How to Get Started in Beach Volleyball? New to the Game?
I have had a lot of questions on my Instagram with comments like “what is beach volleyball like?”, “how is beach volleyball different?”. All this is my opinion, don’t take it to heart, I don’t have the right answer.
Beach Volleyball is a completely separate game from indoor in my head, people can treat it like the same game but there’s no way you’ll succeed. Don’t get me wrong; Beach/Sand Volleyball is a wonderful way to compliment your indoor game check out this post for more “Why Indoor Players should Play Sand”. As well as Indoor is a great way to compliment your Beach game. I don’t have the exact statistics, but the majority of beach volleyball pros played indoor in college or professionally over-seas.
So if you’re new to the game, what is the same? The fundamentals are the same as your indoor fundamentals you’ve learned your entire life. Serving, passing, hitting, blocking (basically); although you will have to do all these things with the wind in mind (if it’s a windy day).
There are only 2 people on the court at one time. Woah! Don’t worry the court is also smaller. But you will have to cover much more court than you are used to on court 6’s.
The ball is different, to most people it’s easier to pass, I would have to agree with that statement. The beach volleyball has much more cushion. Here’s a few examples of beach volleyballs.
The rules are much different
The setting rules are much different, I only know of 1-2 doubles teams that hand-set. Most girls will bump set.
Where did my vertical go? Depending on if you’re in the sand in Arizona at victory lanes where you’re basically playing indoors or wether you’re in Manhattan Beach, Calif. where the sand is extremely deep you will need to learn how to jump in sand and not broad jump like you probably do indoors.
No coach? You will have to push yourself. Unless you are at the highest level of Beach Volleyball or are apart of a Beach Volleyball Club (which I think is a great idea) you will have to teach yourself the game. I did, check out my story I’ve never been coached other than 1 year of my life as a setter.
I will continue to add to this list, I am very tired at the moment of writing this post so I will definitely be coming back to it and updating it, fixing errors and what not. If you have any suggestions I missed, should be taken off, feel free to leave a comment or drop me a email.