Beach Volleyball Secrets and Serve Receive Tips on Lower Body Positioning, Part 1

Published: 09th June 2010
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Whether you call it serve receive, bump, or the forearm pass, the ability to receive the serve is one of the most critical aspects of the beach volleyball game. Quite frankly, if you can't pass then you can't play and since this is an offensive skill of finesse and technique, and not power or force, with practice, concentration and repetition you should be able to improve your beach volleyball serve receive technique in no time at all.

Lower Body Positions

Improve Your Feet Positioning With These Serve Receive Tips

In beach volleyball the way that you should place your feet for the forearm pass ready position does not differ much than what you do in an indoor volleyball game. As I described in my article 'Top 5 Volleyball Tips for Improving Your Serve Receive" your feet should be in a comfortably balanced position about shoulder width apart with your knees bent in a slight squat so that you can move front, back, sideways, diagonally or turn and run quickly.

Some players prefer to have their right foot forward when they are passing on the right side and have their left foot forward when passing on the left to protect the line that they are playing the closest to and it positions their body to face where they want the ball to go. Alternatively, there are players who face their target so they pass straight ahead stepping right to the ball while the majority of pro players angle their shoulders to the target regardless of where they are on the court, similar to what players do when they were playing indoor.

The secret to better passing in beach volleyball is to move your feet so that you get your body behind the ball, when you can, you always want to play the ball within the centerline of your body. Because you're now playing in the sand, you want to run to get to the ball and then fight to get your feet in a balanced position underneath you so that you can have your body behind the ball.
Passing from a straddled position with a stance where one foot is two or three feet in front of the other is not a balanced position. The best serve receive position is to have both feet squarely planted side-by-side, so you're not rocking back and forth or wobbling around by the time you contact the ball. For any last minute adjustments that you make (and you will have to make them) you want to make them so you finish up in this balanced position.

Leg Positioning

Just like in indoor you "pass with your legs". You use your bent knees and leg strength to get underneath the ball, getting your body as far towards the ball to play it, by stepping into it and with your platform angled to the target.


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