photo by diglips
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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