Episode #89: THIS Is Why You AREN'T Getting BLOCK TOUCHES - Quick Fixes For Lineups & Peeling


In this insightful episode of "Better at Beach," hosts Mark Burik and Matt Hazle dive deep into a common challenge faced by beach volleyball players: not getting enough block touches. With a focus on lineups and peeling strategies, this episode offers quick fixes that can significantly enhance your defensive game at the net.

Episode Highlights:

  1. Understanding Block Touches: Mark and Matt start by breaking down the importance of block touches in beach volleyball. They explain how effective blocking contributes to disrupting the opponent's attack and setting up successful defensive plays.

  2. Analyzing Lineup Strategies: Delve into the nuances of lineup configurations and their impact on block touches. Mark and Matt explore how player positioning can influence your ability to get touches at the net and offer insights into optimizing your lineup for better results.

  3. The Art of Peeling: Peeling, or transitioning off the net after blocking, is a skill that can make or break defensive plays. Mark and Matt provide practical tips for improving your peeling technique, enabling you to get into position faster for subsequent defensive actions.

  4. Reading the Hitter: Effective blocking involves reading the opponent's hitting tendencies. Mark and Matt share strategies for honing your ability to anticipate where the hitter is likely to target, giving you a competitive edge in getting those all-important block touches.

  5. Communication and Coordination: Successful blocking is a team effort that requires seamless communication and coordination. Mark and Matt discuss how partnerships can work together to enhance block touches and create a formidable defensive front.

Call to Action:

Ready to level up your blocking game? Tune in to this episode of "Better at Beach" for quick fixes that address why you might not be getting the block touches you want. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, these insights can make a tangible difference in your performance at the net. Subscribe to the podcast for more expert advice, tips, and strategies to elevate your beach volleyball skills.

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Head Coach Mark Burik has been coaching sports for 16 years and has over a decade of playing and coaching experience in volleyball. Burik has been a mainstay on the AVP Tour and also competes regularly on the FIVB World Tour. Recognized as one of the top beach volleyball players in the country, he has numerous championships under his belt and has won the legendary Pottstown Rumble three times. He has been a part of the Gold Medal Squared staff, which promotes a system of teaching designed by national team coaches.
Brandon started playing volleyball in Chester, Virginia when he was 16 years old for his high school volleyball team. As a senior, Brandon was named Virginia State Player of the Year and has been a coach for more than 10 years. He found success in the National Volleyball League as high as third and also took home the “Most Improved” award in 2016.

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