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!
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...
Hand setting in volleyball is one of the hardest skills to master. Check out the video linked at the bottom of this blog to see some of our Better at Beach players working on hand setting with Coach DJ and hear his feedback! “Volleyball is mechanics," he explains. "It’s getting used to doing the same motion” over and over again in order “to get more reps [the correct way] in a row." This will train your body to do it correctly every time (or at least more often than not). So what are the proper mechanics for hand setting in volleyball? Keep reading to find out!
Your hands should be in ball-shape before you ever touch the ball. You should not have to quickly change the shape of your hands right before you set. Make a diamond with your two forefingers and thumbs, then spread your hands apart so they are wide enough apart that your...
Want to SEE each of the exercises as well as just read about them? Check out the ULTIMATE beach volleyball warm up in action from one of our 7-day camps in St. Pete, FL:
*Note: ALL exercises should be done for either 20 reps or 20 seconds unless otherwise stated.
1) Cat/Cow Stretch
Start on your hands and knees with your knees directly under hips and your hands directly under shoulders. You are going to alternate between "Cat" and "Cow." Cat stretch: push your spine up towards the sky (Cat), rounding out your back. Cow stretch: drop your belly button down to the ground, so your spine curves the opposite way that it did in Cat, and lift your shoulders and head up towards the sky. You should feel your pelvis moving forwards and backwards, and feel your shoulder blades...
First things first, what do our hands look like when passing? With all your fingers on one hand touching and palms flat, put one set of fingers (except the thumbs) on top of the other, perpendicular to each other. Now, make your thumbs “kiss” (two thumbs touching and parallel to each other). We absolutely do not want to intertwine our fingers because if a really hard serve hits your hands wrong, it could lead to some broken fingers.
Next, make sure your arms are completely straight with no bend in your elbows - think about hyperextending your elbows, and hunching your shoulder blades forward to try to press your elbows together. And there is your perfect platform!
One of the biggest mistakes people make when passing in volleyball is breaking their hands/platform apart too quickly. This leads to a fast touch on the ball. We want a long, slow touch. Make it feel like...
The first day of winter, as of the time of this writing, was, sadly, less than a week ago. Snow abounds. Temperatures drop. It's cold, guys, and beach volleyball, even in Southern California -- it's 48 degrees right now! -- is just not all that appealing to a lot of people.
And you know what? That's no problem. Because there are dozens and dozens of volleyball drills you can do at home, covering everything from setting to hitting to weird ball control touches, with or without a partner. So if you still want to get better, and get better from the warmth and comfort of your own home or a gym or outside, if you choose to brave the cold, we've got you covered.
Don't have a partner? Don't have a beach? Not a great setter but want to fix that? This is the perfect drill for you. It's as easy as one, two, three -- literally. For this setting drill, you'll want a ball, a decent amount of space, a hard surface -- your...
Before we begin, allow our Better at Beach coach, Brandon Joyner, to inform you that “beach volleyball is not an easy sport. It takes a lot of muscle memory and when you’re starting out, it’s not going to come as easy as you think because there are a lot of cues and keys and concepts that you have to think about all the time. There’s always something that you can be working on with beach volleyball, especially when you’re coming out as a beginner.”
Which is exactly why Mark Burik founded this company, and why Joyner is now a co-owner: It is their mission to help one million people get better at beach volleyball. The sport is booming, with NCAA Beach Volleyball becoming the fastest-growing sport in NCAA history -- if you're interested in the NCAA beach volleyball recruiting process, we got you covered! -- volleyball supplanting soccer as the most-played sport for women in the United States, beach volleyball facilities popping up in states and...
“Be quick, but don’t hurry.”
It’s a cliché we hear often in life, not just in sports, yet when you get down to it, what in the world does it mean? In the beach volleyball world, you can hear this phrase on virtually every beach in the country, whether you’re strolling up and down the Hermosa Beach Strand or taking shelter under an umbrella – either for shade or rain – in St. Petersburg, Florida, or tipping back a cold one at a Texas bar.
Listen long enough and you'll hear it: “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”
It’s the essence of so much we do in this sport: Be quick with your feet when passing, but don’t hurry at the last minute. Be quick when getting to your point of preparation, but don’t hurry your approach. Be quick to begin moving towards your partner’s target passing area when you’re setting, but don’t hurry and get both you and your partner in trouble for overrunning it.
So often, I’m asked questions about the best ways to warm up or workout for beach volleyball. Professionals have extensive warm up routines that armor their joints and work on their weaknesses. If you’ve been anywhere near a volleyball court in your life, you’ve seen somebody rubbing and rotating their hitting shoulder while their face winces in pain. Even after you've learned how to how to hit a volleyball properly, you can still experience some pain and injuries.
Injuries in beach usually develop because of muscular imbalances. Micro-tears in your muscle fibers develop into scar tissue when they aren’t given time to heal properly. If you’re pushing your body to the max, that just becomes a part of the game. BUT, when a muscle becomes less pliable, other muscles take over for it and these compensations have a tendency to build on top of each other.
Don’t ignore the...
If you're interested in this blog on peel digging and how to play defense in beach volleyball, you may be interested in our serving course, which, of course, is the first line of defense in, ahem, defense. It'll will have you serving more accurately, with more power, in just a few weeks! We also run beach volleyball classes, private lessons and training camps for adults and juniors in Hermosa Beach, CA and Salt Lake City, Utah. We run volleyball vacations in exotic locations around the world. We can even run beach volleyball clinics for your group, club or team in your hometown! Send an email to [email protected]
Blockers block in beach volleyball, right? They're the big goons at the net who are supposed to stay at the net. Correct?
Yes and no.
In an ideal world, a blocker would never have to leave the net -- or peel, in volleyball vernacular. In the ideal world, a blocker stays at the net, and the defender covers whatever...
If you're interested in this drill on setting and digging, you may also be interested in our beach volleyball classes , private lessons and training camps for adults and juniors in Hermosa Beach, CA and Salt Lake City, Utah. We run volleyball vacations in exotic locations around the world. We can even run beach volleyball clinics for your group, club or team in your hometown! Send an email to [email protected]
All of us beach volleyball players are looking for that one big thing -- the one lift to get us stronger, the one way to make money so we can continue pursuing this life on the beach, the one thing that'll get us hitting harder, jumping higher, running faster. Sadly, we do not have the answer for some of those things -- you can, however, take our 60-day strength and conditioning program to get you bouncing balls and swat-blocking and running around like Taylor Crabb.
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