Beach volleyball tips for beginners
July 26, 2010 6:50 PM Subscribe
Tips for a beginner beach volleyball player?
posted by keep it under cover to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My friends and I recently started playing beach volleyball. It's all in good fun but I'd still like to work on my skills and improve my game, especially now that we've put together a team for a co-rec league. I tried googling for tips, but every page I've come across seems to assume that I'm already proficient at indoor volleyball and am simply transitioning to beach. I'm very much a beginner at volleyball in any setting. We're playing in teams of 6 so it seems that little of the strategy that applies to teams of 2 would be of use, but correct me if I'm wrong.
Here are my specific problems:
#1. I'm 5'3". I know I can forget about blocking - but in what other ways does my lack of height impact my playing and what are things I can do to compensate?
#2. I'm slow. In case you were thinking I could compensate for my shortness by being quick and agile, sadly I'm not. I'm not a fast runner in the first place, and in sand I feel like I'm running in one place. Is there a certain technique to running in sand?
#3. I am brutal at serve receiving. Part of it might be psychological. I am very afraid when the ball comes whizzing at me at high speed. I also have a hard time tracking the ball and figuring out where I need to be to receive it. I can't tell where it's going to land until it's almost there, and then see #2. If I manage to get it, the ball often goes flying in any which direction, which doesn't help the setter much. How do I absorb the ball and control its direction?
#4. I have very bendy joints that are prone to hyperextension. Right now one of my fingers is mostly blue from a sprain. How do I protect my fingers and elbows? I know a lot of it is from sloppiness since I'm so often too slow to get into position, where I end up bumping with just one arm or mistiming sets, and those hurt!
I know I'm doing a million other things wrong that I'm not even aware of yet. I'd appreciate any other tips that have helped you or others in your beach volleyball experience. Merci!