This past weekend was a very exciting weekend in our family as my son Thor competed in his first USA Beach Volleyball Tryouts. I heard about the tryouts a month and a half ago and that players were being accepted into the program from as young an age as 10 for their U13 program. This…
So as some of you may know I have started coaching beach a little bit more seriously. Ben Vaught asked me a year ago to help him as a player (Read the Ben Vaught Project) and now for the last month I have been helping him and his partner Branden Clemens. As individuals or as…
This video features advanced beach volleyball defense technique and tips with Andor Gyulai the owner of Volleyball1on1.com. This video also features a simple defense beach volleyball drill to help with these techniques. The technique is described as the “Stretch Step Shortening Cycle” and is used to help players load as the ball is contacted so…
This video features beach volleyball jump serving technique tips with Andor Gyulai the owner of Volleyball1on1.com. This videos features tips for improving serve consistence using ideas used by top players like Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes. Important concepts include limiting your approach, lowering your toss and changing your contact point when you serve Video of…
The goal of this video example is to show you an example of the Step-Close Beach Volleyball Blocking Technique in action as well as answer questions that are coming up regarding the technique. The examples in this video are for situations with a less than ideal situation to step close, yet the block still works!…
This article and accompanying videos will introduce a new method of blocking in beach volleyball. With enough momentum, it could revolutionize blocking in beach volleyball. I am calling this new blocking technique the “Step Close Beach Volleyball Blocking Technique.” My goal with this post is to change the method blockers use when playing beach volleyball.…
So as many of you know I still love playing beach volleyball competitively and I wanted to share an important tip that has really helped me as I turn 40 this year to compete against those young bucks. Hopefully it will help you do the same! As an older player I find attacking successfully is one of the most difficult things to do as you get older.
This post contains a 2 part video evaluation of Ryan Doherty blocking verses the great Ricardo and Alison. I love Ryan and what he does for the sport however he is making some major, easy to correct blocking mistakes and it is time to fix them before the Olympics!
This video features the next progression of the practice with a scored game like drill using a 6 foot forward jump serve to start the rally. The result of the tougher serving is more spray passes thus working on some of the new setting techniques the players just worked on in the previous drills.
This video features a continuation and a progression from the previous spray pass drill. Now players not only have to set a bad spray pass, but in some cases the spray pass is so bad they have to set the ball behind themselves. This video also works on player spacing and helps the attacker with where and how to approach a bad pass so they can still maybe be in system or at least get a decent attack in on the bad pass.
This video features the spray pass setting drill and coaching with Anjinho Bacil. A short low pass is a common error when passing the ball infront of your inside leg however at the height Anjinho recommends however practicing this drill results in an easy fix where the setter can improve the play and get the hitter back in system.
This video features the players doing warm up hitting lines with Anjinho Bacil during the beach practice. The players are getting more physically ready for the tougher more intensive drills that include more attacking. What I like about this video is it brings up the important point that the passer / hitter should always pass the ball infront of the setter in beach. On a tough serve / free ball / even warm ups the passer needs to work to get the ball in front of the setter to set up the offense.
In this video Andor and Anjinho review the 4 person cross court pepper beach volleyball drill and each shares their thoughts on the drill.
This video is a continuation and filming from the earlier cross court pepper drill. This drill features allot of verbal cues and coaching on: movement, managing the ball between you and your partner, defense, ball control, setting and more. This video again shows how the best make the game simple and how they make the court smaller and easier between partners.
This 4 person drill is a great warm up beach volleyball drill or drill that can be inserted into any beach volleyball practice to help improve: setting, pulling, defense, movement and player spacing as a team.
Below is the second video of Anjinho Bacil running the Tri-Angle Warm Up Beach Volleyball Drill, but this time from the other side. The tri-angle beach volleyball drill is the most commonly used drill in beach volleyball. Players and coaches will learn…
This video contains the tri-angle warm up beach volleyball bump setting drill with Anjinho Bacil. The drills focuses is bump setting. This video shows allot of important concepts related to coaching and playing beach volleyball that many of the pros use to make the game simple! This includes: Passing the ball straight ahead in front of your inside leg, the correct height when passing, the correct, Approach of the setter when hand and bump setting, plus more…
This video features Anjinho Bacil running the Tri-Angle Warm Up Beach Volleyball Drill. This is a powerful video as he runs the players through the most commonly used drill in beach volleyball. Viewers will learn how Anjinho coaches: Player spacing between partners, approach and footwork for beach volleyball setting, passing location based upon where the ball is served, how players can simplify the game, plus more…
This video features Pedro moving the last portion of the practice into a game with the 4 players and seeing the transfer (How much the players learned) from what was taught in the practice. This video offers great coaching insights and verbal cues. Also beach coaches will enjoy listening to Pedro coach the players from the sideline reviewing their play.
3 Ball Transition Beach Volleyball Drill – 3 For Offense, 2 For Defense to Score with Pedro Brazao (2 Videos)
This beach volleyball drill features a serve and two free balls. This drill focuses on both defense and offense and put allot of pressure on players to consistently side out.
2 Ball Beach Volleyball Defense Drill Off a Bench with a Line Pull and Line Defense by Pedro Brazao (2 Videos)
This beach volleyball defense drill features two balls, a line pull and a angle block with a line defense. Each play is played out and the coach Pedro Brazao is hitting off a bench. This video features allot of good verbal cues as well as some good coaching feedback for line defense with an angle block as well as some tips on pulling when blocking.
What’s better to train in for beach volleyball, deep or shallow sand? In this video Andor Gyulai and Miles Evans talk about the difference between training and playing in Manhattan Beach verses Huntington Beach.
This video contains beach volleyball coaching tips for blocking shots plus a 2 ball defense drill with a block and a dig with Brazilian Coach Pedro Brazao coaching. This video is extremely insightful as Pedro discusses a common mistake players make when trying to block shots in beach volleyball. His answer is on point and easy to understand.
Coaching Advice for Beach Volleyball Blocking and a Review of the Practice Thus Far with Pedro Brazao
This video contains volleyball coaching advice for beach volleyball blocking. Additionally Pedro gives us a quick review of the players skill level and some thought on things the players should improve.
Please keep in mind all the players except Andor Gyulai (Volleyball1on1 Owner) have represented United States for Beach Volleyball. What this means is you are getting to watch and almost semi pro level practice and what the top players do to get better during their volleyball practices!
2 Ball Beach Volleyball Defense Drill Off a Bench with a Line Block and Angle Defense by Pedro Brazao
This 3rd beach volleyball drill (In Pedro Brazao Practice) is a 2 ball beach volleyball defense drill featuring a line block and angle defense with beach volleyball coach Pedro Brazao attacking from a bench to simulate a real attack. The players play the defense out off the dig but not off the block. The players are now starting to get warm and as a result the playing level in the drills and intensity is increasing.
I would like to share an easy to use and easy understand example of how to OODA Loop your opponent using Hick’s law. This example was used on me initially quite effectively by my good friend Colin Pockock (Age 44) in South Africa who is a former beach volleyball Olympian who took a 9th at the 2004 Olympics. I think he is the best beach player in South Africa volleyball history.
Jason Lockhead Beach Volleyball Blocking Tips – Pushing with Non Dominant Hand, What to Do With Hands
In this video Jason Lockhead points out a common mistake most players make with their dominant vs. their non dominant hand when blocking. Its simple to fix and can have a huge impact but players need to be conscious of it and focus on it! In this video Jason also talks about what your hands should be doing up in the air when blocking.
This video features more of Jason Lockhead’s Superman Defense Technique plus insightful ideas to help players with what is the correct mindset when playing beach defense. This video again demonstrates that great teachers / coaches have the ability to simplify the game and focus on the positive things that matter. Jason demonstrates this in this video as he does throughout practice.
This video describes Jason Lockhead Superman Defense Technique. The technique involves you putting your non digging hand in the sand for more control so that you look like superman “Flying Pose” as you fly along the top of the sand. This technique was filmed while during practice while Jason was running a 2 ball beach volleyball defense drill.
I am in South Africa training to hopefully play in the FIVB event in a few weeks. So with that in mind and having only started training with my new partner 8 days ago, every day I ask the question: “What is the most important points to focus on today so that we can have success together on the beach volleyball court?” This post and videos is about just this! Week 1 – Finished!
Triangle Warm Up Drill is the most used drill in beach volleyball. The drill works on two of the major skills, passing, setting and warming up players shoulders from hitting. The drill is also great for player spacing and communication. In this video Pedro Brazao takes the players through the drill and offers his own verbal cues and insights.
This is post is about my trip back to Africa as well as this being a volleyball website I thought I would start off with the most important things to work on when starting a new 2 person beach volleyball partnership as I see it. This is what I am doing with my new partner Leslie Naidoo.