Playing beach volleyball is a great way for girls to improve their indoor volleyball skills.
The bad news is that unfortunately not everybody can adopt this strategy, because they may not have access to a sand court.
The good news is that playing sand volleyball has increased 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 beach volleyball from those who know the game well.
If you are a young player who doesn't live near a beach check with your local university or college to see if there's a sand volleyball court on their campus or if they're hosting a sand camp this summer.
This way you can take advantage of the benefits of playing sand volleyball in order to help improve your indoor volleyball game.
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.
One of my two high school coaches was beach volleyball player Chris Talunas Rundle (former wife of beach volleyball legend and indoor Olympian Larry Rundle).
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 well.
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 beach volleyball game then return indoors to play during their season.
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 and to play beach volleyball.
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