Sand Volleyball Tips For Setting A Ball

Use The Bump Set On The Beach

I discuss a series of sand volleyball tips for setting a ball on the

beach on this page because the setting skill is one of the more difficult

to master. 

Players can use the volleyball bump as an alternative to overhand

setting the ball on the beach.

It's a great skill for female volleyball players to learn when they

are first learning how to make certain sand volleyball tips work for them.

Your first challenge when learning this skill  is to combine the

volleyball bump training you received during your indoor practice with

trying to learn how to run in the sand.

When girls first start playing beach volleyball, inevitably they get

whistled for double hits and lifts when they try setting the

volleyball with their hands.

That can initially seem rather frustrating because when you overhand

set the volleyball like you are used to doing, it feels like you are just

giving away easy points to the opposing team by committing unforced

errors while trying to use your hands to set the volleyball, which of

course is something you've been training to do for years.

The good news is that everybody, including pro beach players and

experienced indoor pro players who come out to learn

how to play beach volleyball, all of them experience two things:

a) the initial frustration of deciding when to use their hands to set

the ball and b) realizing that in the sand the volleyball bump

can save you from giving away easy points.

I know this for a fact because it happened to me.

Sand Volleyball Tips From The Pros

While training with pro beach volleyball women Nina Matthies and

Elaine Roque, I had to learn that until I got my "sand legs" (which

happens when your leg muscles are strengthened by consistent

exercising in the sand) if I set the volleyball on the run while trying

to use my hands, I was increasing my chances of being called for a

throw or a lift because I hadn't developed yet, the speed or the

strength needed to have my body completely positioned

underneath the ball to deliver a clean overhand volleyball set.

For girls and female volleyball players transitioning from the indoor game

to the beach  it takes some time to develop your "sand legs".

This was one of the sand volleyball tips that took m a little while to get

used to but I learned it thankfully at the beginning of my career.

While I was consistently training in the sand which would help me

develop my leg strength, I still needed to be able to perform beach

volleyball skills in a way that would allow me to gain maximum

control of the ball without making unforced errors.

So, another one of the sand volleyball tips for setting the ball I learned

and practiced and got a lot better at was perfecting the volleyball bump

and using it instead of overhand setting the ball.

As soon as I got my ego out of the way and realized that on the sand

using the bump set  was not a cop out but was one of the most

important volleyball skills that almost all beach players use to

control the ball, then  I really started enjoying the game and really got

better at it.

For volleyball players there are a lot of factors to get used to in beach

volleyball like learning to run in the sand, getting your sand legs, and

adapting to the wind, sun and other outdoor elements.

In the sand, the bump set helps players adapt to their surroundings and

use these factors to be able to gain confidence in their playing ability.

More Important Sand Volleyball Tips

As I mentioned previously, players transitioning to the sand game from

the indoor game, will need to get used to playing outside and dealing

with elements like the wind blowing the ball around, being distracted by

the sun when you look up at the ball in your attempt to overhand set

it, and other things like playing beach volleyball matches in the rain and

heavy wind at times.

In beach volleyball, when the referee whistles a foul because you

"threw the ball" more than likely it happened because your upper

body, hands and arms were facing in one direction but you set the

volleyball outside the plane of your body to another direction.

Once you face a particular direction to overhand set the volleyball,

you are only allowed to set the ball in front of you or in back of you

within the plane of your body.


But if you "re-direct" the ball so that it goes outside the plane of your

body you have "thrown the ball" which you will be whistled for.

That's why most professional players prefer bump setting the ball

during their pool play and playoff games.

Beach players will need to develop their leg speed and muscles

needed in bump setting on the beach.

By developing this leg strength you will be able to anticipate where your

teammate is going to pass you the ball.

This way you can beat the ball, using your legs to get into a low

position and deliver a nice volleyball bump set for your partner to hit.

And you'll have to develop the strength and stamina to be able to do

this at least, at a minimum 50 times in a 21 point game.


Sand Volleyball Tips: Run In The Sand To Get Faster In It

Coach Mark Barber gave me some great sand volleyball tips that I've

never forgotten.

He said that if I wanted to get faster in the sand, I was going to have

to run in the sand.

It was pretty much that simple. So the more you run in the sand the

faster you get in it.

Sand sprints are a great way to help your beach volleyball bump

setting skills.

If you intend to just play the occasional recreational game then sand

sprints may not be your thing.

But if you've been bitten by the serious beach volleyball game bug and

you really want to get better at it, then you're going to have to train

and develop those muscles you'll need to transport you across the sand

quickly and efficiently.

Sand Volleyball Tips: Use your Legs To Set The Ball

When you play in indoor volleyball, you have to use your legs to

set the ball.

This is even more valid with beach volleyball bump setting.

It's important to use your feet to get your body directly underneath the

ball when you're in the sand. Leaning to get to a ball that's not coming

down right on your forehead only increases the chances of the referee

whistling you for a setting violation.

The faster you develop your sand leg speed and strength, the sooner

you will be able to control the ball and the ball won't be controlling you.

In the mean time, using the bump set to get the ball to your partner is a

perfectly justifiable means to set the ball up for your partner to hit it

into the opposing team's court.

Be sure to check out more beach volleyball articles below.

Sand Volleyball Improves Your Indoor Game 

The Pass In Volleyball On The Sand 

The Overhand Volleyball Serve On The Beach 

How To Pass The 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 Who Love To Play From Sand Volleyball

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