught me this concept. Today, the guys to watch are Bruno  Oscar Schmidt (also a Gold Medalist) from Brazil and Casey Patterson. Those guys get good, fast looks before they jump and hit. To explain the concept, we have to step back and go over some basics. If you haven't seen our video on approach footwork, make sure you watch it because if you want to learn how to hit a volleyball but you don't have the basic footwork, life on the beach volleyball court is going to be tough for you.

The order of your approach steps should be “Right..... Left......

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