How To OODA Loop Your Opponent – Advanced Volleyball Strategy (Article 4)

Beyond being used as a better tool for “Reading the Game” and teaching Volleyball Skills more effectively the OODA Loop is a powerful way for players and coaches to approach Volleyball Strategy.
Colonel John Boyd the military strategist who rewrote the book on modern air warfare and the man behind the OODA Loop believed that when at a disadvantage a competent pilot could still overcome that disadvantage by “Attacking the Mind” of his opponent.

Learned Automatic Response and Implicit Guidance in Volleyball Coaching – Game Plan Offense

This article and video series reviews how beach volleyball players who develop a “Game Plan Offense” can takes advantage of “Learned Automatic Response” and “Implicit Guidance” to beat opponents and overcome physical disadvantages on the court. The tactic I will discuss were used quite successfully in the 2016 Olympics to defeat Kerri Walsh Jennings and…

The Branden Clemens and Ben Vaught Project – 1 Month Later (11-1-17)

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…

Stretch Step Advanced Beach Volleyball Defense Techniques, Tips and Drill with Andor Gyulai

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…

Advanced Beach Volleyball Serving Technique and Tips with Andor Gyulai

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 Ben Vaught Volleyball Project – 2016-2017

In the summer of 2016 after AVP Huntington Beach Open I was approached by a young 19-year-old Ben Vaught who asked for my help coaching him. This past summer he took four – 13ths and three 17th on the tour and established himself as one of the rising stars (Just age 20) after successful wins…

Beach Volleyball Blocking Example on the Step Close Blocking Technique with Andor Gyulai Example 1

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!…

Bad Blocking Technique and How To Improve It With The Step Close For Ryan Avatar Doherty

In this video series I review what I think is some bad blocking technique by Ryan “Avatar” Doherty. I love Ryan as a person and all that he does for the sport of beach volleyball. I highly encourage you to pick up his book (Avatar’s Guide to Beach Volleyball: Everything you need to know about…

Step Close Beach Volleyball Blocking Technique by Andor Gyulai

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.…

Beach Volleyball Setting Tips for Indoor Players

I was playing this weekend when my partner posted this video. I thought it displayed several excellent lessons for indoor volleyball setting that I feel the majority of coaches often miss, either because they do not play beach or simply haven’t been exposed to enough beach volleyball. Now, given that setting has been statistically determined…

Coaching Youth High School Volleyball Blocking Technique with Tips from Kerri Walsh Jennings

In this video we review youth high school volleyball blocking and coaching mistakes. The video also brings in good lessons from Kerri Walsh Jennings on blocking and can be used as a tool for coaches to help young players learn to love the game and watch more beach volleyball.

Volleyball Serving Lessons from the “Lion” Aleksandrs Samoilovs Part of #1 Men’s Beach Team in the World

This week I was at the Long Beach FIVB World Championships and I had a chance to talk with “The Lion” Aleksandrs Samoilovs from Latvia who is part of the #1 Ranked beach men’s team in the world.  During our conversation I got to ask him a few things including why he has in my…

Beach Volleyball Spiking Secrets to Hitting High and Hard as an Old Guy

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.

Ryan Doherty Beach Volleyball Blocking Mistakes verses Ricardo and Alison

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!

Spray Pass – Regular and Overhead Setting Beach Volleyball Drill with Coaching by Anjinho Bacil

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.

Spray Pass Beach Setting Volleyball Drill and Coaching Featuring Anjinho Bacil

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.

Guided Hard Angle Hit Beach Drill with Pedro Brazao (3 Video)

This video series features Pedro Brazao taking the players through a guided hard angle hit ball with a line block off a server to either player. If the defender does not dig the ball the coach puts in another ball. This video has the funniest in action sequence we have ever filmed! “This will hopefully teach you young guys a lesson about making fun of old fat guys who are just getting back into it and trying to get in shape! We were young guns too and in many cases brought a much much bigger cannon! :)” – Andor Gyulai – With a Bazooka

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 Sand is Better to Train In? Deep or Shallow Sand!

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.

Blocking the Shot and 2 Ball Beach Volleyball Defense Drill and Verbal Cues with Pedro Brazao

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!

Two Powerful Beach Volleyball Blocking Mistakes to Avoid – Online Volleyball Lesson / Evaluation with Andor Gyulai

In this video Andor Gyulai points out some common beach volleyball blocking mistakes to avoid. This video also includes tips for “reading the game”, pulling and beach volleyball strategy. This video was filmed in South Africa on his recent trip from Dec 2014 – Feb 2015.

How To OODA Loop Your Opponent Using Hicks Law (Article 6)

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.

Hick’s Law and the Impact on Reaction Speed in Volleyball (Article 5)

Human reaction time is defined as the time elapsing between the onset of a stimulus and the onset of a response to that stimulus. A primary factor affecting a response to stimuli is the number of possible stimuli or in volleyball’s cases what you “Read” your opponent doing. In 1952 a researcher named Hick confirmed that by going from one response choice (Decision Step) to two, response time increased by 58%…

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.

Jason Lockhead Beach Volley Defensive Mind Set Plus More Superman Defense Technique

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.

Beach Volleyball Superman Defensive Technique – Hand Down for Control / 2 Ball – Defense Drill

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.

Where to Start When Training and Coaching a New Beach Volleyball Team / Partnership? Week 1!

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 with Pedro Brazao – The Most Used Drill in Beach Volleyball

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.

The First Week With a New Partner and My Arrival in South Africa – 11 27 14

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.

Jason Lockhead Beach Volleyball Practice 1, 2014

In early 2014 Volleyball1on1 Owner Andor Gyulai filmed a beach volleyball practice with AVP and FIVB player and coach Jason Lockhead. Jason at age 30 is one of the youngest beach volleyball coaches we have ever filmed and also one of the most talented. For the practice we brought in 3 high level USA Beach High Performance players to accompany Andor. 2 Players- Miles Evans and Alex…

Beach Volleyball Lesson and Fix for Beach Spiking with Volleyball1on1.com and Andor Gyulai on 9-17-14

This video features a Beach Volleyball Spiking Evaluation / Lesson / Fix offered as part of Volleyball1on1.com Membership. The video features Andor Gyulai (Volleyball1on1.com – Owner) reviewing the beach spiking technique of an adult male player.