Beach Volleyball Attacking Course: Approach Footwork

Beach volleyball attack training

Hey guys, the video that you’re about to watch is an example of one of our lessons from our attacking course: approach footwork, which will be coming out soon. We have a lot of different lessons that are built into this course that will teach you all different types of skills that we think you need in order to become the best attacker possible. Make sure you click subscribe, click that little bell for the notifications so that you can be reminded when we are coming out with a video next.

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Your approach is probably the most important part of your attack. If we’re going to teach you a four-step approach, I suggest that everybody use a four-step approach because it is what’s going to give you enough time and enough patience and enough power to make whatever swing you are trying to make. With that four-step approach, you are going to want to use as much distance between you and the net as you can. One common theme that we see as volleyball coaches is that after somebody passes they tend to run up to the net to start their approach very, very close to the net and if you notice if I take four steps right left, right, left, now I am super tight to the net and that’s something that we want to avoid. So the first thing that we are going to talk about is keeping this distance between you and the net so that you will have the ball in front of you at all times. The next thing that we need to think about is the timing of our footwork. As you go through your approach from your first step to your fourth step, it should go from slow to fast.

Another issue that we see is that people have a consistent speed from their first step to their last step. And if you have that then your ability to adjust is not as good as we would like it to be. So make sure you are starting off slow and you are finishing very fast or explosive. That’s going to allow you to get up in the air as high as possible, allowing you to make whatever shot you were trying to do the most effective. So just like we would go slow to fast. Now we’re going to be thinking about the distance of our steps, which is going to go small, bigger and then biggest. Those biggest steps are going to be our last two steps right before we go on the attack. After we pass this ball, we should gather ourselves a little bit, do not rush to the net and then once the setter touches the ball, that is when our first step of our approach initiates.

We’re going to slowly put our right foot down on the ground. This should feel like you’re walking down the street with one of your friends after you got a coffee and you’re just enjoying the day. So our first two steps are going to feel very, very calm. So once again we are going from slow to fast and from small to big. After we make this pass, we are gathering ourselves. We see the set or touch the ball. We are putting down our rights step, our left step, and then our last two steps allowing for us to make a strong attack. If you are a right handed attacker, then your steps should go right, left, right, left. If you are a left handed attacker, then you need to do the opposite, which is going to be left right, left, right, which then you would jump in the air and that’s when you would perform your swing.

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