photo by Luomen
An important rule for the beach volleyball set is for you to remember to
face the direction where you want the ball to go before and while you
are setting the ball to your target.
This is valid whether you are setting a ball to your teammate or whether
you are shoot setting the ball across the net into the opposing team's
court as an attack.
Continue reading to find out what I mean.
photo by Luomen
This simply means that a player can't have their body face one direction
and then while setting re-direct the ball outside the plane of their body
in another direction to set the volleyball to their teammate or to get the
ball over the net.
When trying to improve your beach volleyball set, remember that
those crafty over the shoulder "now you see me look here, but I'm
going to set the ball over there" types of sets will be called for
throws by the ref as setting violations every time.
Wherever the direction is that your body faces, is where you are
allowed to set the volleyball ball.
You always want to get into position first to make a beach volleyball
set which means you want to avoid running and setting at the same time
as much as possible.
Whether you need to set the ball to a target in front of you or to one
in back of you, as long as the ball stays within the plane of your body,
and comes out of your hands cleanly without being held and with a
minimum amount of spin on the ball then the chances are high that
you've made a legal sand volleyball set.
photo by Luomen
Chances are you may want to increase the times you choose to bump
your beach volleyball set instead of using your hands for your overhand
pass in order to avoid or reduce the possibility of being called for a
throw or a double contact.
There is nothing more frustrating than to be involved in a hard fought
match, going back and forth with an opposing beach team
getting balls up in defense, tying the score, and then at a crucial part
of the game when you are tired and exhausted, being called for a throw
because you were too tired to get your body directly underneath the
ball to make a clean, legal beach volleyball set to your partner.
One of the possible reasons why the referee decided to call your set for
a double contact is because your hands didn't make contact with the
ball at the same time so this added some uneven spin to the ball as it
came out of your hands.
So this results in a "double contact" foul being whistled by the referee
at that moment and worst of all you realize that you just gave the ball
to the opposing team for a point that could have been yours.
Instead, in those moments where there are long rallies, especially for
players who aren't indoor setters or haven't been playing the beach
game for long, by bumping the beach volleyball set instead of using
your hands, you maintain a much better chance of controlling the ball,
getting a good set to your partner despite the fact that you may be
totally and completely exhausted.
photo by Luomen
When training beach volleyball setting skills some players try to
use the deep dish set for a couple of reasons.
Some male players do it because they think it looks cool and they want
to do what the it looks like the pro players do.
Others do it because they think it's the only way to take the spin off of
There are other female players who will use the deep dish type of
set because the beach volleyball ball is heavier than the indoor
ball and the weight of the ball plus it's downward momentum will
cause them to bring the ball down lower than they usually do when they
set with a lighter ball.
When I say lower I mean that they let the ball fall lower than their chin
and closer to their chest level before they push the ball back in the air
in order to set it to their partner.
If you have to absolutely deep dish properly, you need to be able to set
the ball back into the air, after it's dropped past your chin to your chest
with an overhand set.
Then you need to deliver a ball to your partner with virtually no spin or
rotation on the ball.
The problem with deep dishing is that you are increasing the chances
of having the referee call you for holding or lifting the ball.
Here are some things you want to remember for your beach set
a)while setting the ball on the beach the ball shouldn't come to
an absolute complete stop.
b) Another thing that shouldn't happen when you set the volleyball, is
that similar to the indoor rules you are not allowed to touch the ball by
using the palms of your hands.
If you use your palms when you set the ball, you are forced to push
the ball or lift it back in the air.
Unfortunately that isn't setting the volleyball correctly, according to
the beach volleyball rules. That action is a violation which the referee
will whistle you for, so why take the chance?
Be sure to check out more beach volleyball articles below.
Sand Volleyball Tips For Setting A Ball