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Beach Volleyball Tips: Serving Power vs Serving Accuracy

If you're interested in this blog on serving in beach volleyball, you may be interested in our serving course, which 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!

When recalling an answer to the oft-asked question of beach volleyball serving -- "Is it better to serve with power or with accuracy? -- two images come to mind. 

The first is of Jeremy Casebeer. If you missed AVP Seattle this past year, where he won with Canadian Olympian Chaim Schalk, that's perfectly fine. It's on Amazon Prime if you'd like to re-watch. Or you can simply read this recap here: Jeremy Casebeer ace, Jeremy Casebeer ace, Jeremy Casebeer ace. In the semifinals, where Casebeer and Schalk were playing Casey Patterson and Chase Budinger, Casebeer served his way to an 8-0 start. 

Eight nothing! In the...

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The Mental Struggle of a Beach Volleyball Injury

 

Playing beach volleyball

It's difficult when an injury keeps you away from a sport you love. (I'm on the right)

Sports injuries are never fun. But it's really challenging when it keeps you from doing the things you love to do, like sports or any other kind of physical activity.

My injury occurred at the end of August performing an over hand dig during a simple warm up. The girl who was my partner threw it slightly to the left of me, and I caught the ball in a weird way, hurting my left pinky finger.

I thought I just jammed it, so I did what most people would probably do and taped it up and carried on with my class, then went home and iced it. Not a stranger to finger injuries in beach volleyball, I assumed it might hurt for several weeks, but that I could just keep taping it up and go on practicing.

At a regularly scheduled doctor's appointment two weeks later, I had it looked at, and it turns out it was dislocated. Not only that, but since I waited two weeks (every doctor I met liked to remind...

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"I would love to qualify for an AVP!": Brandon Joyner

 

My name is Brandon Joyner. I'm from Chester Virginia and I've been coaching for VolleyCamp Hermosa since October of 2018.

I started playing when I was a junior in high school. I then went to George Mason University after that I was lucky enough to go play professionally overseas for two seasons, and switched over to beach volleyball where I played on the NVL for five years. Now I'm currently still playing on the AVP.

I got connected with VolleyCamp Hermosa by knowing Mark in college. The last couple years I've been hinting that I wanted to come out and finally, he gave me the push and the okay, and now that I'm out here I'm very excited to be working with him again.

I like coaching for VolleyCamp Hermosa because it really does feel like a family. I come out here every single day and I know that I'm going to recognize at least one person at class. It really is a warm environment that every single time, I have to come down to coach where I am excited to go.

I love coaching...

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Top 10 Books for Beach Volleyball Players to Read During COVID-19 Quarantine

 

By: Travis Mewhirter

For so long, prior to our Covid-19-induced quarantine, we've trotted out the rote answer when someone asks us how we are doing. 

"Busy," we say.

It's not a lie. Most of us are wildly, insanely, out-of-control busy. Busy with work. Busy with family. Busy with fighting for our next promotion. Busy cramming in a workout. We don't even think about it when we answer with that four-letter word, and, in reply, most will nod their heads, understanding. 

They're busy, too. 

Now, however, many of us are not so busy. We have more time than we've had on our plates since we were kids. Because we have more time on our hands than we are used to, we really have no idea what to do with it all. 

How can we fill the hours that are normally runneth over with tasks and Things To Do?

May I make a humble suggestion, just a subtle point in direction? 

Read. 

Read everything you can. Read fiction. Read non-fiction. Read religious material....

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Three Essential Stretches for Beach Volleyball

 

To watch a beach volleyball player warm up is to watch a menagerie of exercises, stretches, and odd rituals of varying use. Some of these are critical. Some are useful. Some are, well, some are just odd and could be downright harmful to any volleyball player and athlete. 

Which is why we brought in Doctor Domenic Fraboni, a doctor of physical therapy and lifestyle consultant who was kind enough to walk us through three essential stretches for beach volleyball players.

Dr. Dom is one of a number of experts we've had featured on Better at Beach, and we've compiled a 60-day course to have you jumping higher, hitting harder, and powering through the sand. 

But before we can get you jumping like Troy Field, hitting like Phil Dalhausser, and digging balls like Taylor Crabb, we need to get you properly stretched out and warmed up. 

Enter Dr. Dom. 

This video on Three Essential Stretches for Beach Volleyball features Domenic Fraboni or, @DrDomPT if...

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Five solo beach volleyball drills you can do during quarantine

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!

This current epoch of quarantines and stay-at-home orders could be viewed in a number of ways for those in the beach volleyball community: Lonely. Solo. Boring. Idle. Partnerless. 

And yet, there is little need for those descriptors. Now, in fact, could be the optimal time to improve quicker on the beach, learning more about how to play beach volleyball, and to play it well, than you ever have. You don't need the sand -- in fact, as this video will show you, pavement will do just fine. While practicing with two people is nice, you don't really need a partner -- who needs a partner when you have a roof? Or the ground? Or...

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Take the Beach Volleyball High Line Challenge! Easy Attacking Drill for Beach Volleyball Players

 

The High Line Challenge

Check out this easy attacking drill for beach volleyball players. This is simply a shoot out and it should be considered mandatory for anyone who wants to win tournaments. John Hyden performs this drill for attacking the high line at every single practice and it's been one of my personal favorite hitting drills for most of my career.

In the back you can see Ian and Paul just make 2 high line boxes. This is basically, a Serve Receive practice, but we're going to get our competition on by me and Paul going against each other, and we're just going to say it's the first person to get 4 high lines, but we're doing it with a plus or minus scoring.

If we miss the high line box at any point - it becomes a minus, if we get it - it becomes a plus.

You can see we've also added a bungee cord across the net. The net level is for Ian's practice because he's the one who's trying to hit flat float serves across the net really low. That type of serve puts more...

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Time to Strength Train Like an Elite Beach Volleyball Player

 

Canadian beach volleyball player Sam Pedlow explains how to strength train like an elite beach volleyball player. Sam is one of the fittest guys on the world tour. In this free training video talks about the importance of not just strength training, but strength training specifically for beach volleyball and why that is so important. Join Sam and AVP pros Mark Burik and Brandon Joyner for this lively discussion on effective strength training for beach volleyball.

Ready to jump higher? Hit harder? Move faster? Of course you are. Get going with our 60-Day Strength and Conditioning Plan For Beach Volleyball. Learn to jump like a Polaris missile leaving a submarine with our workout plan for huge verticals. Turn your arms into rockets for launching the ball across the net. Enjoy greater strength, speed and flexibility. Never before has a program been so meticulously designed to focus on the beach volleyball player.

We've got beach volleyball...

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Beach Volleyball Strength and Conditioning Tips: Shoulder Exercises

 

Keep your shoulders healthy, strong and capable of a full range of motion with this beach volleyball training video. Join AVP pro players Mark Burik and Brandon Joyner as they demonstrate solid volleyball workouts for those shoulders. These core shoulder exercises come from the Better at Beach 60-Day training program -- jump higher, hit harder, move faster. Train with the beach volleyball pros!  Learn the RIGHT exercises to elevate your beach volleyball game. We've got programs that are spot-on for players at every skill level. There's no better time than today, right now, to start your training!

We want to show you four shoulder exercises for beach volleyball strength and conditioning that you can do on your own if you want to hit harder and stay healthier.

These core exercises come from our 60-Day beach volleyball training program on BetterAtBeach.com. It's so important for every volleyball player to keep their shoulders healthy and strong. We also...

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Two-person beach volleyball serve and transition drill tutorial

 If you're interested in this blog on serving in beach volleyball, you may be interested in our serving course, which 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!

Yes, the days of sideout beach volleyball, where you can only score when you're the serving team, are mostly over (except during the AVP main draws when the freeze is on). But that doesn't mean that defense in beach volleyball is any less important. The old sporting adage, 'defense wins championships' is as true as it has ever been. There's a reason that Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, the No. 1 team on the AVP Tour, are also the No. 1 hardest team to score on, just as there's a reason that the top team in the world, Norway's Anders Mol and Christian Sorum, are also the toughest team to score on in the world. 

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