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