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Everything you NEED to know about Arm Swing Mechanics in Volleyball

ARM SWING MECHANICS FOR SPIKING A VOLLEYBALL

 

Think of all of the biggest hitters in beach volleyball you know.  Your list likely includes, at least, a few of these names: Taylor Crabb, Phil Dalhausser, Casey Patterson, Chase Budinger,  April Ross, Alix Klineman, and Kelley Kolinske.

Every one of these players mentioned have exceptional arm swings.  

How do they spike the volleyball like that, you ask?

It's time for you to find out and

Unleash the BEAST in your arm!

This is all about Arm Swing Mechanics and how to generate MAX velocity when you are hitting in volleyball. 

If you want to know how to hit harder, gain more power, or are just interested in learning more about the arm swing for volleyball, then watch this video as Mark guides you through how to unlock your best winning opportunities. 

 




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STAFF PICKS OF THE WEEK - HEADPHONES

We’re JAMMIN…

We want to be JAMMIN with you!

 

Training on or off the court takes discipline.

One way to dig into the well of motivation is great tunes and assuring you get the tunes you want straight to your ear drums is amazing headphones!

That’s right, this week’s Staff Picks is all the noise about our favorite headphone selections!

Different styles, different brands, and different features that are important to you! Join us this week for a quick look at some new pair of headphones you should strongly consider grabbing!

 

 

 

Powerbeats Pro by Beats

 

 


These performance headphones mean business!

They start by hooking around your ear so unlike other style of headphones, these bad boys are secured when you become active. When warming up for practice early in the morning or preparing for the finals at your local tournament, being able to focus on “YOU” instead of your headphones is crucial!

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Defending High Lines and Cut Shots in Beach Volleyball

 Dig Those High Lines And Cut Shots!

 

Are you struggling to find the right positions to defend the high lines and cut shots during your beach volleyball games and tournaments?

Watch this video as one of our professional volleyball players coaches a Better at Beach camp athlete on how to move quickly and snag those shots every time!

 

Topics Covered in this Blog:

DEFENSIVE POSITIONS IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL

DEFENSIVE CHASE FOOTWORK AND MECHANICS IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL

 

 

The high line shot is the most common offensive shot in beach volleyball. Don't forget those tricky cut shots, too! So, guess what is also a critical skill in beach volleyball?

Knowing how to dig the high lines and cut shots. It's imperative to chase down a few high lines and cut shots every match. It throws off the offensive player on the other side:

If the easiest shot to hit, and the most consistent place to score, is no longer available, then what do I do now? It helps create some confusion...

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STAFF PICKS OF THE WEEK - APPAREL EDITION

BAB SWAG

 
This week’s Staff Picks are in and we are shamelessly plugging our own gear!
 
BAB fans check out our top 3 picks from our very own shop!
 
Represent the brand at all your local tournaments and watch your bumpers bump straighter, your claws dish the nutter butter, and your attacks clap back!
 
After all if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you’ll play good!
 
 
 
 
 

BAB Classic T-Shirt 

 

Keep it classic, keep things simple!
Grab a BAB tri-blend t-shirt sure to have you in style on the court or at the after party! Available in multiple colors so grab one for each day of the week…never know when it’s time to play!
 
 
 
 
 

BAB Long Sleeve

 

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The one that makes you feel like an AVP pro and comes in clutch on those crisp mornings?! Ya same here! The BAB long sleeve has got you “covered”!
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STAFF PICKS OF THE WEEK - RECOVERY

RECOVERY TOOLS

 
Biggggg Recovery Guys here… Do we really even need to explain the why behind recovery?
We don’t stay 23 forever so taking care of your body now goes a long way!
If you plan on playing volleyball for as long as you can and want to remain in good standing with your body…make sure you’re taking care of it!
We’ve gathered our top 3 Recovery tools for this week’s Staff Picks!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trigger Point GRID VIBE-

Trigger Point is an industry leader in the recovery game! Their original “GRiD” foam roller can be seen at all the universities, health clubs, and physical therapist offices, so it’s to no surprise that their GRID VIBE makes the list!
Arguably the best foam roller in the industry now has vibration technology to further loosen tight muscles, aid in lactic acid breakdown, thus increasing range of motion! Whether your recovering after the gym or court, you’ll want one...
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How to Spike a Volleyball - Approach Footwork EXPLAINED

WANT TO

JUMP HIGHER AND HIT HARDER?

 

Every volleyball player asks the question, "How can I hit harder and jump higher?" Watch this video as Mark walks you thru the essential steps to perfecting your volleyball approach and timing to hit those amazing shots and win more games!

 We will discuss the following:

  • TIPS FOR A BETTER APPROACH
  • WHERE SHOULD YOU BE WHEN APPROACHING IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL
  • WHAT SHOULD YOUR FEET/BODY BE DOING DURING YOUR APPROACH IN BEACH VOLLEYBALL 

 

 

 

 

TIPS FOR A BETTER APPROACH

After watching Mark discuss approach footwork for beach volleyball, let’s review the four step approach.  You can visit our previous blog for more information on

HOW TO MASTER SPIKING A VOLLEYBALL - A BEGINNERS GUIDE. 

 

 

  • The Timing Step  (First Step)

This is the slowest step and happens right when the setter is touching the ball. This step will help set up your rhythm based on what set is produced.

  • The...
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How to Pass A Volleyball - Special Situations

 Special Situations for Passing a Volleyball

 

Did you finish reading "How to Pass a Volleyball - Advanced Footwork and Drills" and crave more information?

We covered positioning on the court, passing, and footwork in the last few blogs on How to Pass a Volleyball. 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 that will be answered right here.

 

What's we will cover:

 

 

 

HOW HIGH SHOULD YOU PASS IN VOLLEYBALL

 

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

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STAFF PICKS OF THE WEEK - TRIPODS

TRIPODS FOR CAPTURING YOUR BEST VOLLEYBALL GAMES

 

Let’s be real…it’s time for a new tripod!

One of the most crucial components to getting better in volleyball is, video feedback!  Don’t set up your phone against a water bottle or some small ledge, invest in a solid tripod that’s going to last!

We’ve done the research so you don’t have to, so check out our list of

Staff Picks - Tripod Edition!!

 




UBeesize 67” Cell Phone Tripod with Wireless Remote   

 



Impressive height ranges collapsing to 20.1 inches and expanding to 67.3 inches, the UBeesize Tripod captures from all different angles! The tripod comes with a universal phone mount, a go pro mount,  and a wireless remote as well to capture on all devices with ease! With an Amazon rating of 4.7 over 6,500 ratings, no wonder this tripod is the #1 best seller!



MACTREM Professional Camera Tripod with Phone Mount

 

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How to Pass A Volleyball - Advanced Footwork and Drills

Advanced Beach Volleyball Footwork

 

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 blog “How to Pass a Volleyball - Basic Footwork”.  

 

What will be covered:

  • How to Pass a Volleyball that Comes High and Fast
  • 1, 2, Kick to Kneel

 

 

 

 

HOW TO PASS A VOLLEYBALL THAT COMES HIGH AND FAST 

 

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 unless it's flawless (so don’t try it) and we’ve already said that tomahawks in serve receive are a big no-no, so what do you have left?

The drop-step is a crucial piece of footwork you have to learn if you want to start winning your indoor and beach volleyball...

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How to Pass A Volleyball - Basic Footwork and More

BASIC VOLLEYBALL FOOTWORK TO LEVEL UP YOUR GAME

 

Did you read "How to Master Passing a Volleyball in Beach Volleyball" and still missing the basic footwork skills?

This is where we cover the 5 Basics steps to begin and move into more advanced situations that will have you moving like a pro in no time. 

 

Athletic Position and The Five Basics of Volleyball Footwork

  • Athletic Position
  • Lateral Steps
  • Lateral Lunges
  • Move 1 Move Both
  • Step-Shuffle 
  • Backpedal

 

The Athletic Position for Volleyball

 There is one posture that is common to almost all sports, and it’s called the athletic position. Regardless of the surface you compete on (sand, grass, hardwood, concrete), the athletic position is essentially a mandatory posture. Could be defense in basketball, preparing to field in baseball, or getting into serve receive in beach volleyball. 

I tell my players I coach to “Learn to live in a quarter squat! We are beach volleyball athletes...

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