Beach Volleyball Protective Gear
Beach volleyball is not a contact sport, but, like any sports played at a competitive level, you can hurt yourself while playing. In competitive games, you might find yourself diving and flinging your body for balls. Don’t think that the beach and sand will keep you from hurting yourself. Sure, it beats falling on concrete, but you will still want to protect yourself. City Beach shares some of the most popular protective gear for beach volleyball in today’s blog.
If you have never played beach volleyball before, the idea of sand socks might come as a surprise to you. These are, yes, socks that you wear in the sand to protect your feet. Have you ever spent a hot afternoon at the beach and forgotten your flip-flops? You probably had to sprint the last few yards to the water. Sand is less of an insulator than water or hard ground. It takes less direct sunlight to heat sand to an unbearable temperature, but sand cannot hold this heat for a long period of time. It doesn’t matter if you play your games in the heat of the day or at night. The sand will rarely be a comfortable temperature. Sand socks protect your feet from the heat and chill with thick duratex soles and a breathable upper.
This depends on where you play. If you make it to any tournaments on the beach, you will definitely want to wear sunglasses to protect you from the sun. The reflection of the sun off the water will increase the UV radiation, and you also wouldn’t want the sun’s glare to affect your play.
If you are transitioning from indoor volleyball to beach volleyball, one of the biggest differences, aside from the sand, will be all the sunlight. If you burn easily, you should consider investing in sunscreen. You would be surprised how much damage the sun can do during a single practice or game. Take care of your skin with a bit of sunscreen before you play.
Not everyone feels the need to wear knee pads while playing on sand. Other players continue to use them in the sand. It can be both a physical and psychological thing. Sand can still pack a punch if you hit it in the wrong way. If you have had knee injuries in the past or you just feel most comfortable diving for shots with pads on, then you should not hesitate to wear knee pads while playing beach volleyball.
Get Your Beach Volleyball On at City Beach
Are you looking for a place to play volleyball? Are your kids interested in getting into one of the world’s more underrated and most enjoyable sports? If you answered yes to either of these questions, City Beach is the place for you. We are located right here in Santa Clara, and we are always ready for new players!