Discover how to play beach volleyball and tips to play smarter and have an edge over the competition.
When learning how to play volleyball on the beach, first think about what your goals are.
Games are called "sets". To win a set, you have to be the first to score 21 points (win by two). Often teams will play matches. Matches consist of playing "best 2 out of 3". This means that if you split the first 2 sets, then the match goes to a 3rd deciding set to 15 points.
So, to win a set you need to score 21 points. And to score a point you need to win a rally. There are many ways a team can win a rally.
Before you learn how to play beach volleyball, you need to understand that in beach doubles, each team consists of two players. And there are no subs. Teams alternate serving and must stay in the correct serving order. If there isn't a referee, then the teams must keep track of the score and serving order.
Ball in Play
To start the set, the first server says the score out loud (if there isn't a visible scoreboard) and serves the ball. The teams then play out the point. The team that wins the rally is awarded a point (point added to the previous score total).
Before each serve, the player serving should say the score (if there isn't a visible scoreboard). This helps teams keep track of the score and keeps all the players on the same page. If the score is said incorrectly, the score is corrected before the next serve. Each time a team is receiving and ends up winning the rally, the receiving team should rotate servers.
Attacking at the Net for an Opportunity to Score
Doubles strategy is much different than 6 on 6 strategy.
In doubles, passing to the net is critical. Passing is an important part of the game because the better you are at passing the ball to the net, the easier it will be to hit. The more opportunities you get to hit near the net, the more likely you are to get a kill (score by attacking).
Getting a kill by spiking when playing sixes is more difficult because there are so many players on the court that have an opportunity to prevent the ball from hitting the floor.
In doubles, at most you'll be attacking against one blocker and one defender. Or there's no blocker and two defenders back defending. So the chances of scoring a point by attacking is much greater in the doubles game vs the sixes game.
This is why getting your partner a set to the net is so critical.
Get a pass to the net so your partner can give you a set to the net.
This is the key
A ball set from near the net is much easier to hit than a ball that is set from far off the net.
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Beach volleyball is different than indoor in that there are different variables to deal with such as the sunlight, wind, rain and other weather issues.
The playing surface is also different in that moving around on sand challenges your speed. Uneven surfaces is challenging to stability and getting in good position to make the play.
Being successful is all about getting in the correction position to play the ball.
And there's different types of sand. Some sand is quicker, meaning, easier to run on top of the sand and not sink when stepping. While other sand may slow players down and make it more difficult to move quickly.
Deeper sand not only slows you down, but it's also more difficult to be explosive. This challenges not only speed, but also the ability to jump high.
Often players will benefit from the sand because the sand helps players plant their feet at different angles. This helps with getting low to pass and dig.
Advantages to Beach Training
When transitioning back to a hard playing surface such as hardwood or sport court, players will often feel like they are moving really fast and don't get tired as quickly as when moving in the sand.
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