Beach Setting in Volleyball
How To Set A Volleyball Better On the Beach

Use these 3 tips for better beach setting in volleyball 1) sand sprints in practice, 2) use your legs when setting and 3) use the bump set over hand setting.

These 3 tips 1) sand sprints in practice, 2) use your legs when setting and 3) use the bump set over hand setting lead to better beach setting in volleyball (Ralph Aversen)These 3 tips 1) sand sprints in practice, 2) use your legs when setting and 3) use the bump set over hand setting lead to better beach setting in volleyball (Ralph Aversen)

Here are three great ways to help your beach setting in volleyball...

  • Sand sprints
  • Use your legs to bump set and hand set
  • Choose bump setting over hand setting

My beach coach Mark Barber gave me some great training 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.


Beach Setting in Volleyball 
Run In The Sand
To Get Faster In It

The more you run in the sand the faster you get in it. This is how you get and develop your The more you run in the sand the faster you get in it. This is how you get and develop your "sand legs." Sand sprints are a great way to help your beach setting in volleyball skills. (R. Aversen)

It was pretty much that simple.

The more you run in the sand the faster you get in it. This is how you get and develop your "sand legs." 

If you intend to just play the occasional recreational game then sand sprints may not be your thing.


Sprint training helps you develop leg muscle and leg strength which will help your beach setting in volleyball. Beach Volleyball Training Workouts. 


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.


Beach Setting in Volleyball 
Use Your Legs To Set The Ball

When you play indoor volleyball, you have to use your legs to set the ball. (Ralph Aversen)When you play indoor volleyball, you have to use your legs to set the ball. (Ralph Aversen)


When you play indoor volleyball, you have to use your legs to set the ball.

This is even more valid with beach setting in volleyball bump set and hand set skills


It's important to use your feet to get your body directly underneath the ball when you're in the sand. This is even more valid with beach setting in volleyball. (Ralph Aversen)It's important to use your feet to get your body directly underneath the ball when you're in the sand. This is even more valid with beach setting in volleyball. (Ralph Aversen)

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.


Beach Setting in Volleyball 
Choose Bump Setting Over Handsetting 

Beach Setting in Volleyball: Chances are you will want to increase the times you choose to bump set in beach volleyball over the times you hand set. (Ralph Aversen)Beach Setting in Volleyball: Chances are you will want to increase the times you choose to bump set in beach volleyball over the times you hand set. (Ralph Aversen)

Chances are you will want to increase the times you choose to bump set in beach volleyball over the times you hand set in order to avoid or reduce the possibility of being called by the referee for a throw or a double contact.

There is nothing more frustrating than to be involved in a hard fought match, going back and forth with an opposing beach team getting balls up in defense, tying the score, and then at a crucial part of the game when you are tired and exhausted, being called for a throw because you were too tired to get your body directly underneath the ball to make a clean, legal beach volleyball set to your partner.

One of the possible reasons why the referee decided to call your set for a double contact is because your hands didn't make contact with the ball at the same time so this added some uneven spin to the ball as it came out of your hands.

This results in a "double contact"  foul being whistled by the referee at that moment and worst of all you realize that you just gave the ball to the opposing team for a point that could have been yours.

Instead, in those moments where there are long rallies, especially for players who aren't indoor setters or haven't been playing the beach game for long, by bumping setting the beach ball  instead of hand setting the ball, you maintain a much better chance of controlling the ball, and getting a good set to your partner despite the fact that you may be totally and completely exhausted. 


Pro Beach Volleyball Player Riley McKibbin shares his five minute secrets to better beach volleyball setting skills. 

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