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STAFF PICKS OF THE WEEK - PORTABLE HYDRATION STATIONS

 

Hydrate…Hydrate…HYDRATE!

Easily the most important part of the day when playing volleyball is making sure you hydrate! Whether training, playing for fun, or playing for keeps, keeping a cold bottle of water is vital in our sport!

 

This week’s Staff Picks are in and we are talking portable hydration stations…

That’s right, WATER BOTTLES!

We’ve selected a few of our top picks that keep your drinks cold (or warm for that morning coffee) for your next trip out to the courts!

So ditch the ole plastic jug and let us set you up with a water bottle you actually want to drink from!

 

 

 

 

HiDrateSpark Smart Water Bottle

Start tracking your water intake throughout the day! Stay on track with the LED sensor that reminds you to take your sips!

Comes in 17oz, 21oz, and 32oz for all your beach volleyball hydration needs,  

 

 

 

Iron Flask

4.8 stars from over 90k reviews says it all!

The value is...

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How to Master Spiking a Volleyball - Beginner's Guide

 

MASTER SPIKING IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL

 

We all know that beach volleyball requires numerous sets of skills. A key component to the perfect regime is mastering your arm swing mechanics and approach footwork specifically for beach volleyball. Everyone wants to have that sweet volleyball SPIKE!

Are you willing to do the work to obtain it?

We will briefly cover:

 1. Arm Swing Mechanics


2. Proper Approach and Timing Footwork

 

 

ARM SWING MECHANICS

 

Everyone wants to bounce balls and score points all while the crowd goes wild. So, how does one do this…By having the proper arm swing mechanics to spike a volleyball. 

Setting up for the proper Arm Swing involves a few major points. 

 

The Bow and Arrow Positioning  - 

For the right handed hitters, you want the left arm reaching high as the right arm goes straight up and pulls back immediately with the elbow along the same line as the shoulder girdle and the arm relaxed in...

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Volleyball Tips - Secrets to Hitting Better Cut Shots and High Lines in Beach Volleyball

Shot Placements in Beach Volleyball -

How to Hit Better Cut Shots and High Lines

Are you wanting the secrets to placing the perfect cut shots and high lines when you are playing beach volleyball? Do your defenders keep reading your position when you attack the ball? Are you finding yourself just a little frustrated and wanting to make some changes to improve your attacking in volleyball? 

Look no further! Here are some tips on how to hit those volleyball cut shots and high lines with ease and leave your defenders stunned in the sand. 

 

We will cover :

  • Proper Form 
  • Approach 
  • Speed of Contact
  • Hand Placement   
  • Troubleshooting
  • Practice Drills 



What is the proper form and approach?

 

Possessing the proper form and approach when trying to execute cut shots and high lines in beach volleyball is essential. Knowing hand placements, body positioning, and speed will help elevate your game to a higher level.  

When setting up to...

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Everything you NEED to know about Volleyball and Volleyball Rules

Indoor and Beach Volleyball Rules

“Why so angry? It’s just the rules, man.”  Ever had this conversation on the volleyball court? Nothing can get heated more than an argument on the court about rules.  To make sure you do not experience this, we have compiled a condensed version of volleyball rules.  

 

 Time to Dive In...

 

 

I GET ALL THE TOUCHES I NEED, RIGHT?

 

There is a maximum of three touches in volleyball and you want to get all three touches.  You want to get one pass that controls the ball for your team, then your setter is designed to set the third touch up for a jump and a spike.

Who is the setter? In indoor volleyball, you have a designated setter, but in beach volleyball everyone is a setter because there are only two people.  If you are playing with a few people that are sending the ball back and forth with one or two touches, you are not going to be effective. You should always encourage the...

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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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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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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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Volleyball Tips | 3 IMPORTANT Things You NEED to Know for Passing, Setting, and Hitting Locations!

 It isn’t enough in beach volleyball to simply get a good touch on the ball. That’s half the battle, yes, but only half. The remaining 50 percent of the task?

Where are we supposed to put the ball?

Our touches in beach volleyball must have intention, a direction, a target. Your pass could hit your platform perfectly – but it doesn’t matter if you don’t send the ball to where it will be easiest for your partner to set you. You could have the pearliest of sets, so clean a ref would never once consider blowing the whistle – but it doesn’t matter if you set it behind you or too far outside. You could hit the crispiest of shots, with perfect hand contact – but it doesn’t matter if you hit a balloon to the middle of the court, directly into the laps of the defender.

So, then: Where should we be putting the ball?

Where to pass in beach volleyball

Close your eyes for a second and imagine you're in serve receive: You're standing in...

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Avery Drost teaches how to thrive in beach volleyball with a goofy-foot approach

There’s a trait worth noting when taking inventory of some of the best offensive players in beach volleyball, namely Phil Dalhausser and Karch Kiraly: They’re goofy-footed.

Goofy-footed is a term not often associated with positive thoughts. Coaches immediately try to “fix” the condition, in fear that it might become permanent. Players are constantly taught that one approach, and one approach only, is the correct one. But to see that Dalhausser and Kiraly, perhaps the two best American players of all-time, are both goofy-footed, it would be impossible to argue that you cannot succeed with a goofy-footed approach.

Dalhausser and Kiraly, after all, have both notched more than 100 wins and are the owners of five Olympic gold medals.

Avery Drost does not have 100 wins, nor does he have a gold medal, but he is currently one of the best players in the game who is using a goofy-footed approach, alongside Troy Field and Russian blocker and 2021 Olympic silver medalist...

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Volleyball Tips | The KEYS to being DEADLY with the On-Two Attack

The very personification of this week’s video on on-two attacking in beach volleyball was being played out on Friday morning – evening in Cagliari, Italy – in the final round of pool play of the World Tour Finals. On the court were Canadians and World Champions Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan, and Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil.

It’s a matchup that features virtually every type of on-two attacking in beach volleyball, from the right-hander on the left side (that’s Claes) to the lefty on the right (Pavan) to the sneaky over on-twos, either via dumping in front or back-setting (Sponcil). It featured aggressive options, placement options, sneaky options and poke options.

It featured the way that beach volleyball is going, with a heavy dose of on-two attacking and much less frequent traditional style.

Mass adoption of the on-two attack

It’s been going this way for some time now. Tri Bourne and John Hyden were one of the first to use...

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