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© 2011 Technical & Development Department
Beach Volleyball Drill-book
THE WARM UP
The function of the warm up is to prepare the body for high-level performance, reduce the
chance of injury and also to allow the athletes to get a feel for the current conditions.
The warm up does not necessarily need to be Beach Volleyball related. Sometimes a random
fun but safe movement activity is a great way to start a training session.
Activities with a ball will be better however as they allow the participant to get a feel for the
current wind conditions.
Most importantly – get moving – have fun!
Beginners
Improving beginning athletes’ ability to maintain a rally and enjoy the game will be largely
related to the athletes (young or old) ability to move through the sand and correctly anticipate
where the ball will need to be played considering the wind conditions.
Obviously teaching them the basic skills of the serve, pass, set, and spike is important but this
should not be at the detriment of the athletes learning about general game concepts and how
the environment affects the ball.
With this in mind, drills or games where the ball is tossed and caught or passed over certain
distances / heights are great for developing body awareness in the sand and will enable the
development of the skill of anticipating ball movement in the wind.
The feedback from a bad throw or pass to a partner is not as clear and fast as the feedback that
you receive from not being able to catch your own pass, so invent some fun ball related
challenges that provide the athlete instant feedback on their success.
Games using a larger and lighter ball which exaggerates the effects of the wind may help to
promote quicker learning and are a fun way for very young athletes to be introduced to the
game. The more opportunities beginning athletes get to become students of the environment
the better. Remember: One training in the wind is worth three in the calm!
Intermediate
Assuming that intermediate athletes have the basic skills of the game and have developed an
ability to adjust to the wind, warm-ups could move towards focusing on the development of
specific skills.
Advanced
Preventing Injury is important at all levels of the game but perhaps it takes on even more
significance at the professional level where staying healthy is vital to the livelihood of the
athlete. Some aspect of the warm up should be dedicated to paying special attention to those
areas of the body that are tight and have a potential to flare up.