Volleyball clinic advice for stretching.

Volleyball Clinic Advice: Importance of Stretching

Volleyball Clinic Advice: Why Stretching Is Important

If you’re thinking about signing up for one of the volleyball clinics at City Beach, you can be sure that our professional coaches will be prepared to teach you the basics from the ground up. Our volleyball clinics and training programs allow you to get a feel for City Beach volleyball, from play styles to the facility and courts.

But, there are a few fitness tips that are useful to go in already knowing—like just how important it is to stretch properly. Although you hear about the importance of proper stretching all the time, a surprising number of casual or aspiring athletes still neglect to do it properly.

Before you start your first volleyball clinic at City Beach, take some time to read about why proper stretching really matters.

Avoiding Aches and Pains

Exercising without stretching before and afterward puts excess tension on your muscles. This is going to result in residual pain the following day, possibly for multiple days depending on your usual level of exercise. You’re also more likely to experience severe cramping.

Reducing the Chances of Injury

Due to the reduction of stress put on the muscles, stretching can also reduce your risk of injury. While it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be injured, it definitely cuts your chances. Stiff or unprepared muscles are more susceptible to straining or even tearing, which is a severe injury. Not stretching also reduces your range of motion, giving you less precise control of your own movements while you’re exercising.

Improving Performance

Speaking of your range of motion, stretching can also help to improve your performance. Preparing your body beforehand, and showing it some extra care afterward, allows your muscles to properly adapt and recover. Increased flexibility and relaxation of muscles means better control, agility, and strength.

Adding to Your Overall Health

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the benefits of stretching are also great outside of a volleyball clinic. Improved mobility and muscular control also help your overall physical health. Not only that, but focused stretching exercises can also help reduce stress and improve your ability to relax and focus mentally. Ever wonder why Yoga is so persistently popular? The focused stretching it involves helps with both physical and mental health.

Start Your Volleyball Clinic Training

If you’re ready to get started, contact our volleyball training team about our volleyball clinics today. City Beach is dedicated to the development of every player, from novice to professional, and we’ll help you hone your skills on the court. We also offer packages for parties and corporate team building events at our volleyball center.

Volleyball training and college scholarships.

How Volleyball Training Can Help You Get a College Scholarship

How Volleyball Training Could Help You Get a Scholarship

Extracurricular athletics and sports are a great way to open up all kinds of opportunities early in your educational career. While football is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions a sports-related scholarship, there are a variety of other options. Did you know that volleyball training could lead to a scholarship? At City Beach, we know that the benefits of volleyball training can go far beyond the court. In this blog, we’re going to look at how volleyball training can help you secure a scholarship.

Athletics and Academics

One of the most important parts of gaining a scholarship based on sports is your performance—both athletically and academically. To win the approval of a college offering scholarships, you need to prove your dedication to your education, as well as to the sport you’re passionate about.

Because it’s an intense team sport, volleyball can demonstrate that exact dedication they’re looking for. Great volleyball training leads to great playing, giving you the chance to show that you’re worth the investment of a scholarship. It will also help to teach you the focus and self-discipline you need to keep your grades up.

Skills to Focus On

If you’re hoping to gain a scholarship through volleyball, there are a few key skills you should look to develop through volleyball training.

Strength and Power

The strength and power you’re able to produce during a game are vital. Making passes and driving or spiking the ball, defensive plays, blocking and being able to move quickly from a standing position all require precise and powerful movement. When you train, focus on developing your strength—cardio fitness will come with it naturally over time.

Working on Vertical Skill

If you play a front position, then you should focus on your reach. College coaches are typically looking for players who can hit high while still maintaining the power and precision mentioned above.

Keep Playing

It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but the more you play, the better you’ll be. Regular volleyball training and taking part in competitive games and tournaments will allow you to continually hone your skills. Just remember not to compromise your academic pursuits for the sake of volleyball.

Think About The School You Choose

Lastly, the City Beach team advises that you think hard about the school you choose if you’re offered more than one opportunity for a scholarship. Remember that your college education is important, so you need to balance the appeal of your athletic opportunities with the quality of education or degree you’ll get.

Contact Us About Volleyball Training

If you’re looking ahead to getting a scholarship and you have a passion for volleyball, contact us about our volleyball clinics and other training programs today. Our dedicated coaches and teams can help you develop the skills you need that’ll benefit you both on and off the court. City Beach also offers packages for parties and corporate team building events, along with much more.

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City Beach Explains the Importance of the Right Shoes

City Beach on the Right Shoes

City Beach is dedicated to the development of all our volleyball players. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced player, you’ll find the experience you’re looking for at City Beach. We offer free play, tournaments, and volleyball clinics to help you hone your skills, along with professional advice from experienced players.

With the experience we have, the City Beach team is well aware of how important it is to have the right equipment — especially the right shoes. In this blog, we’re discussing why having the right shoes for your volleyball training is absolutely vital, and offer some tips on finding the perfect fit.

Are Running Shoes Right for Volleyball Training?

If you’re new to volleyball—or to fitness training in general—you’d be forgiven for assuming that there’s only one kind of athletic shoe. In reality, there is a huge, often overwhelming variety of shoes designed for all kinds of different activities.

While running shoes tend to be the standard for many people, they are typically designed for just that—running. Most running shoes are made to withstand running for a long time in a straight line. Playing volleyball is very different.

When you play volleyball, you’re moving quickly, all over the court, frequently jumping and making sudden turns. Many running and trail-running shoes simply aren’t designed for this kind of activity.

Other Athletic Options

While it might be harder to find athletic shoes labeled specifically for volleyball, just searching for “volleyball shoes” online will bring up countless results and recommendations. Most major manufacturers make training shoes for more diverse activities than running that are ideal for volleyball. The real challenge comes not from finding the right shoes for volleyball generally, but specifically the right ones for you.

Shopping for Shoes

Before you go shopping for volleyball shoes, City Beach has a few basic tips for you. First, try to shop toward the end of the day. Our feet typically swell throughout the day from walking around, and the same happens when you exercise. Shopping later in the day means your shoes will maintain a comfortable feel through a whole game or training session.

Wear the right socks. This second tip is important because the type of socks you wear can change how shoes feel. Wear socks that you’re likely to wear during volleyball games or training sessions to get an accurate idea of how the shoes feel.

Know your feet. One of the best ways to get the right shoes for fitness is to know the shape of your feet. Are your arches high, medium or low? Where do you tend to put your weight when you stand, walk, or run? Do you have any specific, persistent issues, aches or pains? Think about the position you play and your style of play too.

When it comes to trying shoes on, you should look for some key signs that you’ve found the right fit. Avoid thinking with a “breaking in” mentality. While shoes certainly change their shape and feel through use, this doesn’t mean you should put up with uncomfortable shoes until they wear in. Your volleyball shoes should be comfortable from the beginning to help avoid injuries or painful wear on your body such as blisters.

Remember that, as with any clothing, different shoe manufacturers will size their shoes differently. Don’t just rely on the numbers! Get a real feel for how a shoe fits, make sure you have space to wiggle your toes while the shoe still feels snug overall.

The Most Important Features for Volleyball

When it comes to finding the right volleyball shoes, remember the most important factors:

  • Good grip
  • Considerable cushion
  • Stability on all sides

Find shoes with these three factors that are comfortable and lightweight, and you’re ready to take to the court.

Start Your Training at City Beach

With this info and advice, you should be able to find the perfect shoes for volleyball training. Your next step is to contact City Beach to find out more about our volleyball clinics, volleyball tournaments and all the amenities we have available. Don’t forget that we also offer great team building and event opportunities. Take a look at all the facilities available and start your training with us today.

Volleyball Training and Defense

Volleyball Training: Types of Defense

Volleyball Training: Different Defensive Formations

A good offense may be the best defense, but that doesn’t mean you should stop playing defense altogether! Being familiar with with the different types of defense in volleyball will ensure you can slot into any team or coaching style. Today in the City Beach Volleyball training blog, we discuss the different types of defense, as well as some pros and cons of each.

Perimeter

One of the most common defenses in volleyball, the perimeter defense is probably one of the first setups you learned. In this defense, players in the back row are positioned along the court’s perimeter. This defense is great because it has wide coverage and can help against hard hits. Some of the downsides it that you’re more vulnerable to tipping and the corners may not have as good coverage. For volleyball training purposes, this is also one of the easier defenses to practice and run.

Rotational

The rotation defense is fairly similar to the perimeter defense, except all players have a “read” position. They rotate into this position if they see the play developing in a way that would necessitate the rotation. Of course, the biggest benefit of this defense is that it’s flexible and adjustments can be made to better react to the offense. This defense is a little more complicated than the perimeter defense, so players need to make sure they really get their reads down in order for it to work well.

Man Up

In the man up defense, a back player joins the three front players in the front row. This defense is great for protecting against tips and attacks to the middle. Typically, coaches don’t always follow just one specific defensive formation. In fact, many times they’ll create a hybrid of the formations we went over today. Running a variety of defenses in your volleyball training sessions will help you to best prepare for whatever is thrown your way. Don’t have enough people to practice your defense formations? Come to City Beach Volleyball and train! We have clinics and open gyms perfect for improving your game.

Volleyball Training at City Beach

For the best volleyball training around, choose City Beach Volleyball. We have camps, clinics, leagues, and open gyms all coached by some of the best coaches possible. If you’re interested in pushing your limits and bringing your game to the next level, City Beach Volleyball is the place for you. Contact us today or continue browsing our website for more information about volleyball training and leagues.

Volleyball Training and Spiking

Volleyball Training: Improving your Spike

Volleyball Training Techniques: Spiking

A crucial aspect of any offensive skill set is the ability to spike the ball – and spike it well. Spiking requires a combination of technique and timing to successfully pull off. As with anything, practice makes perfect, but you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your volleyball training sessions. Today in the City Beach Volleyball blog, we go over spiking technique and how you can improve through volleyball training sessions.

Spiking Technique

Of course, spiking takes a good amount of athletic ability, but the other crucial aspect is timing. Once you see your opportunity, you have to ask fast and pull off the spike. Typically, the spike will begin when a setter creates the opportunity for you. Once the setter sets the ball to you, it’s up to you to finish the job. Take one strong step toward the ball followed by an even stronger step. During your second step, your arms should be swinging back. Take your final step to position yourself square with the ball and jump into the air. Make sure to explode off the feet when making your jump and swing your arms forward to create momentum. Pull back your striking hand and hit the ball with the center of your hand. A perfect spike can be difficult to pull off, but it can be one of the most effective ways to put points on the board.

How to Improve Your Spike

The key to effective volleyball training is repetition. Keep practicing your spikes over and over. Have your setter create different situations. Do wall spikes if you don’t have someone to work with you. Besides practicing your technique, you can also better equip your body to handle the demands of spiking. Strength training will especially help you improve your abilities. Pushups and box jumps will both help you strengthen the muscles needed to better spike the ball. Incorporating some strength and core exercises into your volleyball training routine could be just what you need to give you an edge.

Volleyball Training at City Beach

To truly master your skills and reach your potential, you need volleyball training at City Beach. We offer a variety of camps, clinics, open gyms, leagues, and more throughout the year. When it comes to volleyball training, you couldn’t pick a better place. We’re dedicated to the success of every player that walks through our doors. For more information on our volleyball programs, contact us today or continue browsing our website.

Club Volleyball Tryouts

Club Volleyball Tryouts: What to Expect

How to Prepare for Your Club Volleyball Tryouts

Club volleyball is extremely exciting. It’s highly competitive with high-level players. If you love playing volleyball, it’s great to be a part of a club volleyball team because it gives you a real challenge. Because of this elite, high-level play, tryouts are typically held to match players with the best team possible. When people hear the term tryouts, they tend to get a little nervous. This is perfectly normal, but there’s nothing to be afraid of! With proper expectations and preparation, you can nail your tryout. Today in the City Beach Volleyball blog, we talk about how you can get ready for your club volleyball tryout.

What to Expect

Don’t be intimidated when you come to tryouts. Everyone has some butterflies – whether it’s their first tryout or their twentieth. They key is to put your anxiousness to good use and play harder. Tryouts for club volleyball at City Beach are typically held over the course of several days. During this time, coaches will be assessing your skills, among other qualities. As far as what to expect, it’s not much different than typical practices that you’ve done in the past. You can expect to run quite a few drills and scrimmages. The drills will be focusing on different skills, so the coaches can get a full picture of what kind of player you are and where you might fit in best on their team.

How to Prepare

Practice, practice, practice. As cliche as it may sound, the best way you can get ready for these tryouts is to sharpen your skills every day with hard work and practice. Remember though, although your skills will play a big part in the coach’s decision, it’s not the only factor at play. Having hussle and a great attitude goes a long way. Someone could be very skilled, but if they have a terrible attitude and difficulty following directions, coaches may not want to go through the trouble of having them on their team.  Show the coaches that you’re there to play and be part of a great club volleyball team.

Club Volleyball at City Beach

If you’re ready to play club volleyball at City Beach, make sure to sign up for tryouts! We have a variety of teams with open spots. City Beach is proud to have some of the best volleyball coaches in the nation, so when you play with us, you play with the best. We also have a variety of camps, clinics, and open gyms throughout the year. Contact us today for more information, or continue browsing our website to see all we have to offer.

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What to Look For in a Good Volleyball Clinic

Volleyball Clinic: What to Look For in a Good Clinic

Sports camps and clinics can be a very fulfilling and beneficial thing for young athletes. Not only will they be able to spend a few days hanging out with other athletes and playing the sport they love, but they will also be learning and applying valuable skills, developing them for a future in high-level athletics. Volleyball clinics are no different and they are increasingly beneficial for young players, regardless of skill level. However, finding the right volleyball clinic is important as well, depending on why your child wants to get involved. Today, the City Beach blog wants to look at some factors that go into a good volleyball clinic.

What Does Your Child Want to Get Out of the Volleyball Clinic?

This is the first question you must ask and arguably the most important one. While competition and skill development is a worthy venture, it also shouldn’t be done in a way that isn’t approved by the child. Meaning, if your child doesn’t have an interest in playing college or even high school volleyball, pushing them with higher intensity camps will likely push them out of athletics quicker. As a parent, determining whether or not your child wants to compete or have fun is a crucial factor.

If they want to compete, then you can find clinics that will focus more on skill development than fun. City Beach has a wide variety of clinics like this. These clinics will give your child the opportunity to learn from top-of-the-line coaches, as well as get to compete against competition that they may not otherwise be able to in their leagues. This is especially true of players that are currently playing in school volleyball programs at smaller schools where the competition level isn’t as high. If they want to have fun, we also have programs for that. While competition is important, we also believe that sports should be, well, fun. They should be fun and there are many clinics that place the emphasis on that side of the coin.

What Type of Clinic Are You Looking For?

Obviously, you are looking for a high-quality clinic. However, you may not be looking for a clinic with top-of-the-line equipment and facilities. You may just be looking for a parks and rec clinic for your child to learn the basics. The quality of the clinic goes much further than its viability. Assuming that all the clinics you are looking at are legitimate operations, your view of “quality” will shift.

How much money are you looking to spend? This factor is almost always determined by the skill level of the athlete. So if you are looking for a camp for your child to have fun at, you likely won’t have to break the bank. Higher level clinics for the higher level athlete, however, can run a little bit more expensive. How long is the clinic? Some clinics are single sessions and other are multiple sessions. These are just a few factors to consider

City Beach Volleyball Can Find You The Right Clinic

Finding the right volleyball clinic can be tough. There are a lot of factors that go into the decision. Luckily, City Beach Volleyball offers clinics for all age groups and skill levels. Contact us today at (408) 654-9330 or visit our website for more information.

Beach Volleyball Players

Differences Between Indoor and Beach Volleyball

How Indoor and Beach Volleyball Differ

Here at City Beach Volleyball, we offer both indoor and outdoor beach volleyball, letting you play any way you want. But what are the biggest differences between playing on a court and playing in the sand? If you’ve played before, you probably already know the answer. If you usually play inside and haven’t played beach volleyball before, it’s definitely something you should experience. Today in the City Beach blog, we’ll talk about the differences between these two styles of play.

Rules

The rules in beach volleyball differ quite a bit. For one, while indoor volleyball will have six players per side, while beach volleyball will only have two. Also instead of a five-set match, the match will only be a best-of-three match where each game is played to 21 points, as opposed to the typical 25. Also, side changes will occur every seven points, as opposed to the typical indoor volleyball game, where side changes happen every game. Tipping is also illegal in sand volleyball.

Ball Size

The ball used in beach volleyball isn’t much different than an indoor one. They’re typically softer and a bit bigger. You’ll want to make sure you’re using a volleyball that’s specified for outdoor use in order to get the best play.

Court Size

Due to the smaller amount of players, the court will need to be smaller too. Beach volleyball courts are 16x8m while indoor courts are 18x9m. They’re also smaller because sand is harder to traverse, making it easier for players to get to the ball and keep it alive. This makes for a fast-paced and exciting play style.

Play Style

As we mentioned, sand is difficult to move agilely in, so expect to be a bit slower and expend more energy getting to the ball. Beach volleyball also requires players to be able to play pretty much every position, since there’s only two of them. This is great because it helps you to build a diverse skill set. If you typically play indoor, this makes it worthwhile because you’ll have more experience in your arsenal.

Play Indoor and Beach Volleyball at City Beach

Whether you like playing indoor or beach volleyball, you don’t have to choose at City Beach. We have high-quality courts for each. We also offer camps, clinics, leagues, and more for both indoor and beach volleyball. If you love volleyball, we’re the place to be. Contact us today for more information on our facility and all we have to offer.

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Why You Should Add Conditioning to Your Volleyball Training

Volleyball Training: The Benefits of Conditioning

When it comes to volleyball training, nothing matters more than developing the skills necessary to the game. If you don’t know the proper way to pass, your passes will go wild. If you don’t know how to set, your team will struggle to get any good shots in when you rotate into the center. If you don’t know the proper spiking techniques, you will miss out on easy points. Even after learning these skills, some people struggle on the court. This typically happens when the player lacks the proper conditioning. After learning the right skills, the next best thing you can do is keep up your conditioning.

Keep Your Game Up

Few of us love running sprints or jogging or doing anything having to do with conditioning. Most players hate the part of volleyball training dedicated to suicides and running, but this plays a crucial part in keeping your game at its best. When you have the stamina and conditioning to run all game, you can get into the right position to receive the ball. Your perfect passing placement or soft setting touch means nothing if you can’t get your body beneath the ball. Footwork and getting your body in the right position are one of the most important aspects of volleyball. Proper conditioning keeps you in the game until the end, and it gets you the right position for each play.

Keep Yourself Healthy

When we talk about conditioning, we are really talking about both anaerobic and aerobic exercise. Both of these forms of exercise, when performed together, improve your overall health. They both kick your heart into gear. That means you will reduce the likelihood of having cardiovascular diseases. Volleyball training typically includes a fair amount of aerobic exercise. This improves your lungs and allows you to do more before lactic acid accumulates in your muscles. Aerobic exercise has countless benefits. It lowers your cholesterol, decreases blood pressure, helps stave off depression, and reduces the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Conditioning during volleyball training can give you all of these benefits.

Get Volleyball Training at City Beach

At City Beach, we do all things volleyball. If you want to play in a volleyball tournament or a volleyball league, we are the place for you. We also provide youth camps where we offer volleyball training to a wide range of age groups. If you want to rent out our volleyball courts for corporate team building, we can do that as well. To learn more, contact City Beach today!

Solo Volleyball training

Tips for Solo Volleyball Training

Volleyball Training: Solo Practice Tips

Volleyball season is fast approaching and many players, both novice and experienced want to “tune up” their body and improve their volleyball skills. Unfortunately, sometimes you just can’t make it to the court to practice.

Fortunately, there are drills and exercises for volleyball training that can be performed at home or away from the court. We will take a short look at these drills and exercises for solo practice. As always, it’s important to warm up your body with stretches before you begin your workout.

Volleyball Training Drills

When practicing volleyball drills, it is important to be aware of your technique. When practicing solo, it’s good to take the extra time to observe and correct your technique for setting, serving, and passing.

Serving Drills

Practice serving by distancing yourself from a wall, aiming for a spot (as you would on the court) and practice serving so you hit that spot. Be aware of your hand position and try to follow through as you aim for your spot on the wall. Hopefully, you won’t have to run too far to retrieve your ball! If you are able to practice on a court with someone to retrieve the ball for you, even better!

Setting Drills

The first group of setting drills is to warm up your hands. Start by performing quick wall sets for about 45 seconds. Follow this by increasing your distance from the wall and setting for 60 seconds, then take another step back and do the wall sets for 90 seconds.

The second group of sets is done lying on your back with knees bent. Vary the speed and height of your sets, in groups of 100.

Passing Drills

Passing-to-self drills involve performing the passing-to-self motion but with varying the feet. You can pass to yourself with your feet stationary, moving forward and backward or side-to-side. Wall passes can be practiced either forward or diagonally as you would in a game. Move from wall passes into a combination of pass-set-pass against the wall. Finally, you can practice passing and setting to yourself.

Hitting Drills

Hitting drills can be performed by hitting against a wall. Remember to also practice your swing arm approach to a hit.

City Beach Volleyball

Looking for a place to practice or volleyball teams to join? City Beach Volleyball, located in Santa Clara, CA is the area’s leading volleyball court facility. Offering club volleyball, volleyball clinics, as well as corporate team building, birthday parties and private parties, City Beach Volleyball can help you meet your volleyball training goals. Visit our website at www.citybeach.com