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.


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.


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.

Female volleyball players listen at a volleyball clinic

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.

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.


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.