Oklahoma Reional Volleyball Association

Beach

Our Mission is to develop, promote and grow beach volleyball opportunities in our region. To elevate personal growth through the sport of beach volleyball in the Region. It is our goal to provide solid support and resources for players, coaches, officials and club leadership to improve skills and enhance enjoyment of the game while providing quality playing and tournament experiences for all members.

John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Education, Grassroots, Disabled & Beach Volleyball

The beach game is GREAT for improving your indoor skills/game. Whatever your weaknesses are, you get to work on them a ton. Unlike the 6 person game, you touch the ball in every rally, and with just two of you covering the court, you learn to read and anticipate much better. Dealing with the sun and wind helps you be more adaptable. Player height is less important outdoors -- ball control and skill is most important. You get to be outside in the sun, often in beautiful settings. It is a great way to improve your jump, as there are just two of you to block and hit every rally. Communicating effectively is essential in the sport, and the game helps you and your teammate to grow stronger together. Most top level coaches encourage their players to play as much as they can on the beach. Just refrain on the day of the match. Consider also applying to one of many RVA and National High Performance Beach Camps, held in the summer - for juniors, collegiate and recent college graduates.

"A lot of indoor players are specialists, but on the beach you need to play all phases well, and you need a lot of ball control." - Karch Kiraly

Rich McLaughlin, Loyola Marymount University men's volleyball coach explains how the sand game benefits his players: "I've always told my players to play in games at the beach during the off season. It helps in so many ways. First, there are fewer guys around that can bail out your mistakes. Playing at the beach works your ball control skills. It seems it's always the beach player who steps in from the back row to set the ball after one of those inspirational digs by the setter. Those transition plays win matches. The sand also helps you work on your speed and agility. Indoors you'll expand your digging range and be quicker in pursuit after balls. A player like Corin Bemus (AAA) really shows that he played a lot of beach ball. He can do it all out there - hit, set, block and coaches love to have those types of athletes. Staying focused during a beach game requires a big level of concentration. Deal with any distraction after the game. During the game, focus on jump serving and passing. Set personal goals. And, of course, I remind them of the LMU way - compete, don't just play."