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For girls learning how to pass the volleyball on the sand an
important key to remember is to determine before the referee blows the
whistle which player will take responsibility for taking the balls that
The forearm pass on the sand is tough enough for new indoor players
first learning how to play beach volleyball.
Not only do you have to adjust to playing volleyball on an uneven
playing surface but players have to learn who takes what responsibilities
on a volleyball court that now has to be evenly shared between two
players, not six.
During their indoor career many female volleyball players become
specialized in one area, like playing middle blocker.
Unfortunately many volleyball coaches only allow their middle blockers to
specialize in playing the front row.
So these players learn how to block a volleyball well, and how to
hit a ball in the middle of the net well. Some will have a tough serve
and many will be very good at moving laterally along the volleyball net.
But, this front row specialization doesn't help them become proficient in
having an all-around game or allow them to be able to learn how to
indoor volleyball at the highest levels but when I decided to transition to
the beach volleyball game I really had to learn to develop all of my
volleyball skills especially the passing and defensive part of my game.
Even though I was a good indoor passer, I never fully appreciated the
importance of learning how to pass the volleyball accurately until I
went on to play on the sand.
Luckily, I started playing beach volleyball pretty early in my career.
In sand volleyball, with so much area to cover on the volleyball court,
it's crucial to establish which partner is going to learn how to pass the
And this is especially important when the players of the opposing team
serve the volleyball to the middle of your court.
It's important for beach volleyball partners to pre-assign responsibility of
who will cover the middle of the court, which to be more specific is the
area between the two players in serve receive.
Any smart player serving the volleyball knows that the middle of the
court can be a weak spot where direct points can be scored easily.
If they can serve the volleyball in a way that causes confusion between
the two partners, then in many cases neither partner will move to pass
the ball and the server on the opposing volleyball team gets an ace to
To reduce the possibility of neither player moving to pass the ball
served to the middle of the court, once the server on Team A gets into
position to serve the ball, the opposing beach volleyball passer on Team
B who is cross court from that server is responsible for passing the
volleyballs that the Team A server may serve to the middle.
The passer on Team B that is directly in front of the opposing team's
server is responsible for passing the volleyballs the server may
serve down the line.
Of all the volleyball passing strategies to adopt the key to this one
is for partners to communicate to each other, before the opposing
team's server serves the volleyball.
Once a team sees where the opposing team's server is lining up to serve
the ball, the cross court passer needs to say out loud to their partner "I
got the middle."
And if the line passer doesn't hear anything from her partner then the
line passer should say out loud "you got the middle, I'll cover line."
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So when learning how to pass the volleyball on the sand remember that
this is a way for partners to clarify which player will pass the volleyball
that's served to the middle of the court, before the referee blows the
Unfortunately, what happens time after time is that without this
communication between teammates before the serve, each partner
thinks that the other one is responsible for passing the volleyball being
served to middle of their court.
So when they get aced, its because neither one of them moved to pass
the ball served down the middle.
When successfully done, the server scores an easy point by creating
the famous "husband and wife play" where a ball falls between two
volleyball players because neither of them moved to pass the ball or
both of them moved to pass the ball served to the middle.
This happens in almost every beach game where new volleyball players
are getting together and learning how to pass the ball side by side for
the first time to play with each other. This situation can easily be
avoided with players communicating at the beginning of the play.
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When facing a jump server then both players need to be prepared to
cover the middle.
No matter what, a jump serve is coming across the volleyball net at a
high velocity and that makes it risky to just leave the middle of the
court passing responsibility to just one player.
Instead, both beach volleyball players should be prepared to get behind
the ball to pass it straight ahead.
Another thing to remember when learning how to pass the
volleyball on sand is that if you are facing a server who has scored
a series of points against your beach team, then it's best to make
an adjustment by taking one or two steps that cover the area where
they served for points.
If my partner and I move a step or two closer to that area, now the
server sees something a little different which often is enough
to distract her to change her serving target or to take a little
speed and strength off the ball which should make it easier for
your team to pass the volleyball.
Be sure to check out more beach volleyball articles below.
Using The Volleyball Bump To Set The Ball On The Beach
The Overhand Volleyball Serve On The Beach
The Pass In Volleyball On The Sand
Sand Volleyball Improves Your Indoor Game
Sand Volleyball Rules For Passing A Ball