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.

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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

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Differences Between Club Volleyball and High School Volleyball

Club Volleyball vs. High School Volleyball

For young people, the sport of volleyball offers a fast-paced, high energy game. This competitive sport is popular across the nation, providing players a variety of opportunities for practice and competition.  In many areas of the country, young people have the opportunity to participate in club volleyball or on a high school volleyball team. But what are the differences between these two types of volleyball competition, as well as the pros and cons of participating in either type of team? Here, City Beach provides an answer.

What is Club Volleyball?

Club Volleyball is a network of nationally organized, competitive volleyball teams developed known as the USA Junior Olympic Volleyball for pre-college players and competing under the rules as set forth by the USA Volleyball organization. Club volleyball provides competition and advanced training for players from ages 10 to 18  who wish to compete on the local, regional, and national levels.

Playing club volleyball provides the competitive player with access to the sport’s most talented coaches, an extended season with a venue for fitness and skill development, as well as exposure to college coaches for the older student athletes. The extended season of club volleyball provides an opportunity athletes to test their skills against other athletes locally, regionally, and nationally at the June finals.

What is High School Volleyball?

At the high school level, volleyball for girls is a fall sport and a spring sport for the boys. The rules are determined by each state’s athletic association rules. However, many state organizations follow the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations for governance. Volleyball at the high school level may or may not be as competitive as club volleyball.

The shorter length of the high school season gives those athletes the opportunity to compete in other high school sports and competition extends from the local level to the state level only.

City Beach Volleyball, Santa Clara, CA

City Beach Volleyball offers a full-range of volleyball tournament opportunities for the competitive club volleyball player or the recreational adult player. Our year-round facility offers a wide selection of events and activities from birthday parties, private parties, corporate team building and a host of team tournaments, volleyball training and competitions.

Our camps and training sessions during the off season provide players with top-notch professional college level coaches to aid in training to hone those volleyball skills. Contact City Beach Volleyball today at 408-654-9330 or visit our website today at www.citybeach.com.

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Beach Volleyball: Tips for Beginners

Beginner Beach Volleyball Tips

Sunny southern California offers many opportunities for fitness and one of the hottest, most popular activities for adults is beach volleyball. Volleyball is no longer a sport just for high schools or professional athletes but rather a sport that anyone can learn and enjoy. Volleyball offers a full body workout as well as hand-eye coordination development and the opportunity to socialize with new friends.

Interested in learning about beach volleyball but it’s been awhile since you participated in a team sport? Here are some tips to help you get started and enjoy beach volleyball.

Beach Volleyball vs. Court Volleyball

First, beach volleyball is quite different from court volleyball. The surface is soft, the lines on a beach volleyball court are generally made from ropes or simply drawn in the sand, and the ball is heavier and deflated a little to “deaden” it so that it cannot be blown by the wind.  The rules for beach volleyball are different, too, and learning from professional coaches or attending a volleyball clinic will enhance your enjoyment of the game.


Being in shape for any sport, or improving needed skills like footwork or serving will make game participation more enjoyable. For beach volleyball, a full body exercise sport, being able to make agile movements in the sand is key. Go to your nearest beach and practice walking, running, jumping, and side-stepping to develop your footwork skills.


Beach volleyball is a sport that uses minimal personal equipment, but a few things are important. First of all, a good sweat-proof sunscreen with a high SPF is necessary. A day in the sun is always fun, but you want to protect your skin with a good sunscreen. A hat, sunglasses with a safety strap and comfortable beach attire is what you need. Shoes are optional but remember to protect your feet from blisters.


Fortunately for the beginner, playing the game and having fun is more important than skill. Technique will come with practice. Remember that a player’s job is to keep the ball in the air and off the sand – the more you play, the better your skills will become. Just keep your eye on the ball and go for it!

Finding Beach Volleyball Teams

Here at City Beach Volleyball, we offer a full complement of volleyball services including volleyball tournaments, volleyball clinics and volleyball training & conditioning. Located in lovely Santa Clara, CA, City Beach Volleyball also offers corporate team building and girls beach volleyball teams. Contact us today at 408-654-9330 or visit our website at www.citybeach.com.

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Spice Up Your Corporate Team Building with a Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball Tournaments for Corporate Team Building

Nothing brings a corporate team together like a bit of sweat, sports, and friendly competition. At City Beach, we offer our courts for corporate team building events all the time. Many companies, we have found, love holding a volleyball tournament to boost team morale and take some of the pressure off. A corporate volleyball tournament can help your team in more ways than you can imagine.

Builds Team Chemistry

Wait – but they are competing against each other right? Well, yes, your employees and management teams will be divided into teams and will compete to win the tournament, but this does not diminish the fact that they will get to work together on their individual teams. People will have to learn how to play with each other and learn to build off of one another’s strengths. When teams are not playing, they also get to come together to root for their friends or root against the rivals. This also forms bonds.

Alters Roles

When the secretary secretly played volleyball in junior college and ends up winning the volleyball tournament MVP, your employees and management may never see them the same way again. You will see your team from completely new angles when you play a sport together. Bosses become more human in their failure to platform properly or set the ball. Employees who seem to go under the radar become star players. These altered roles give you a better sense of the people you work with that leads to deeper and more positive relationships.

Builds Trust

These altered roles and the camaraderie of relying on each other for support during a game builds trust. This is fundamental to having a well-run business. During the day-to-day grind, your employees need to learn to trust their teammates, and management needs to learn to trust their employees. Nothing destroys a work environment like mistrust and micromanagement. A volleyball tournament uses competition and teamwork to form trust among various members of teams across the company.

Increases Confidence

Learning new skills or showing off old skills leads to increased confidence. You won’t need to come away from the volleyball tournament with a gold medal to take positives from the experience. Sometimes work feels like an endless slog of one issue after another. In sports, you can and will accomplish concrete tasks and overcome identifiable difficulties. This allows you and your team to come away feeling the confidence to take on the world in the way completing one week’s list of tasks only to have them renewed again the next rarely does.

Schedule Corporate Volleyball Tournament Today

Contact City Beach today to learn about our corporate team building packages. Get your team onto the court and start building their confidence, trust, and team chemistry today.

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The Anatomy of a Volleyball Court

The Essential Elements of a Volleyball Court

Some people who have only watched but never played volleyball might think the rules of the game are more complex than they actually are. Much of this is due to the markings and lines on the typical volleyball court. To the untrained eye, it might look like a bunch of random boxes that make no sense. It does not help that your average volleyball court has the dual function as a basketball court. In today’s City Beach blog, we go over the different elements of a volleyball court.

Indoor Volleyball Court

An indoor volleyball court has two symmetrical squares on either side of the net. Both of these squares measure 30 feet by 30 feet. Between the two squares sits a net raised on two poles. The net measurement depends on the age and sex of the teams playing. An adult male team plays with nets raised to 7 feet and 11 ⅝ inches. Adult female teams play with nets raised to 7 feet and 4 ⅛ inches. You will notice lines on either side of the court running parallel to the net. These lines are called the attack lines. They separate the front three players from the back three players. The front three players can play behind this line, but the backcourt players cannot play the ball in front of this line. It sits 10 feet from the net.

Beach Volleyball Sand Court

The biggest difference here is – you guessed it! – the sand. The courts are smaller as well. Well, there is actually a bit of confusion here. A recreational sand court is the same size as an indoor court, and games are played with teams of 4 to 6. Official beach volleyball rules, however, call for a court 52 feet and 6 inches long and 26 feet and 3 inches wide. Only two players per team play in professional beach volleyball, so the court is smaller to accommodate this change. The sand court has no lines aside from the boundary lines, and both players can hit from anywhere inside their area of the court. Beach volleyball, however, calls for other regulations. Inside the court, the sand must be 18 inches deep. Around the edges of the court, the sand should be at least 12 inches deep. This helps prevent injuries.

Play Volleyball at City Beach

If you are looking for a place to play volleyball in Santa Clara, look no further than City Beach. You can choose to play on a beach or indoor volleyball court. We also have volleyball tournaments and leagues. Contact us today for more information.

What Protective Gear do I Need for Indoor Volleyball Training?

Indoor Volleyball Training Protective Gear

Are you interested in learning to play volleyball? If you’ve never played volleyball or never had indoor volleyball training before, you might wonder what protective gear you need in order to play. In this City Beach blog, we take a look at the personal and court protective gear needed for indoor volleyball training.

Personal Gear

Volleyball takes a lot of physical exertion. You will need to move laterally and burst in short sprints. Often the ball will end up just out of reach no matter how you push yourself. To keep the ball in play, you will dive for it. Though it may look scary from the outside, most players dive for the ball almost without thinking. The competitive nature of the game just brings it out in us.

The jumping, lateral movement, and sprinting can easily result in sprained ankles, sprained knees, and pulled muscles. Sadly, there is nothing you can really do to stop this from happening aside from stretching before and after games and following an appropriate conditioning schedule. You can, however, buy knee pads to protect your knees from banging against the hardwood floor.

Court Gear

If you plan on playing volleyball in a tight space, you will need some extra protective gear for the court itself. Indoor volleyball training and playing sometimes takes up more space than the lines of the court. Sometimes a dive, a dig, or a pass will go wayward and take a player outside the boundaries of the court. This happens quite often with less experienced players in the beginning of their indoor volleyball training.

You can purchase protective padding to line the walls with. If the space is small enough and the ball wild enough, you can easily find yourself following a ball soaring over your head and run smack into the wall. The same holds true for the poles. If you are new to the game, you might want to put some padding on the poles to protect yourself while you launch yourself for those difficult-to-reach spikes.

Get All the Indoor Volleyball Training You Need at City Beach

If this sounds like too much of a hassle, you can head on down to City Beach. We’d love to give you some tips and help you with your volleyball training. We have the perfect facility for you. We have not only great courts but also a dedicated staff to help you out. Choose indoor volleyball training at City Beach. We’ll be here waiting for you.

Protective Gear for Beach Volleyball

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.

Sand Socks

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.

Knee Pads

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!

Two players from the City Beach volleyball teams

A Look at City Beach Volleyball Teams

Volleyball Teams: A City Beach Preview

Each year, City Beach Volleyball offers a wide variety of volleyball teams for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Our team structure and system is unique to other athletics teams because we have a structure for all players. We have leagues heavily devoted to individual player development as well as teams solely focused on competing and winning matches. In today’s post, City Beach takes a look at a few of these teams and what 2018 will look like.

Youth League-Recreational Teams (Ages 8-14)

Our rec league volleyball teams are the best in the business, offering a unique combination of skill development and fun. These teams compete in the Great America tournament and four youth league tournaments. We offer high-level coaches, but their instruction is given in a low-stress environment.

Unlike other volleyball teams, playing time is equally distributed. If you sign your child up for this team, you can rest assured that they will be on the court as much as any other player. These leagues exist to allow your child to have fun playing volleyball while also learning how to play the game. We want to be able to develop your child in their volleyball skills, but more importantly, we want them to have fun.

Area and Invitational Competitive Development Teams

These volleyball teams are devoted to developing the skills and traits of the players participating, helping them to learn to control their success. Their playing time reflects this goal, so while playing time won’t necessarily be equal, it won’t be lopsided. The focus for these teams isn’t just winning matches, but more centered on development.

And while these volleyball teams aren’t focused solely on winning, we do believe that competition is what drives development and helps to push players to grow in their skill. We do this by allowing our 25 area league teams to compete in the AAU Pacific League under the leadership of exceptional coaching while our invitational league teams compete against Power League and Premier League teams at all the NCVA’s largest events.

Competitive Power Teams

These volleyball teams are unique to our other leagues because it is at this level that we devote ourselves to winning matches and having team success. While players still develop through these leagues, this is the time where our player’s development over their years of playing volleyball comes together to produce an on-the-court result.

The biggest difference with these teams will be playing time. For our power teams, we use a performance-based playtime standard. This means that the best player for the job will play and other players are expected to be ready to be called upon when needed, but also willing to support the team when not on the court.

Come Play on a City Beach Volleyball Team

While the 2018 season is about to kick off, there are still spots needed. Several teams are looking for a variety of players at a variety of positions. If you aren’t able to get into a league this year, be on the lookout for sign-ups throughout 2018. Contact us today at (408) 654-9330 or visit our website for more information.