Sand volleyball has many advantages. More and more indoor players are improving their game by learning how to play on the beach.
The big advantage of playing beach volleyball is the fact that it forces you to develop all your skills. This is why it's usually a good idea to play volleyball in the sand.
If you've been playing sand for awhile, you may have noticed
that when an indoor player comes and plays on the beach for the first
time, they really struggle. This is
because it's much harder to take your indoor skills to the beach.
Playing in the sand is very challenging because you're on an unstable surface. The sand makes it harder to move and get in position to make plays. It's even more challenging if you're playing doubles or fours because you aren't used to having to cover that much court.
The strategy for doubles and four person is much different and it's not that surprising many indoor players have trouble making the transition to the beach.
Blocking and Defending in Beach Volleyball
There is mixed opinion among most coaches on whether or not playing on the
beach is good for indoor. Many coaches don't want their player's playing
on the beach because they believe they'll develop
For example, when playing doubles, you're often out of position and must use unorthodox techniques to make plays.
Learning to Hit Shots
Then there are coaches that actually encourage their indoor player's to play beach volleyball. Many coaches believe that learning those techniques will only improve their performance indoor.
Learn by coaching
When you play sand volleyball, you likely won't have a coach. This can be a really great thing because it forces you to coach yourself and work with your teammate.
By not having a coach, you could actually be more motivated, efficient, and active due to lowered inhibitions and an increased sense of purpose.
Approach Fast to Jump High
Playing doubles forces you to develop your weak skills.
For example, if your partner passes the serve, you must go set the ball.
If you can't set very well, your opponent will likely serve your partner often, forcing you to set. You must learn how to set or you'll lose.
Seeing the Court and Hitting Smart
Doubles forces you to learn strategy and create a game plan.
For example, after just a few serves, you can likely tell which player is the weaker passer.
One strategy would be to serve the weaker passer, forcing her partner to set the bad pass.
Developing Your Complete Game on the Beach
Another strategy would be to see which player is the weakest setter.
If one player can't set their partner very well, it might be best to serve forcing the bad setter to set. These are examples of learning to play volleyball with a game plan.
Having a plan is going to give you confidence and make the game much easier to play.
When you transition back to playing indoor, your team will benefit from your new found confidence and ability to scheme.
Playing on the beach can be a nice break from indoor. You're out in the sun, playing volleyball with your friends.
Another advantage of sand volleyball is the fact there isn't pressure of performing well or letting your team down like you have with the indoor game.
Learning All the Skills in Volleyball Gives you Confidence
Also, with indoor volleyball almost being a year round sport these days, sand volleyball is a great way to get away and relax playing the sport you love.