Women's Beach Volleyball FIVB and 2020 Olympic Qualification Updates

Our friend Leo Keegan over at Beach Volleyball Update sent us his latest writeup of the FIVB and beach volleyball Olympic updates and qualification standings for women, which we are pleased to share with you below.

The USA women are doing very well on the FIVB. In the Olympic qualification standings (shown below) there are 4 USA teams in the Top 10 of which 2 will qualify. Alix Klineman and April Ross hold the top slot by a large margin. However, the second slot is a tight race among three teams: Sarah Sponcil / Kelly Claes, Kerri Walsh-Jennings / Brooke Sweat and Kelley Larsen / Emily Stockman. The race has never been so competitive!

One of the reasons is the addition of Beach Volleyball as an NCAA sport. Check out this article, with an AVP focus, by Wayne Holly with a lot of statistics supporting this argument: (passed on from Ricky Pszenny): NCAA to PRO.

Now let's take a look at the top competition that the USA teams face in the beach volleyball Olympics. The top four teams hail...

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Beach Volleyball Tutorial: Footwork for Digging the Line Shot


The next piece of footwork we need to go over is called our Defensive Chase footwork. We're going to start from the base and then we’ll show you how it goes into a full play. Watch it here.



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VolleyCamp Hermosa Camper Shares Her Experience

We recently welcomed native Floridian Kelly Goncalves to the 7-day training camp at VolleyCamp Hermosa. Based on her review, Kelly had a blast. She blogged about her experience and was kind enough to share her thoughts with us, published below with her permission.

By Kelly Goncalves

Traveling to California is an adventure regardless of where you go. The rumors are true, the weather really is perfect all the time and the traffic is terrible all the time. I didn't rent a car and lived by the beach for eight days during my stay and I recommend you do the same. Hermosa Beach is an hour bike ride south of Venice beach. It's a smoke-free beach with miles on end of beautiful deep sand, high waves, and plenty of volleyball courts to share. Bring your own ball and make some new friends there is always someone playing.

In late August I flew out to the West Coast to watch the AVP games and attend a 7-day training camp.

Since writing this post, the training camp has added a beginning class...

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Beach Volleyball: Full Practice Plan for Passing Footwork and Attack Accuracy


Watch our Practice Plans for Passing Footwork and Attack Accuracy. Enjoy!



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Beach Volleyball Offense: Easy Drills for Consistency and Attack Accuracy


We wanted to give you some ideas for practice and the little things such as these will pay off in the long run. Like, Follow, Comment and Post if you want to see some more drills or more ideas from us.



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5 Living Room Beach Volleyball Drills You Have to Master to be a Main Draw Player.


5 for 5 Drill Challenge

  • Alternating Form Touches *Fifty total touches - can't break the rhythm
  • Alternating Form Pass Tomahawk *Fifty total touches - can't break the rhythm
  • Pass Pokey Rhythm *Fifty total touches - can't break the rhythm (It has to be Pass right-Pass left-Pass right-Pass left)
  • Fist-Fist-Flipper-Flipper *Fifty total touches - can't break the rhythm (We usually use these when we're digging or laying out for a ball outside of our reach but every now and then we might have to make a defensive play passing a ball or setting a ball as we're back peddling over our head with our fists)
  • 20 pepper rounds in a row *You need a partner for this drill (It must be Forearm-Hand set-Open hand spike)



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AVP Highlights Pro Mark Burik’s Love For Beach Volleyball

Hey guys: the AVP just published a trending article from beach volleyball pro Mark Burik, CEO and co-founder of VolleyCamp Hermosa. Mark shares his perspective on the sport he loves and the path he took around the world — from Queens, NY to Hermosa Beach, CA — so he could play pro. Learn some great insights from a pro player and coach whose life mission is to help players get better at volleyball.

“If you’re like me, you didn’t find volleyball early on in life,” Mark says. “I grew up playing every sport I could and while I still enjoy them all, beach volleyball has completely hooked me for the last 10 years.”

At VolleyCamp Hermosa, we’re in Los Angeles living the dream. In this sporting life, passion is still in fashion. Be sure to come see us at VolleyCamp Hermosa.

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Advanced Beach Volleyball Defense: Fake 4 into a 4... WHAT?!?!


We want to show you this juke that happens on this video. Huber ends up running a four which means that he is showing the cross and going to the line, but he does it in a really advanced way.

A lot of people will juke in one direction so that their opponents will think they're running to the line but then they'll just stay in the cross and then they’ll end up having some luck and just hit a nice easy ball into their lap but what Huber does here - because he's playing at such a high level and he knows that the offense can see him and is paying attention to him - is he does a double Juke so he intentionally shows that he's going to the line and then he comes back and sits in this cross for a second which misleads the hitter to think “what a terrible early fake, I'm not going to fall for that. I'm still going to go for the high line” and then Huber runs down to that high line. That's a tough concept to get.

He wanted his opponent to see this bad move to the...

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Beach Volleyball Training: Side-out Consistency and Block Preparation


Here's another one of Mark's 1 on 1 Video Analysis session in which they talk about Side-out Consistency & Block Preparation.

Follow along and good luck! I hope you enjoy the video. If you want some more, be sure to subscribe to Mark’s YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram and on Facebook @markburikbeachvolleyball or @volleycamphermosa



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Beach Volleyball Positioning Blocker and Defender Training


You guys want to hear more about DEFENSE, so that's what we're going to go over today. We're going to talk about positioning of the blocker and where the defender should be, or could be, throughout the extent of a point. This is a replay match of our team against the team of Sean Rosenthal and Chase Budinger.

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