How To Play Beach Volleyball Competitively

Learn The Beach Volleyball Basics

Chrissie Among The Stars 2

photo by diglips

Beach volleyball girls of all ages who love the game and are looking for

ways to improve their skills, techniques and strategies are encouraged

to explore these pages.

Just so you know, when I use the term "girl" I mean it in an all

encompassing way. As far as I'm concerned if you like spending hours

honing your sand skills by practicing and competing on the beach, and if

you just happen to be older than 30 years of age, then in my

mind...that qualifies you as being a bona fide beach volleyball girl.

Keep that in mind as you read through these pages.

Now, as long as you are one of the thousands of players who want to

learn how to play beach then you've come to the right place.

The beach volleyball game has become extremely popular especially

among younger American female volleyball players thanks to the Olympic

dominance in the sport by Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor Receive

Third Gold Medal At 2012 London Olympics

photo by Daniel Coomber

These two champions and three-time Olympic gold medalists have won

millions of followers worldwide who've watched their televised

appearances in each of the last three Olympic games as they competed

against the best beach volleyball players in the world.


photo by diglips

Thanks to the growing popularity of female beach volleyball players, girls

can now earn volleyball scholarships that cover the tuition for their

college education.

How cool is that? We've come a long way baby.

Let's look at the big picture here. With the acceptance of sand

volleyball as an official NCAA athletic event, girls who play volleyball on

their high school team, who may not be the tallest on their team, now

still have a realistic opportunity of earning a scholarship if they choose

to invest time and effort into developing their sand skills.

      Playing On The Beach Volleyball Court

The wind, the sun and the sand present a whole different set of

elements that beach girls playing volleyball need to get used to.

These three elements have a profound effect on how players perform

the typical indoor volleyball skills on the beach.

Is It Hard To Learn
How To Play Beach Volleyball?

The wind, the sun and the sand present a whole different set of

elements that beach girls playing volleyball need to get used to.

These three elements have a profound effect on how players perform

the typical volleyball skills on the beach.

Indoor players have the luxury of playing on a flat hard volleyball court.

Indoor Volleyball Court

photo by Matt Chan

Playing on a flat surface is easier for players to run on. The same thing

goes for spiking a volleyball, on a flat hard wooden floor its much easier

to feel your legs and feet underneath you as you take a three or four

step spike approach.

Running and jumping in the sand is completely different and takes time

to get used to. Just like babies learning how to walk new beach

volleyball players need time to learn how to walk run and jump on the


Misty and Kerri Warming Up on the Sand

photo by Daniel Coomber

They need time to develop their "sand legs" which is a term used to

describe the leg muscle strength and the body balance gained by

players who are used to playing on the sand.

How To Set A Volleyball On The Beach

Textbook set

photo by top dog images

Indoor players spend hours learning how to set a volleyball with their


This technique isn't always the best choice for beach volleyball girls who

are newbies playing the sand game.

When you play in the wind, under the hot sun and on top of an uneven

sandy surface it pays to learn how to bump a volleyball accurately to

your partner so they can take a swing.

The Beach Volleyball Forearm Pass

photo by Vincent Maas

Changing how you set a volleyball on the beach requires time to get

your legs use to running and jumping in the sand so how you stand and

in what direction you face are important elements when learning how to

bump set.

Beach volleyball girls who want more information on how to bump the

volleyball, and other sand setting strategies and techniques should

immediately check out: The Beach Volleyball Set and

Sand Volleyball Tips For Setting A Ball.

The Beach Volleyball Serve

Just like in the indoor game, the overhand volleyball serve on the beach

is the first opportunity for a player to serve a point.

Kerri Walsh Jenning Serving A Ball next to Partner Misty May Treanor

photo by Craig Maccubbin

This is why beach volleyball girls spend hours practicing how to

overhand jump serve or how to float serve on the beach because it's

the fastest way to score points against their opponent.

Pro beach volleyball players spend much practice time learning how to

serve the volleyball right down the middle of their opponent's court in

order to cause the two players problems in deciding who should pass

the ball.

Beach volleyball players who need to know the 411 on how to

serve a volleyball, should check out the article below:

I'm sure you will be able to pick up some information that you can use

right away. 

The Overhand Volleyball Serve On The Beach

The Beach Volleyball Forearm Pass

If you can't pass the volleyball then you can't play the game. This is

valid for the indoor game but even more true for new beach volleyball

girls learning the sand game.

Kerri Walsh Passing A Ball

photo by Steve Corey

Not only do you have to stay on top of the sand, while focusing on the

ball despite the wind and the outdoor elements, but you have to

maintain your balance on an uneven surface while delivering a

well-placed ball to a specific spot on the court that's equal distance

between you and your partner without sending your partner all over the


Passing a volleyball on the beach is tricky, no doubt. Learning how to be

a consistently good passer requires patience, lower body strength, and

core development along with your determination and hours of practice.

For beach girls who need to improve their volleyball passing on the

sand be sure to read:  The Beach Volleyball Forearm Pass ,

Beach Volleyball Forearm Pass

Sand Volleyball Rules For Passing and Rules of Sand Volleyball Passing

Beach Volleyball Pictures

The beach volleyball pictures that appear on these pages and

throughout this site appear with the express written permission of the

photographers who took the pictures.

The pictures of the beach volleyball girls appear with the understanding

that they will be used for editorial use on this site only.

Please do not duplicate, copy or use these photos without contacting

the photographer for permission. Thank you in advnce for your time and


The Beach Volleyball Game

Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh

photo by Steve Corey

I'm always updating this section with new articles on beach volleyball

skills and the latest sand volleyball strategies like the articles below, so

female beach volleyball players are encouraged to return here often!

Playing Sand Volleyball Is A Great Way To Improve Your Indoor Volleyball


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