Improving Your Speed in Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball: Improving Your Speed on the Sand

Woman running on sand to train for beach volleyball

Two traits that talented beach volleyball players must exhibit are footwork and speed. If you want to improve your game, one of the best ways is to improve your ability to move around the sand. Many indoor volleyball players will head outside to try their skills on the beach and find they have a lot of trouble moving around. Pros refer to this as “getting your sand legs.” While the skills that make you successful in indoor volleyball often translate to beach volleyball, speed and agility can be slow to translate if you are unused to moving in the sand. Today, City Beach would like to share some tips for improving your ability to move on the beach volleyball court.

How to Improve Your Speed on Sand

When you first move to the beach, you will inevitably feel slow and heavy. Your agility will be hampered, and your vertical will decline. Having a constantly shifting surface beneath your feet simply makes movement difficult. So how do you improve your ability to get around the beach volleyball court?

Your first step is to simply get out and move on the sand. Take your morning run on the beach. Train on the sand. Your body will be using muscles that you simply do not use on an indoor court. After a few weeks, your muscles will begin to acclimate and react faster while on the sand.

Work on your vertical jump while in the sand. Unlike when you push off of an indoor court for your approach jump, sand will give way under your feet. This takes precious inches off your vertical and can cause you to feel sluggish.

In indoor volleyball, you can pound your feet on the hardwood to transfer your forward momentum into your jump. With beach volleyball, this method doesn’t work. Instead, focus more on your positioning and explode upwards. Before you take off, allow some time to transfer weight from forward to upward motion, this allows the sand beneath your feet to pack and provide a bit more vertical on the soft sand.

When playing beach volleyball, many indoor players feel as if they are just coming short on digs or transitioning to make plays on the ball. When playing on the sand, it is important to focus on playing “through” the ball.

Don’t think of the ball as your destination, and keep pumping your legs when you make a play on the ball. Indoor players have a tendency to get to where the ball will almost be, and then reach to make the play. In beach volleyball, you slow much faster and will find yourself coming up short on many of your plays if you don’t run through the ball.

Interested in Playing Beach Volleyball?

If you are interested in playing beach volleyball, contact City Beach today. We offer open play as well as opportunities to play on teams. To learn more call us today at 408-654-9330.

Volleyball 101: Skill Positions on a Volleyball Team

Understanding the Different Skill Positions of a Volleyball Team

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As volleyball players become more serious about their game and join higher levels of competition, they will find that specializing in specific positions becomes a larger part of their game and training. Higher level volleyball teams begin incorporating specific skill sets, where each player has a specific role to play. In order to take your understanding of the game to the next level, City Beach will discuss each of these seven roles and the significance of each position.

Positions on a Volleyball Team

    • Outside Hitter – An outside hitter hits and blocks the left side of the court. They most often attack the balls which the setter sets to the left side, so they place themselves on the left front position. They often play both front and back row, so they need a solid all-around skill set.
    • Opposite Hitter – Opposite hitters play on the opposite side of the outside hitter, on the right side. Opposite hitters play a similar role to the outside hitter, with front and back row responsibilities. Players in this position should be proficient at passing, attacking, blocking, serving, and defense. Many volleyball teams like to have left-handed opposite hitters to create difficult angles for the defense.
    • Middle Blocker – Middle blockers are a volleyball team’s best blockers. They hit mostly fast-tempo sets from the middle of the court. The primary job of the middle blocker is to stop the opponent’s middle, outside, and right side hitters. Typically, the libero will substitute in for the middle blocker when they rotate to the back row. The ability to block and provide difficult passes are key to success for a middle blocker.

 

  • Libero – The libero is a specialist who is only allowed to play in the backcourt. You can find the libero on any volleyball team because they will be wearing a different colored jersey from their teammates. The libero has the special ability to enter and exit the game without substitution requests. Liberos can play six rotations total but are only allowed to serve for one player. Successful liberos need to have the best passing and defensive skills on the team, as that is their main responsibility on the court.  

 

  • Setter – A setter’s primary responsibility is to take the second ball and set it up for one of the primary hitters to attack. The setter plays a huge role on the team and is often referred to as the “quarterback.” A setter typically plays all the way around, however, in some lineups (6-2), there may be two appointed setters. The ability to block, serve, play defense, and, most importantly, provide great sets are key to a setter’s success.
  • Defensive & Serving Specialist – Some volleyball teams use defensive and serving specialists as well. A defensive specialist plays back row defense similar to a libero. Unlike the libero, they do not wear a different jersey and must abide by the regular substitution rules. A serving specialist is a player who subs in just to serve. These players generally have a very tough or consistent serve and will replace defensive or attacking players who have a less challenging serve.

Visit City Beach to Bring Your Game to the Next Level

At City Beach, we have coaches and trainers who are experts at helping young men and women improve their volleyball game. If you are interested in improving your game, contact City Beach today at 408-654-9330.

What Do Coaches Look For During Club Volleyball Tryouts?

Club Volleyball: What Do Coaches Look For During Tryouts?

Club volleyball coach at tryouts

When preparing for a club volleyball tryout, you may be wondering what exactly you can do to get a bid for a team. While each club team and coach has different values and preferences, there are a few things that most coaches will look for when scouting for new additions. Today, City Beach will discuss some traits that coaches tend to look for, as well as things that you can do to stand out during tryouts.

Specific Skill Positions

Most coaches will know what positions they need to recruit for when adding to their club volleyball team. The two most popular positions going into a tryout are outside hitters and liberos. Middle blockers and opposite hitters are positions that tend to have fewer girls. If you can play either of these positions, it may help you catch the coaches eye. Left-handed opposite hitters, in particular, are always in high demand by club volleyball teams. Setters are also extremely important, and talented setters will often get a more thorough look from coaches.

Versatility

Coaches love players who are versatile and able to fill multiple positions. During tryouts, girls are often asked to specify which positions they are looking to play. Having the ability and willingness to play multiple spots will improve your chances of landing a bid with a club volleyball team. Being unselfish and playing what is best for the team is a great way to get a coach to notice you.

Talent and Potential

There are some things that cannot be taught. Tall players are naturally going to stand out, as will athletic players. The truth is tall, athletic players will have a leg up when it comes to club volleyball tryouts. However, coaches are also always on the lookout for potential. Very rarely will they notice a girl who always serves in-bounds. An exceptionally hard jump serve, however, will always stand out. Girls should really give it their all and not focus on playing safe. A hard spike that is out of bounds will stand out to a coach more than a soft hit in bounds. This is a tryout, not a game, really give it your all while you are out there.

Hustle

Lastly, if you aren’t as talented or experienced as some of the other girls, it is important that you give the extra effort they may not be willing to give. A girl who is hustling on the court and plays with heart is something that always gets noticed. No matter what your physical skill set, hustle can be what makes sets you apart in the coach’s eyes.

Interested in Joining a Club Volleyball Team?

Keep an eye out for City Beach club volleyball tryouts. We host nearly 30 club volleyball teams of varying ages and skill levels. If you want to take your game to the next level, contact City Beach today.

How Club Volleyball Prepares You For Collegiate Athletics

Club Volleyball: How the Increased Competition Prepares You For College Volleyball

Female volleyball player in front of club volleyball teams

Club volleyball is quickly becoming the best method to prepare high school athletes for collegiate athletics. The NCAA recently performed a survey of over 21,000 college athletes, asking if they played club or high school sports. Women’s volleyball had an overwhelming result in favor of club volleyball. 91% of women’s volleyball players competed on a club volleyball team. Club volleyball has quite a few advantages over high school athletics. Today, City Beach will discuss how club volleyball is the number one way to prepare for college athletics.

Increased Level of Competition

One of the greatest aspects of playing club volleyball is the increased competition you will face. Not only are you playing with better players and competing for playing time on your team, but you will face teams that will force you to play your best. The majority of players who join club volleyball teams are serious about improving their game. If you can separate yourself from the pack in club volleyball, college scouts will notice.

Year-Round Play

Girls high school volleyball is held in the fall, while boys high school volleyball is generally a Spring sport. With club volleyball, you have the opportunity to play all year. Club teams like those at City Beach offer competitive play during what would be the offseason for those who only participate in high school volleyball. If you are serious about transitioning to collegiate play, it is important that you dedicate yourself to improving year-round.

High-End Facilities and Superior Coaching Resources

Perhaps the most important aspect of playing club volleyball is the access to high-end training and coaching resources. Successful coaches are in high demand for a reason. Coaches with experience and knowledge of what it takes to be successful at the collegiate level can provide you valuable insight into improving your game. Many high school coaches have some experience with the sport but are largely selected out of the available teaching staff. Most high school coaches have had some high school experience but very rarely were they also successful collegiate players. Club volleyball teams recruit standout collegiate players who can give guidance to players who are dedicated to becoming the best they can be.

Interested in Joining a Club Volleyball Team?

City Beach has club volleyball teams ranging from our 11 & Under team to our 18 & Under team, with varying levels of experience and competition. If you or your child are interested in improving their volleyball game in the hopes of eventually becoming a collegiate athlete, or just to become a better high school player, City Beach is the place to go. Interested in learning more? Contact us today at 408-654-9330.

 

Woman flexing after volleyball training at City Beach

City Beach Explains Strength Training and Its Role in Volleyball

City Beach: Why Strength Training is Key to Improving at Volleyball

The unfortunate reality of amateur volleyball is that too often coaches ignore strength training in favor of a focus on drills and technique. While using proper technique is obviously important, creating a strength training program for your players is a key factor not only in performance but in a player’s ability to stay healthy. Today, City Beach will discuss some of the many benefits you or your players will see by implementing a strength training program into your training regimen.

Protect Your Players From Injury

Volleyball is a high-impact sport and can lead to many different types of injuries if your body is not properly conditioned. Certain common volleyball injuries such as shoulder impingements, shin splints, and back injuries can be greatly reduced by a strength training program. Muscle development also helps to support and protect players’ joints and ligaments. Think of building muscle as developing a suit of armor for your players. Even the best natural athletes can improve and benefit from injury protection that comes with strength training if they want to continue their career at the collegiate level. At City Beach, we implement our own strength training programs and recommend them to any coach we talk to.

Strength Training is the Original Performance Enhancer

Players who want to improve their game should absolutely be involved in a strength training program. Collegiate volleyball is dominated by players with tremendous strength and power. Focusing on lower body strength allows for players to jump higher and move faster. Upper body strength gives players the strength to spike, block, and dig balls. And core strength allows players to have the body control and power transfer that elite players need. For high school players looking to continue to the collegiate level, developing your physical strength is one of the best ways to get on a scout’s radar. Most college programs look for incredible athletes that they can “coach up” rather than technique masters who have not developed physically. If you are really serious about developing your game finding a strength program like the ones offered at City Beach can give you a major leg-up on the competition.

Visit City Beach Today For Your Strength Training

Whether you are an individual player looking to take their game to the next level, or a coach wanting to implement a program for their team City Beach is the facility to visit. Call us today at 408-654-9330 to speak with one of our experts or come visit us at 2911 Mead Avenue in Santa Clara, CA.

Man getting cardio exercise from beach volleyball

Beach Volleyball: Improving Your Cardio

How to Improve Your Cardio for Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball may not be a sport where you are running long distances, but the fact is that endurance and cardiovascular performance may be one of the biggest factors in your ability to close a game out. Today, City Beach gives some fitness tips for improving your cardiovascular performance so you can take your beach volleyball game to the next level!

Start Running Consistently to Begin Your Cardio Improvement

Beginning a regular jogging program can be the first step to improving your cardiovascular performance. Jogging consistently will strengthen your heart and improve your body’s ability to distribute oxygen and blood. Each time you go on a run, you increase the maximum oxygen intake that your body is able to transport and use during exercise. The more oxygen your body is able to distribute to your muscles, the longer you will be able to perform on the beach volleyball court.

Schedule a jog for around 30 minutes at least 3 days a week. If you are starting from a lower fitness level, feel free to work your way up by switching from walking to running in intervals. Eventually, you will find that jogging for 30 minutes straight is no longer difficult!

Incorporate Sprints to Improve Maximum Cardiovascular Capacity

Once you have begun to improve your ability to jog consistently, it is time to incorporate sprinting into your routine. Two to three times a week, find an open field or court and begin 40-yard sprints. You want to push yourself to go as fast as you can during your sprint before resting for 30 seconds between reps. Work your way up from 10 reps to 30 or more. This skill is especially relevant for beach volleyball as many of your most difficult movements are rushed sprints to catch up with a pass or to dig a shot. Sprinting will improve your body’s ability to work at max capacity for longer periods of time.

Box Jumps Are Excellent For Beach Volleyball Training

Performing interval box jumps are one of the most efficient means of improving not only your cardiovascular performance but also your athletic ability. Beach volleyball is all about explosive movement. Box jumps not only improve your explosive movement ability, but performing reps of jumps are an excellent way to improve cardio performance. Performing interval box jumps on the days you are not running allows your muscles to heal on cardio days. We recommend starting at a lower height and doing increasing reps until you are comfortable doing 30 box jumps with very short breaks between reps. You can increase the height and sets once this begins to become too easy.

Contact City Beach Today For More Information

Whether you are interested in learning more about beach volleyball or are already a seasoned player, City Beach offers an excellent location for training, leagues, or open play. Come visit our location to learn more about what City Beach has to offer.

Girl doing libero training at volleyball clinic.

Preparing a Libero with a Volleyball Clinic

Volleyball Clinic: Preparing for the Role of Libero

Many people consider Libero to be the most difficult position on the volleyball court. successful Liberos do not need to be tall like a defensive specialist — instead, they need to be very quick and tenacious. If you are interested in becoming a Libero specialist or are looking to learn how to coach up your teams Libero, check out our guide on ways to prepare for the libero role. Whether it is a CIty Beach volleyball clinic, regular drills, or physical training, any potential Libero can benefit from these tips.

Pepper Drills

Pepper drills are one of the most popular volleyball training drills coaches employ. Because this drill is focused on creating lots of touches and difficult digs, it is perfect for the Libero-in-training. Focus on creating a good forearm platform with your chin up and eyes forward. The goal of this drill should be to create a good angle by dropping your shoulders and having solid form in order to create lift for your passing. Create difficult angles and trajectories for the Libero so they get practice adjusting to difficult shots and recovering.

Agility Training

One of our major focuses during our volleyball clinic is training players to be more quick and agile. For Liberos, this is maybe the most important physical aspect of their game. Footwork drills like walking on dots, ladders, and stairs can be an excellent method for training balance and agile movement. Liberos should also work on explosive plyometrics using drills like lateral barrier-jumps. Create an 8” – 12’ tall barrier and have your player jump back and forth sideways over the barrier. The focus should be on landing lightly on the balls of your feet and maintaining balance. The more explosive your Libero, the more likely they will be able to close difficult distances in short times, a key component to success.

Visit a City Beach Volleyball Clinic

At City Beach, we offer volleyball clinics designed to keep your Libero in game-shape regardless of the time of year. If your player is serious about improving skills and learning more about the game our volleyball clinic is tailor-made for them. We offer both spring and fall volleyball clinics to keep your Libero improving all year long.

Contact City Beach to Learn More

If you or one of your players are interested in becoming a more complete Libero, then City Beach is the place to improve your skills. We offer services for a wide variety of teams and players. Whether you have a child that is interested in learning the game, or a potential collegiate recruit looking to take their game to the next level, City Beach can help improve their game. Call us at 408-654-9330 for any questions, or if you prefer, stop by our facility at 2911 Mead Avenue in Santa Clara. We look forward to working with you!

Woman learning to serve with volleyball training.

How to Improve Your Overhand Serve With Volleyball Training

Volleyball Training: Improving Your Overhand Serve

One of the number one skills that young volleyball players want to improve is their ability to successfully serve overhand. Whether the player is a beginner or simply looking to improve their serve, specific volleyball training is key to success. Lots of different coaches recommend their own flavor or technique, but some of the basics hold true for every player. Today, City Beach discusses three key components that you should work on to get a better serve.

Point Your Body In the Right Direction

Generally, the first thing we want to do when offering volleyball training to a beginner is to make sure that when they serve, everything is moving in the same direction. Teaching players how to get their body and their arm swing pointed the same way is, in very broad terms, the key to success. Creating a fluid motion that transfers body weight from the back foot to the front foot and from the legs to the arms is the best way to generate power and accuracy. Generally, if a player’s body is moving to the right then the serve follows and vice versa. Your initial volleyball training should focus on creating a balanced movement from back to front.

Train the Toss

For the majority of beginners, the root of their serving problems stems from a poor toss. So many players have inconsistent tosses that it is no wonder their serves are also inconsistent. We offer volleyball training that helps to create a consistent process from the beginning of the serve (the toss) through the end of the serve (follow-through). It is advisable for newer players to learn to lower the toss arc. The higher the serve — the more chance there is for error. Instead, try having beginners raise the ball about shoulder height and then lift the ball a small amount. The idea is to have just enough time to bring your arm through to make solid contact with the ball. With experience and increased consistency, the player can eventually work their way up to a higher toss for a more explosive follow through.

Volleyball Training Focused on Contact

Ball contact is often times too much of a focus compared to the overall process of the overhand serve. In general, the important factor is keeping their wrist and hand firm through ball contact and to follow through the ball. Eventually, advanced players may learn to pull their hand back to create spin or to “pop” the ball. The focus for beginners should center on creating a consistent and successful serve before moving to advanced tactics. If the player is doing everything else right then contact will occur naturally. Breaking the idea that the serve depends on perfect contact, instead of the entire motion before that point, is important for creating a consistent serve.

Contact City Beach for Volleyball Training

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, any player can benefit from volleyball training. At City Beach, we have experts who have been offering volleyball training for most of their lives. We are dedicated to providing a fun, but productive environment for volleyball players of all levels. To learn more about our volleyball training camps and clinics contact City Beach today!

Corporate team building

Benefits of Corporate Team Building

The Importance of Corporate Team Building

Corporate team building has become a staple of workplace culture, and while some employees may initially dread it, they are sure to appreciate its benefits. Not only does teambuilding offer the chance to get out of the office and socialize with coworkers, but it can also increase morale and productivity levels. At City Beach in Santa Clara, we offer fun and challenging corporate team building activities. Here, we discuss some of the ways teambuilding can benefit your work environment.

Teaches Teamwork

Teamwork and collaboration are essential components of any healthy work environment. Unfortunately, many employees struggle to work together and share ideas, which is why most corporate team building activities are geared toward competition and collaboration. For example, team building activities at City Beach include volleyball, cornhole, dodgeball, and other team games. This gives your employees an opportunity to work together in a fun, relaxed environment. By bonding as a team outside of the workplace, they are more likely to communicate and collaborate on upcoming projects.

Boost Morale

Let’s face it: every employee craves a day out of the office. By getting the chance to socialize with coworkers and have some fun on a workday, employees are more likely to feel positive feelings toward your company and satisfaction with their work. This ultimately increases motivation and productivity in the workplace.

Fosters Creativity and Innovation

Studies show that people are more likely to share their thoughts and ideas when they feel comfortable in their workplace environment. Above all us, corporate team building is a social activity, a chance for people to network and get to know their fellow coworkers. When people feel more comfortable around their coworkers, they are more likely to share their ideas, fostering an environment of creativity and innovation.

Stimulates Competition

A little friendly competition goes a long way. In our team building activities at City Beach, your employees have the chance to interact in a competitive atmosphere. While the competition is all in good fun, it allows your employees to bond over completing a similar goal. This friendly competition can translate to your work environment, increasing productivity and motivating your employees to carry out of the goals of your organization.

Corporate Team Building at City Beach

If you are looking for a way to boost morale, creativity, and teamwork around your workplace, look no further than City Beach. Our competitive corporate team building activities are designed to encourage your employees to socialize, bond, and boost morale. We offer a variety of packages, some including food and beverage options. To learn more, contact us today!

Summer volleyball clinic

Choosing a Summer Volleyball Clinic

How to Choose a Summer Volleyball Clinic

A summer volleyball clinic is a great way to get some practice in the off-season and meet new friends. With many different clinics available, it can be difficult to decide which is right for you or your child. At City Beach, we offer a wide-range of volleyball clinics throughout the year, each focussing on different skill levels and components of gameplay. If you are struggling to decide on a clinic, ask yourself the following questions.

What is Your Skill Level?

Every volleyball clinic will focus on a different skill level. While some clinics may be geared toward new players others will be geared toward those with more experience. To avoid signing up for a camp that is too easy or too difficult, carefully consider your skill level. If you have been playing volleyball for couple years, an intermediate may be the ideal option. If you are a competitive high school volleyball player, you may wish to choose a clinic that will prepare you for college tryouts.

What do You Hope to Learn?

Some volleyball clinics will cover a wide range of skills, while others may focus only a few aspects of the game, such as setting and spiking. Other clinics may offer additional training, such as conditioning practice. To find the summer clinic that fits your needs, carefully consider your goals and what you hope to improve through this experience. At City Beach, we offer various clinics throughout the year that focus on different aspects of the game. Explore our site to see your options.

Who are the Coaches?

Attending a summer volleyball clinic can be a huge investment. Whether you are a player or a parent, you want to ensure that the clinic is well worth the money. Working with a group of experienced, knowledgeable coaches ensures that you will improve your game and learn new skills that you can use during the competitive season. Before signing up for a clinic, ask about the coaches and their qualifications.

What is the Atmosphere?

Though you may wish to improve your game by attending a clinic, having some fun and meeting new friends is a huge part of the experience. After all, you will be spending quite a bit of time with this group of coaches and players. Regardless of the facility, make sure that is has a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  

Volleyball Clinics at City Beach

If you are interested in attending a summer volleyball clinic, contact City Beach today! Our team of experienced coaches is dedicated to offering challenging, fun clinics that give you an opportunity to improve your skills. To learn more, browse our website or give us a call at (408) 654-9330!