Sand Volleyball Rules For Passing A Ball

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Stay On Top Of The Sand When Passing A Volleyball

Okay, these sand volleyball rules don't state that you need to try and 

swim in the sand but you do want to try and keep your feet above and

on top of the sand.

Beginners have a tendency to sink down in the sand, especially while

waiting for the opposing team to serve, because it feels like

quicksand at first.

To avoid this tendency, before the opposing team's server serves the

ball, take two or three baby steps in place, right where you are to

insure that you're above the sand and not below it.

Sand Volleyball Rules: Focus On One Thing At A Time

When passing a volleyball especially when you are doing it in the

sand, you really want to focus on doing one action at a time before

moving on to the next action.

What I mean is you don't want to pass the ball while you are running at

the same time, if you can help it. The sand will not allow you to do two

things at once.

You really need to force yourself to do two distinct volleyball skills,

first run to get to the ball, then get stopped before passing the


Use the strength of your lower body to deliver a nice volleyball pass to

your partner first. Really concentrate on making each attempt in

passing the volleyball the best one you can make.

Here's why, if you give yourself a good well-controlled pass right to your

intended target, then you can control how much time you have to make

a good strong spike approach.

You will also have time to look at the open spaces on the opposing

team's court so you can see where to hit the volleyball to.

If you rush to pass the volleyball, you rob yourself of these


Sand Volleyball Rules: Your Starting Stance Is Important

The primary function of your arms when you pass a volleyball on the

sand is to redirect the ball to your target.

You should consider your arms --as a wall or a tabletop that you put up

for the ball to rebound off of so that it goes directly to your setter or a

predetermined place where your setter will be so she can give you the

best set possible. 

Although different players have different starting stance styles for

passing a ball on the beach, they often adopt the stance which allows

them to react to a tough serve very quickly.

Some adopt a running stance which means they have one foot

straddling an imaginary starting line and their shoulders are erect but

turned perpendicular to the player who is serving the ball on the

opposing team.

I believe the rationale behind starting this way is that in theory when

you could turn and run towards the net or away from it to pass a

volleyball that's served deep in the court, a lot faster by starting in this

runner's stance.

The majority of players for the most part, adopt a starting stance

position similar to the one used by indoor volleyball players. The

traditional one with shoulders and upper body parallel and square to the

net and facing the server when passing in volleyball on the sand.

Typically, the ready position pro beach volleyball players use for their

arms is to extend them in front of their body, towards the net, elbows

bent at around a 45 degree angle with the palms of the hand facing

upwards towards the sky, pretty much looking as if they were holding

an invisible baby but with their arms down by their waist line.

Guys have a tendency to start the same way or they will rest their

hands on their thighs or the hem of their board shorts until the server

serves and/or the ball is just crossing the net.

One other way that elite volleyball players hold their arms when they

are passing in volleyball was made popular by American Steve Anderson

coach of the Australian women's Olympic gold medalist Natalie

Cook and Kerri Pottharst, bronze medalist in Atlanta and gold medalist

in Sydney in 2000.



photo by 黒忍者

The Australians, Natalie and Kerri, when adopting their ready position for

passing a ball have their shoulders parallel and square to the

net but instead of holding their arms in front of them in a cradle position

they would hold them straight out from their sides with elbows very

slightly bent.

In this way, to the opposing team's server, the court size looks much

smaller making it more difficult for the server to pick a wide open space

to serve to.

It also bolsters the players confidence in helping them to believe that

they can get to any spot quickly while passing in volleyball since the

court seems smaller with their arms spread so widely.

Beach volleyball players who are or who have been coached by the

Australian Olympian Kerri Pottharst like Tyra Turner, Rachel

Wacholder and Angie Akers have a tendency to adopt a wider-arm

serve receive starting stance or a modified version of it while passing in

the volleyball court.

Check out more sand volleyball rules and beach information in the

pages below...

Sand Volleyball Improves Your Indoor Game 

The Overhand Volleyball Serve On The Beach 

How To Pass The Volleyball On The Sand 

The Pass In Volleyball On The Sand

Sand Volleyball Rules For Passing A Ball

Rules of Sand Volleyball Passing

The Beach Volleyball Set

Sand Volleyball Tips For Setting A Ball

Return To Beach Volleyball Girls Of All Ages Who Love To Play From

Sand Volleyball Rules For Passing

Return To Inspiring Female Volleyball Players in Pictures From Sand

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