2016 STARS in the SAND spring program

Friday, February 26, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Benefits of Playing Sand Volleyball

Sand volleyball has many advantages. More and more indoor players are improving their game by learning how to play on the sand.


Develop All Your Skills

The big advantage of playing sand volleyball is the fact that it forces you to develop all your skills. This is why it is usually a good idea to play volleyball in the sand.

If you've been playing sand for a while, you may have noticed that when an indoor player comes and plays on the sand for the first time, they really struggle. This is because it's much harder to take your indoor skills to the sand.

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 play is much different and it's not that surprising many indoor players have trouble making the transition to sand volleyball.

Sand volleyball skills and strategy

Blocking and Defending in Sand Volleyball

There is mixed opinion among most coaches on whether or not playing on the sand is good for indoor. Many coaches don't want their player's playing on the sand because they believe they'll develop bad habits.

For example, when playing doubles, you're often out of position and must use unorthodox techniques to make plays.

Learning to hit shots in sand volleyball

Learning to Hit Shots

Then there are coaches that actually encourage their indoor player's to play sand volleyball. Many coaches believe that learning those techniques will only improve their performance indoor.

Advantages for Learning the Sand Volleyball Game

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.

Sand volleyball skills and strategy
Approach Fast to Jump High

Become a Complete Player
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.

Sand volleyball skills and strategy

Seeing the Court and Hitting Smart

Learn to Have a Plan
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.

Sand volleyball skills and strategy
Developing Your Complete Game on the Sand

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.