Play Beach Volleyball Receiving And Passing Tips For New Beach Players

Play beach volleyball receiving and passing tips for new beach players coming from the indoor game like passing the ball straight ahead.  

Play beach volleyball receiving and passing tips for new beach players coming from the indoor game like passing the ball straight ahead.  (Aversen)Play beach volleyball receiving and passing tips for new beach players coming from the indoor game like passing the ball straight ahead. (Aversen)

It's important to adopt these beach volleyball forearm passing tips when playing on the sand.

Mastering the beach passing skill will take time, finesse and a lot of practice.

It usually also takes a lot of mental focus, concentration and communication with your partner.

Below I'd like to share two beach volleyball passing tips that you can add to your team's passing strategy while competing in sand competitions.

These should hopefully help you narrow your focus on the game plan you should establish with your partner.


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Pass The Ball Straight Ahead


Indoor volleyball players are trained to pass the ball from anywhere on the volleyball court, all the way up to the traditional indoor setter target area which is just one foot right of center on the net. 

We all know, that area is located between zone 2 and zone 3 in the front row, which is about four feet in front of the right antenna within the ten foot line.

The rules of sand volleyball doubles are different.


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Play Beach Volleyball Receiving Tips: With 2 players on the court, you want a consistent point of reference where and how you want your passing strategy to be most effective.
(Aversen)Play Beach Volleyball Receiving Tips:: With 2 players on the court, you want a consistent point of reference where and how you want your passing strategy to be most effective. (Aversen)

Since there are only two players on the court, you want to have a consistent point of reference as to where and how you want your beach volleyball passing strategy to be most effective.

If you or your partner passes the ball straight ahead of you, keeping the ball four to five feet off the net, then you or your partner will automatically know where to go or where to be in order to set the volleyball.

If this passing rule is established between two partners then whenever the partner on the right passes the ball then the one on the left should be ready move to a spot between her partner and four feet off the net and vice versa.


If you or your partner passes the ball straight ahead of you, keeping it 4-5 feet off the net, then you or your partner will automatically know where to go or be to set the ball. (Aversen)If you or your partner passes the ball straight ahead of you, keeping it 4-5 feet off the net, then you or your partner will automatically know where to go or be to set the ball. (Aversen)

The passer doesn't have time to try and "find" their partner by moving the received serve all around the court.

So that's why the best point of reference to establish is straight ahead, not at an angle.

By passing the volleyball straight ahead, as a spiker I will already know where I need to begin my spike approach.

I can approach straight ahead or I can take a few steps to my left and approach at a slight angle like I do in indoor volleyball.

What I don't have to do, is spend extra time, energy and steps chasing my setter along the net in order to figure out where to get set up to make my spike approach.

This is especially applicable if I get served deep in the court.

In beach volleyball, as a passer turned spiker I want to maintain as much control over the play as possible.

So by passing the volleyball straight ahead I eliminate any additional movement I would need to make, to go chase the ball before spiking the ball over the net.

Beach volleyball players spend many hours of practice on making this volleyball passing strategy work effectively.

By performing numerous serves and by passing a volleyball repeatedly in practice, a beach player reinforces in her mind and in her partner's mind, where she needs to end up on the court to pass the ball while her partner begins to automatically know where she needs to set up to set the ball or in other words where the setter needs to be in relation to the passer.

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