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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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Volleyball Serve Receive Series Chapter 5: Where is the Perfect Pass? | Special Situations

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 is the last chapter in the Volleyball Serve Receive series. We covered positioning on the court, passing, and footwork. Here, we'll go over some special situations to help develop a deeper understanding of the game. 

Passing height is a controversial topic in the beach volleyball world. Should I pass low? Should I pass high? How high is high? How low is low? What if I have a bad setter? These are all important questions we'll answer in this bonus chapter:

  1. Apex
  2. 6 Feet Off the Net
  3. 30 Degrees Off Inside Foot
  4. Side Wind

Apex, 6 Balls Above the Antenna

First, it’s important for the pass to have an...

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Volleyball Serve Receive Series Chapter 4: Advanced Beach Volleyball Footwork

 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!

In Chapter Four of the Volleyball Serve Receive series, we're going to cover some advanced footwork and techniques you can use to level up your game and start winning some beach volleyball tournaments. This will be building on the foundation of the basic footwork we went over in the previous chapter. 

Let's get started. 

Here's what you'll learn in this chapter:

  1. Drop Step
  2. 1, 2, Kick to Kneel

DROP STEP FOR HIGH FAST BALLS

Sometimes, serves come at our chest, neck and heads -- quick!

There is no time to get behind the ball and rock forward. You are not allowed to use your fingers to set the first ball...

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Volleyball Serve Receive Series Chapter 2: The Forearm Pass

 

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!

Learning the keys to serve receive for beach volleyball or indoor volleyball is a crucial process if you want to get better and win more matches and tournaments. In the previous chapter, you learned everything about positioning. In this chapter, we'll cover the actual volleyball pass. You may have searched something like "how to bump a volleyball" to get here. It's ok to use the word "bump" if you're a beginner, but you'll soon learn that when more experienced volleyball players talk about bumping a volleyball, we will say "pass" or "forearm pass". 

As you might know, there are two types of passes in indoor...

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Volleyball Serve Receive Series Chapter 1: Positioning

 

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!

Mastering the volleyball pass is crucial if you want to get better at playing beach volleyball. As you know, there are two types of passes in volleyball: the forearm pass (also known as the underhand pass or the bump) and the overhead pass (great for indoor volleyball players but nearly useless for beach volleyball).

Since we’re talking about serve receive for beach volleyball, this guide will focus on the forearm pass. If you play indoor volleyball, the concepts still 100% apply to you, but you have an extra weapon: your hands!

Beach volleyball players should only use their forearm passing platforms...

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