photo by Luomen
Playing sand volleyball is a great way for girls to improve their indoor
The bad news is that unfortunately not everybody can adopt this
strategy, because they may not have access to a sand
The good news is that sand ball is increasing in popularity around
the US at an enormous rate, both among female players in college and
at the high school level.
This means that more local universities and colleges are investing in
building sand courts in and around their campuses. Not only
will these courts be used in the spring during the college sand season
but more coaches are hosting volleyball camps for sand players which
allows you to attend and learn how to play volleyball from those who
know the game well.
So if you are one of those young players who don't live near a beach
check with your local university or college to see if there's a sand court
on their campus or if they're hosting a sand camp this summer.
This way you can take advantage of the benefits of sand ball in
order to help improve your indoor game.
photo by Luomen
The sand is a soft, uneven pliable surface which provides resistance and
contributes to indoor players developing the leg muscles that help them
when it comes to increasing their vertical jump.
Even without becoming aware of it, the more you run, jump and play in
the sand, the more you develop strength in your legs.
It takes alot more strength and energy to move your body through the
sand so your muscles are working harder to hold you up and to move
you forward or in the direction you are trying to go when chasing a ball
so our muscles are working twice as hard than when you are running or
walking on a hard surface.
photo by Luomen
Another major benefit of playing volleyball in the sand is that
players increase their foot speed when they transition from
practicing on a sand court to playing on an indoor volleyball court.
One of my two high school coaches was Chris Rundle wife of beach
volleyball legend and indoor Olympian Larry Rundle.
My high school was two miles from the beach so Chris would often have
our indoor varsity volleyball practice and do
conditioning drills on the sand since our school was so close to it.
At first, I would just die from exhaustion because the sand seemed to
hold me back from doing any of the volleyball skills I was used to doing
But it doesn't take long to get used to it.
That was the first time I learned the benefit of practicing and doing
conditioning drills in the sand.
After awhile, when I started running and jumping in my
indoor games and practices I noticed I was a lot faster and I
jumped a lot higher since the gym floor didn't provide the resistance
that the sand did.
This is a common occurrence to almost all players who learn the sand
game then go indoors to play during their season.
You'll find that it takes less time to cover more area of the court in
defense because your legs aren't pushing as hard against the pliable
Just like its harder to go from learning the indoor game to becoming
good at the outdoor game, it becomes easier to go from the outdoor
game to the indoor game.
One of the best things a player can do when she's doing
her summer volleyball training workout is to find some sand to run
sprints and jump train in.
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