Beach Volleyball Video Analysis: Arm Swing Mechanics, Defensive Positioning, Attack Timing

Beach Volleyball Attack Training

Beach volleyball pro Mark Burik sits down with Joe L to discuss arm swing mechanics, defensive positioning, and attack timing in this helpful beach volleyball training video analysis.

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Speaker 1 (00:00):

The first time that you feel that is like, it’s like you finally hit the sweet spot of the ball. Like when you play baseball and you got a hold of the whole thing and you’re just like, it felt like the ball was a part of the back for a second and that’s what it feels like when you hit it.

Speaker 1 (00:24):

So one of the things, like if you can put your computer down, I don’t know if that’s possible, but one of the biggest things that I’ve really been working on is first of all, can you like put your arm up but 90 degrees? No. From there, just drop your shoulder blade down and back without moving your arm. So just your shoulder blade, see how your chest is kind of flaring. When you do that, Shannon can do that with your chest. Just drop your shoulder blade down and back and then see if the whole arm can be loose. W the whole arm. So you’re probably, most people get real tense, like this muscle gets solid when they get in that position. So you have to train yourself to loosen that muscle so that your whole upper arm is loose while this muscle called the rom void, while this muscle it is activating here [inaudible] so it says if, you know, like when you try to like squeeze your, your shoulder blades together [inaudible] want that feeling without squeezing this.

Speaker 1 (01:34):

So you want to have that feeling but then a loose arm, huh? Okay. All right. And that’s the first generation of speed and looseness. It’s once you flex, most people know that they have to get open and open their chest, but they do that by like squeezing, they’re rear delts. I know that I do squeezing the rear delts and when you squeeze those muscles, your arm gets really slow. Like, um, did you ever, you played baseball, right? Uh, when I was little. So you were pretty much like the only piece of, the only piece of advice I ever remember hearing from like literally fathers was like, don’t squeeze it son, don’t squeeze it. And, and I don’t think they like actually knew what that, what that meant. They probably all just heard it from one guy and in our neighborhood. And like basically what it meant was somebody was trying to aim so much and throw so hard that they were tensing and actually squeezing the ball and that affected their accuracy and their speed. Oh, okay. Right. Because if you have tense muscles, they can’t be fast. If you have loose muscles then they, then they can act really fast. No going from Z approach sequence. Um, cause you know, maybe I starting, I mean conceptually I understand that, but I know I’m not doing it cause like I just spent

Speaker 2 (02:59):

an hour trying to loosen up my shoulder. Uh, just from that being all, you know, my shoulder girl will be just super, super tight. Um, when you’re approaching, are you still kind of in a slightly athletic kind of stagger stance and then you’re opening up with your hips still kind of square to the net or are you starting with your hips off kind of more of a 30 degree angle or something? Uh, in relation to the net and then bringing that through to square point.

Speaker 1 (03:29):

Okay. So the number one person who has the best Instagram videos on this right now is torque VB. I told you about him.

Speaker 2 (03:38):

No [inaudible] didn’t you do some work with him?

Speaker 1 (03:42):

I saw a video. Okay. Yup. And he’s, he’s a master of this, like he’s a [inaudible] specialist and biomechanics specialist and he really has a great understanding of the body. Um, so T R O Q VB. Make sure you just write that down and just follow it on Instagram. And if you want to go on your phone, have to go to Instagram. But um, you can open up an, you can do it a hundred, I don’t think, I don’t know. Yeah, his, his account would be public. So you can actually look [inaudible] you do have a litter of kids there, so good job.

Speaker 1 (04:31):

Okay. So basically what you want, uh, if you can see my, my hips here, all right. Is you want this hip, so push forward and this shoulder to push back at the same time. So if you want, you can stand again, but you want to be able to like wrap your hand around like a seatbelt and pull your butt forward and then open up your chest too. That way. So this hip is forward, this shoulder is back, right? Once you have that stretch, like this rotation from here because you can see the side of my hip and you’ve kind of my chest, right? So that’s a thoracic rotation. That means that this side is stretched and now I can fire through.

Speaker 2 (05:21):

No, no. Let me ask you, on your approach, are you pushing that hip through upon

Speaker 1 (05:27):

your, your press when you press up on toast? Yeah, exactly. Yeah. You know, even I, I misunderstood this. Um, the ability of, I was always confused by a lot of coaches who told me that to hit with my hips and it never made sense because I was like, how can you throw your hips once you’re in the air? It’s not, there is no power anymore. Like you can’t throw your hips once you’re in the air. And, um, the way that Isaac explained it, which I’m so blessed to have met him, is your hips do need to be slightly open because if they’re closed like this and the ball’s over here [inaudible] you’re not going to have enough rotation on it. So they do need to be slightly open to the ball of the ball. We’re here. Right? But when you jump one, two, three, four, this right hip should push forward as this right arm reaches back. So right now your hips are parallel with the neck, correct? Yeah. Okay. Yeah. Or if I’m facing like the diagonal corner upside, my hips can be open to that corner, right? They can be open to the diagonal corner. Um, if you’re on the right side, your hips would be straight onto the net. If you’re on the left side, your hips would be facing directly at like the corner of the court, the diagonal corner.

Speaker 2 (06:55):

But you’re literally starting. And so if we talk about the hip rotation here, your liver is to start with, with maybe the right hand player. My hip is back slightly and then I’m pushing it forward on takeoff.

Speaker 1 (07:07):

Correct? Yes. Okay. Yeah, exactly. Okay. Yeah.

Speaker 2 (07:10):

Susie, like little things like that. Like I know it, you know, probably is almost,

Speaker 1 (07:15):


Speaker 2 (07:16):

Taken for granted. But like me being, I just ah, come in straight and just all shoulder and like I know I’m supposed to be doing something else, but like, I don’t know if it’s upon, you know, the approach is it on takeoff but that, so that helps out. That’s something I can definitely work through. Thank you.

Speaker 1 (07:31):

And um, yeah, you know, I grew up in high school. I got trained as a quarterback and baseball forever. So we did all of these exercises where we would put our right foot up and then I would have to throw to you, okay. Right to stretch and then fire to you to explore that. Um, and then we did the same thing standing up where it’s like, okay, now I’m on my bad foot but I can still release. Now I’m like good foot but I can still release. Um, and so those throwing mechanics come to a lot of like natural throwing athletes, um, a little bit easier. But, uh, and we trained for that torque as throwing athletes, but it’s not explained in the same way for volleyball for some reason. Um, and it should be,

Speaker 2 (08:21):

yeah, yeah, I was just, no, he’s just kind of done it, you know, without understanding like how things are actually happening all in sequence. And, um, another thing that I started out and I found, I think I, one of your videos was uh, talking about the loose hand, you know, just like you were talking about not squeezing the baseball, I was feeling like strong and stiff was power, you know, and I came through to swing, so I would yo kind of flex my hand and kind of open it up and try to get on top. And then I saw that it’s just like, you know, keep it loose, get that whip action in the top. So I’ve been working more on that and getting, you know, kind of more of that snap, uh, without loose loose arm feel.

Speaker 1 (09:05):

[inaudible] beaches are a little bit weird because you want that when you need your power hit, you need to be loose enough to crush it. Mmm. And they even hate saying the word crush because most people they think crush and they like immediately flex when they hear the word. Um, but for power hits you need the looseness and then when you’re going for shots [inaudible] like you have to be loose into CRISPR. Yeah. So you know when you’re hitting a shot, like yes, your hand would approach but then it’ll get, and it would almost stop on the face of the ball because the energy for a shot has to, you still have to move your hand at max velocity up until just the face of the ball so that you don’t send it out of balance.

Speaker 2 (09:52):

Yeah, I like it. Yeah. Because I tell my kids, you know what I see a lot of times when they’re trying to crush that ball, you know, they dropped her elbow and stiffen up and you know, other, you could almost see their shoulder lead into it.

Speaker 1 (10:07):

Yeah. So yeah, you need to be able to keep that shoulder blade down and back while just noodling up here. And once you can feel your arm start noodling, um, then you’re starting to do the right thing. And it’s so weird because when you start doing those hits and you start hitting to a partner, you’re like, I don’t even feel like I’m trying to contact the ball. Like I’m just moving my arm through space. And that’s been the first grade coach is like, yes and the ball just gets in the way.

Speaker 2 (10:43):


Speaker 1 (10:44):

And that’s the, the first time that you feel that is like, it’s like you finally hit the sweet spot of the ball. Like when you played baseball and you got ahold of the whole thing and you’re just like, it felt like the ball was a part of the back for a second and that’s what it feels like when you hit

Speaker 2 (11:04):

well let me ask you, on the jump serve, is that the same, same arm movement? Same kind of loose vibe feel like?

Speaker 1 (11:14):

Yeah, for jumps bikes or if you want to have that loose arm. Cause if your jumps spike serving, it means that you think that you have enough power to overcome somebody. Because remember that like a medium jumps bike serve is like a medium speed fastball. It’s getting knocked down. It’s not the easiest Serbs to, to pass if you’re not accurate or really powerful.

Speaker 2 (11:39):

Cause I, you know, I was, and the reason why I bring up the jump surveys we were doing, um, like you talked about when we were out there last, you know, cert standing at all kind of short on the lines and then when they kind of start cheating over, then you kind of ripped that one up the middle and that was given a ton of good looks, tonally good opportunities. However, my partner, uh, when he was blocking obviously out when I was serving, we were split blocking wasn’t taking advantage of those, was never respecting that second ball. As an attacker, we just kept getting burned and burned and burned and burned. Um, so I,

Speaker 1 (12:12):

you mean the other team kept going on too?

Speaker 2 (12:14):

Well, they would take it on too. Yeah. So, I mean, we had some good players, but even with the abbreviated approach, you just wasn’t getting the touches or walks or we were kind of getting burned a little bit and was short. Uh, he was the guy that you saw. I mean, he’s not very tall, but he can jump onto the roof. I mean, he’s, but it just, it hasn’t got that respect of the S onto yet. Um, he’s just always flat-footed. And, um, so I mean it didn’t take much. It’s a little tiny touch and we were so out of position that, yeah, we weren’t capitalizing a to is, but we were having the opportunity. So that’s why I was like, I was like, this is what Mark said. This is, we’re getting the looks that we want. We just need to capitalize on the damn looks.

Speaker 1 (12:55):

That’s the first start. That’s the first start. You know, like that’s, yeah, that’s a good feeling to know that you’re there and then, um, to be able to like have a game plan once they do want to go onto. Um, and if, if they, if you put them in a shoot position, you should most likely peel.

Speaker 2 (13:13):

Yeah. Yeah. Well unless you’ve been playing a lot longer and everything else, I mean all over it, while he was working really, really well, really capitalize on all of those looks. It was just my younger player that wasn’t kind of respecting that on to where we were getting bird more often than what I felt we should have. Um, so it was almost like a free ball for them at that point. I mean, they would get in trouble either on the past or they get an abbreviated approach or they take it on to kind of in trouble, but you know, that’s the looks that we want. Right. Get them in trouble and

Speaker 1 (13:46):

yeah, if they’re not hitting with full power and full forward speed, you’ve done 50% of your job really.

Speaker 2 (13:53):

So. But so that’s why I started kind of going to these jump serves and try to figure that out in combination. So at least I got kind of two options there.

Speaker 1 (14:07):

I like that. Yeah. It’s nice to have another weapon if one’s not working. Mmm. But yeah, we’re, uh, I’m currently working on that with my partner right now, uh, because he moves, he recognizes that somebody can go onto, but then when he does his, his legs actually straighten a little bit and that’s, it’s happening subconsciously. Like he’s really straight. So even though he moves towards the person, he’s not actually ready to jump. He’s like just going off of his toes. Um, so I said, when you sense what has to happen in your body is your ass needs to squat down and your hands need to stay up.

Speaker 2 (14:47):


Speaker 1 (14:47):

Yeah. So like, it has to be like inverted moves. Cause when you think like, Oh, on two, you gotta be right here so that your hands are up and you’re ready to hop. Yeah. Jeremy [inaudible] is probably like one of the best guys to watch for that, cause he always likes moves and it leaves his hands right in front of the setter. If it’s a possible threat to let the center know, like, I’m here. Oh, try it. And then he’ll, yeah.

Speaker 2 (15:11):

Yeah. Yeah. My, uh, the guy that I’ve been playing with in that last video that you kind of watched? Um, I know great, great. I mean jumps out of the roof and it’s like, man, you should be like salivating for an odd to like as high as you get and everything else. Like you should own those. But yeah, I mean, I don’t see him touch, I mean he’s probably done one out of a hundred in the last, you know, two months. So just something from the work that happens. No, no, he’s flat footed. I just not even, not even recognizing it, like not even recently. I mean, to the point where, and you’ll might even see in some of the videos, I don’t know, I was playing with some of this one, but he just transitions directly to the hitter, doesn’t even shadow the center. So it’s not even kind of that thought process, but something from to work on a, I mean, he’s a younger player like myself. Uh, so it’ll come. Cool.

Speaker 1 (16:03):

All right. Where are you at here?

Speaker 2 (16:04):

So I’m in the black shirt. Just pass the ball. There you go. Okay.

Speaker 1 (16:18):

There you go. Oh Hmm.

Speaker 2 (16:22):

Yeah. Do you guys say, yeah.

Speaker 1 (16:34):

All right. It’s not an approach. Skip that one. Good. Telling him where to go. Are you telling him wine right now? Yes. Yes. Okay. Do you have a sign for when he hits out of the middle for, I’m sorry for like when the other team, when there’s a rally and you uh, and the players getting out of the middle?

Speaker 2 (17:01):

No, honestly right now we just kind of stay on the, that line call, um, with my next partner because he’s, I think he’s watched a bunch of your videos cause we’ve had that conversation about, you know, splitting the, hit her shoulder and kind of the defenders almost playing one-on-one. He’s just trying to block her, trying to take as much space. So I think we’re going to go more with that. But typically in this we just kind of default back to the line block.

Speaker 1 (17:25):

Okay. Um, and, and also what I meant was like when the other team, it’s hitting out of the middle, during a rally, a lot of times hitters get confused about what is now line than what is now cross. Mmm. So you’ll see a lot of the guys in the AVP, they just do a butt tap instead of a sign. Okay. So it shows like, you know, if I tap this, but it means I am

Speaker 2 (17:49):

blocking this side of the court. So you, your defense should be on the other side. I think what we always default to, and maybe that’s a better way to do it is uh, just whatever side he came in from. Uh, so like in the rally, you know, if the defender’s still in the left hand side, uh, typically we kind of default to that.

Speaker 1 (18:08):

Okay. All right. There are some situations where that gets really tough where they’ll like dig a ball directly in the middle of the court and then the blocker gets kind of muffed and I like, they crisscross. I think it’s tough. That’s why I like the thing. But if you guys never experienced confusion with that and your partner never ever says, I didn’t know which line you meant, then you never have to have the conversation. But if at any time one of your partners goes, I didn’t know if you wanted like which line or which cross, if at any point you know, then, then you switched to the Battat.

Speaker 2 (18:39):

Okay. Right on. Okay.

Speaker 1 (18:42):

Um, so from, yeah, that’s the same that we did statewide

Speaker 1 (18:54):

and that’s a big jab step sideways. Nice. Okay. We’re giving up cross for sure. Right? Yeah. So yeah. So in this moment, I don’t think there’s any way you could get to the cross ball, right? Just because of how your hips are oriented, um, that you’re still moving this way. So I like to be able to dig two types of shots, you know, or at least have a chance to go back. So I’d say just make sure that your hips get on the player. Cause right now your hips are on the pole or they’re like right where my cursor is. Um, and if your hips are on the player, then at least you can be like balanced and you can move

Speaker 2 (19:51):

one way or the other. That makes sense. I think. I think on that one I actually went way too early. They get called a, I think he was a four, but he never actually got all the way on to the, the hitters line and then transitioned into it. So he likes to call for, but he more or less just stays in a deep angle. Okay. So those angle and then dives into the angle.

Speaker 1 (20:16):


Speaker 2 (20:18):

You know what I mean? So he’s like blocking that because he blocked very, very narrow. Uh, we, we, we’ve had discussions about that. I mean, as high as he Johnson, when he can reach, it’s, he should be on monster, but he does very, very narrow. So he doesn’t take up that a lot of that space. So he stays on the angle and is very committed to whatever he calls versus like audible, you know, if it’s a ball, a tight ball, a lot of times he won’t go up and catch it. You just kind of stay in his lane. So it’s something we’re working on. And you know, again, this is the guy who was talking about that with the onto stuffs as well.

Speaker 1 (20:53):

Um, you know, I gotta say like Logan right now, he’s, he’s, he’s an AVP player. He’s my partner and we’ve spent I think 10 hours in the last three weeks. Me, him and another player. And that’s it. Like just working on those lineups for him. So it’s, it’s, it’s a tough concept to get and it’s you kind of hope or you expect that you just tell somebody wants and I go, okay, then I’ll do it. Um, but we’ve had to watch film and film and film and practice and practice alone with no other reps, no other side out stuff. And then like record in slow motion on the side and say like, Oh, look, see what you did here. That was it, you know? Um, and it’s nice because we have an open flow of communication where it’s like, see where you are. Like, I don’t think your left hand is blocking across here. No, I think you’re doing. Mmm.

Speaker 2 (21:52):

Yeah. And I think part is a, uh, we’re not long term partners. Like this is just something like, Hey, let’s do it. So there’s kind of always that, yup. Can I, who the hell are you that to say that there’s that, you know, but it’s just like, you know, kind of don’t tell me how to do my thing, but I actually, for my height, I actually get a lot of touches just be from watching your videos and talking about splitting in shoulder and hand placements and things like that. I’m not because I’m a big jump or anything else like that. If I try to, you know, have those discussions, but I do it delicately. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (22:26):

Yeah. Um, one thing that you can tell like big blockers if, if you want them to be a little bit more effective or if you want them to have more of a ball lineup, one way to hide it is just say, don’t worry about it man. Don’t even give me a sign. You just go get the ball wherever it is. I’ll play behind you. And I know several players that play like that and do it really successfully. Where it’s like you try to read, I’ll try to read and we’ll both be in similar spots. And if we both like give up the same thing, it means that we were both wrong in what we saw, which means that we both suck so

Speaker 2 (23:08):

well. And I actually played with the guy across and the taller guy, I played with him in a masters tournament, the mother load and uh, and we did really well, but we had to almost have that conversation just like, just block what you see, you know, you do that and then I’m going to defend what I see and we’ll see how it shakes out. Uh, and we actually had a lot of success with that

Speaker 1 (23:31):

on so many balls. Like anytime the ball is inside of three feet, like that’s exactly what you should be doing at the sense three feet or tighter, you should be just completely ball like man to man. That’s it. Take everything, um, and make them hit like the last two feet of each sideline to get a kill. And that’s, that’s totally fine. It’s when the sense it like four or five, six feet, that’s when those lineups become really different and complicated. Mmm, no. Now that being said, um, if they’re not, if they’re not bangers and they’re not that much of a threat at, you know, kind of that six feet Mark, are you, would you more often than not pull on that? Yeah. You know that answer. If they, if you’re playing somebody who can’t overpower you from five feet behind their side of the net, you touch more on the ground than you do in the air.

Speaker 1 (24:37):

That’s why I, that’s why AVP players, if you, you, you get six, five or six digs a game and you can win an AVP. If you get like 1.5 to two blocks per game, then you can win an AVP. Like you can dig way more than you can block. Yeah. So it’s crazy how much people get obsessed with how much they think that they should block at certain levels just because their examples are AVP players and AVP players are the ones who can detonate from eight and nine feet. Yeah. All right. This was sick by him by the way.

Speaker 1 (25:20):

That’s amazing. Yeah. Like I said, I mean he’s got ridiculous hops. Um, it’s so good. But even the timing of this, like the timing to jump almost after he contacts it to take away that cross and feel him and not block and penetrate by block and know that he has to swap. Yeah. This is a SWAT block all the way. That’s big time. Yeah. You thought he was going line there or are you at it might’ve been a four, but he loves, he loves that line. Okay. Oh, you get the rotation here. Look [inaudible] so see, yeah, your right hip is pushing forward. [inaudible] and your right shoulder reaches back. This is what you’re after. Yeah. And that was, that was a good hard hit. Right? So your right hips rocking forward and your right shoulders reaching back. So this is the torque that we’re talking about and this is like one of the few times that we’ve like seen it. So on my, on my step into that, um, was I too, too square? Like, should I be more with my hips? Kind of offset to get more of an

Speaker 2 (26:44):

exaggerated? What do you mean or is that you want them to more right or left my right hip. Well, I’m more towards the back line, so should I have that? So then I pushed forward. This is perfect

Speaker 1 (26:58):

because it does push forward right there. You see that

Speaker 2 (27:01):


Speaker 1 (27:02):

take off is even so you’re square to the back line. That’s good. And your right hip presses forward to the net. So now you can have hard line sort of risked away. Like it’s not even wrist away. It’s almost straight on. And you can bring this across your body hard if you want it to was like from right now from this point you couldn’t really tell if you were going to go line across.

Speaker 2 (27:25):


Speaker 1 (27:26):

And that’s good. That’s what you want to look like. That right hip for the right shoulder reaching back.

Speaker 2 (27:35):

Right on [inaudible]. Well if I can just duplicate it. Huh? Early.

Speaker 1 (27:49):

Yeah, it’s just that that left step, the right and the left. They just happened a little bit too fast and too big.

Speaker 2 (27:56):

What happened? Why didn’t you go?

Speaker 1 (28:01):

Is there a double?

Speaker 2 (28:03):

No. Go to sleep. And you had this? Hmm. Yeah. I don’t remember.

Speaker 1 (28:17):

Okay. Stay in white again. Okay. So your left foot here is committed,

Speaker 2 (28:28):

right? Right,

Speaker 1 (28:30):

right. Puts a little bit early. Yeah, it’s really early and your left foot is committed to a spot before you really, before your body can really understand where the ball is going to end up.

Speaker 2 (28:43):

Does that make sense? Yeah. So really need to be right foot at the hands and then left foot upon release. So I have an idea of where I was going

Speaker 1 (28:52):

with your athleticism. I would, I would encourage you to actually take the right steps slightly after the set.

Speaker 2 (29:00):

It’s a business so you can take your steps faster. [inaudible] Can you hear me do there? Yeah. Thank you. Oh, breaking up there. Okay. Now can you hear me now? Can you hear me? No, come on. I can’t hear ya. It was like you’re, you’re free. Okay. Okay. How about now? No, I’m still

Speaker 1 (29:42):

breaking up. Okay. Let me just try to, uh, maybe I’ll just try to like, you’re good. No. Yeah, I lost it again. Okay. Hang on a sec. Hi. Can you hear me? Yeah, I can only, no, let’s go. Good. Still recording. Okay. [inaudible] all right. So what I was saying is that um, right back here that the last step was coming down too early and with your assets, whatever that does start breaking up like crazy. Yeah. Mmm. Aye. Aye. I’m in Dallas and there’s a cheerleader convention happening this week, nine 30 and I can guarantee that all these teenage girls are on Instagram right now on all the blown it up, but it’s catching up a little bit right now. So yeah, I can hear you fine right now. Okay. So w with how quick you are and your athleticism, I would encourage you to try to take your right step slightly after the set contact.

Speaker 1 (31:14):

Okay. That way your left foot is still free and there’s still more time so that you can actually aim your left foot when you see where the ball is. Okay. All right. But often if we step on the set, sometimes people really just continue that momentum and they plant their left foot before they know where the set is. And that’s when you end up doing it a lot. Like you take those giant last two steps because you’re left with, didn’t adjust to this app. Okay. Yeah, I noticed watching the videos. Uh, I do that a lot. Yeah. So that right. But it’s down a little bit early. Um, so we’ll, we’ll just switch you over to make sure that you’re taking the right step just after the set. Okay. And that’s, it’s so hard to do. [inaudible] I’m yelling at myself every day to do it the right way. [inaudible]

Speaker 1 (32:13):

nice. Oh good. I like that. So you look really the same here and the other one you hit line, right? And this one you hit cross. So body visits and this is deceptiveness. It means that you can from the same position hit all of your shots. It doesn’t deceptiveness doesn’t mean you have to face away from where you’re hitting. It means that from the same position, you’re able to hit all of your shots. And all of your locations. And you just did that right there. Just missed a little bit I guess. Oh yeah. Love it. So this is what Logan is doing, right? He knows that there is a threat coming and he drops his hands. And when there’s a threat potential, the hands should, should stay up real high so that they can like be at least six inches over the net just by getting to your toes. [inaudible] Mmm. So we can coach this guy too. Yeah. Cause his hands should already be over the net. Like he’s almost off the ground, but his hands aren’t up there yet. I’m not saying you would have gotten that, but we can take up that space over there. Yeah, that’s a good idea. [inaudible] [inaudible]

Speaker 1 (33:42):

okay. Yeah, that, that hip and your foot positioning. I noticed that when you were over here, um, in that cross [inaudible] your crotch isn’t like facing the defender or the attackers and it, and it needs to be, so like if I’m, if you’re the camera in here, I need to constantly be like having the middle of my chest and my hips so you to, to play defense. But right now you’re doing like this, you’re moving to the side and you’re kinda like here. So where that is outside of your hips you can see that your, your right foot, even when it stops, it wouldn’t like huggable you couldn’t defend a hardball over here. Yeah. So you want to see if you can get your, your toes or the front of your body or your hips, especially that, that’s really the point. So space, some square on thing.

Speaker 1 (34:37):

The attacker, yeah, square on the attacker and like for entire points, see if you can lock that in. Now how far if, you know, so he’s blocking, sees the blocking line and I’m at an angle. How far off his shoulder am I shadowing and that defensive position, ideally, am I a full staff kind of shadowed off of, yeah. For now, let’s continue reading the hitter. Okay. So because if your blocker doesn’t do his job perfectly and you’re relying on him, then you’re like, you’re building a house on a crappy foundation anyway and it’s gonna fall. So stop building your house. Um, instead of just like, if he does his job right, he’ll take up enough space. But you need to be where you need to be for the hitter, not for your mom. Okay. Okay. Um, and then once you play with somebody long enough and you know exactly what they take up, then you can start to expect that. But it’s really, it’s, I don’t think it’s really a good idea to play off of your blocker when you don’t play with them consistently because you have no idea what space they’re going to take up or if there be, be a little more selfish and just trust your eyes and see what the hitter’s doing. So this is me and uh huh.

Speaker 1 (36:03):

Yeah. So this is me and Logan Weber, what is going on with my screen versus Dunkin, but injured.

Speaker 2 (36:11):

Hey, yeah, I usually use say JC, where wrong here.

Speaker 1 (36:19):

Right. Rock dug us all day here. Mmm. And you can see that a lot of his body is actually covered by Dunkin’s hands. And that’s important in beach because you still have to run down shots. Okay. So the reason why you don’t want to just play, continue to play outside Dunkin’s block, continue to play outside or Dungeons blocker, whoever’s walking for you [inaudible] because the further you go, if Duncan decides to take everything up and then you think I gotta be outside his shoulder, you’re going to be a mile away from a high line shot or a cut shot very quickly. Okay. So you need to kind of hold your ground centered cross. Um,

Speaker 2 (37:07):

so I mean in that last picture, I mean his left foot was just a foot off center line if, I mean trying to gauge.

Speaker 1 (37:16):


Speaker 2 (37:18):

So that way it’s kind of equal distance to the Cuddy and Highline.

Speaker 1 (37:21):

Yup. Okay. So what ended up as well, right? I mean, I’m dead middle on the court right now. Okay. And this, this was a three block but doesn’t really matter, man. This is so broken. What the hell is going on with it? Oh, that’s why. Oh, great. Okay. So let’s just, instead of watching me, let’s just watch the best team in the world. [inaudible]

Speaker 2 (37:51):

that is in Norway.

Speaker 1 (37:54):

Okay. Okay. This one read pretty shifts a little bit outside, but look where he’s starting. So this might be a good idea because he’s not trying to defend the line. Like if it read, makes this move back here, he knows that, uh, is that Andrew’s mole is not going to shoot and he knows that he’s not going to get a high line. So he shifts outside there and there’s just six weeks. Okay. Zero. Rita is like, he can touch the middle line with his finger

Speaker 2 (38:24):


Speaker 1 (38:26):

right. And then he makes this wide shift because he’s Norwegians can hit ridiculous angles again, starting pretty much where egos, right. Hmm. Lining up pretty centered. Oh, that’s why this is, this is a move that you don’t need yet. But if you’re interested, I’ll show you a really advanced move. And this is what makes the Norwegians really good. Take care. It’s not even a show and take, honestly, it’s a show show and take. So [inaudible] the timing of this is so important and so difficult, but Theo is coming in and usually on your step close like the last two steps, that’s when you’re taking a look at the defense and that’s your, almost your last opportunity to look at them. So Sorum has to time it so that it looks like he’s going that way as the O’s taking off. He’s actually a little bit early there, right?

Speaker 1 (39:35):

Cause he stops, but he makes it giant jab step. Like he ran to the line and then he just comes on creeping back right here. Maybe you left it open. He knows he’s not going to dig a hard driven ball. But he’s given that up cause it’s strategy. So he’s looking for a cat shop. Right. So you were again, see where a Rita’s at all [inaudible] they just stayed middle. Right? There’s no way that, no way that he can, he can dig a hard driven ball but long term strategy, he’s like, you know what like at some point I, he’s not going to play outside the shoulder on every play because there are shots and you have to think is this person a shooter or are they a hitter? And if they are more of a shooter, you should not do anything that has to do with your blockers block. [inaudible] right. You just like split the numbers. Yeah. Stay almost like completely in the middle of the court. Fairly shallow. Like just behind center court. And then you’re, you’re a step and a reach away from everything that you need to get to.

Speaker 1 (40:48):

Yeah. So if you keep, if you keep thinking about getting outside of your shoulders, of your blocker’s shoulder, that would be great for indoor, but it will not serve you on the beach or it’ll serve you for like three or four points during that set. And then you got to try a different strategy cause you’re going to leave the shops wide open. Okay. Ooh, I like the spread from into out. Very nice. Yeah. Yeah. So your partner did it. Okay. Right. He kind of stepped up, centralized himself, was taken a lot. He just got settled too late cause look, now he’s ready to run. Yeah. And the balls four feet off the hands. So just slightly late. Okay. Alright. So this is you setting? Yeah, we had a rough start on this one. Oh. Almost had them. Ah, Mike should be grabbing this.

Speaker 1 (42:12):

Hmm. Again, this big, this big hop, like he’s only your partner’s only ready to move like now, you know, and the ball’s already halfway between him and him and the hitter. So if he’s, if he’s going to train to be a defender, he should settle his feet a little bit earlier. More frequently. I’m not saying to do it every time, but Oh this is good. Right. Like [inaudible] on contact now it’s, now he’s down there like this is a little bit of an earlier preparation, right? Yeah. If he could prepare like that a little more often. That’d be nice.

Speaker 3 (42:54):

Dang it. Giant step out.

Speaker 1 (43:04):

I talked to him, I’m like, Hey, I want to try to come right to you. I kind of went back to the ways of the old, well so you asked her this inside. He’s caught on the diagonal. That’s cool. That’s it from here. This will be a better view. Yes, yes. Yeah. The celebration. Ooh well look at this again. [inaudible] have we done that? Yeah. Yeah. Same thing. I’m still moving. Yeah. And you let your, your feet split. I just had a video analysis when I got a 13 year old girl yesterday and I said that her feet have to move like that. Like so that they almost like never it and they definitely don’t get wider. Yeah. So you want to just keep however you move, just tap, tap, tap, chat, chat, chat, chat. But not like wide and getting spread like that. Cause once you spread like this foot ends up super wide. Like imagine trying to run from that position now. Yeah. Yeah. And I think, I think that’s something that like Taylor does well, that nobody really talks about Teva crab, um, is that his feet are always under him.

Speaker 2 (44:48):

Let me ask you something about that. And maybe that’s the reason why, but um, so this Santa, they put a lot of water on it, so it is pretty shallow, but I O have troubles with my feet just blown out. So like I hit the hard pack underneath and the sand blows out. Is that from that elongated stride and try it out power off too much instead of like a low

Speaker 1 (45:09):

choppy, uh, well when you power off you shouldn’t be in a split position,

Speaker 2 (45:16):

you know? And that even like in a split, so say if I

Speaker 1 (45:20):


Speaker 2 (45:20):

and then they do an assurety and then I make that transition going back forward. 99% of times my foot, we’ll just blow out. And like, I don’t seem to have the problem so much here, my court where we have the deeper sand, but it seems like I hit that hard pack, but I don’t know if those maybe short choppy would be better with that kind of,

Speaker 1 (45:42):

that is what would work in that sand. I don’t know if you’ve ever played grass, but like when you’re playing RAs, like you can’t make those giant hard presses if you’re wearing sneakers, you always have to like [inaudible] and it’s like the same thing if you watch snow volleyball, which is utterly ridiculous. Like they have to take these tiny little steps so that they don’t slip because if they like power or their feet slide out or tennis on hard Trumer clay surface, like same thing, you need smaller, lighter, quicker steps. Okay. But more so don’t, don’t worry about surfaces as much. Just more so make sure that you don’t get to split positions. Like your feet just never get wider and barely outside your shoulders. Okay. And that’ll be, that’ll be enough of a focus.

Speaker 1 (46:32):

Yeah. Yeah. So Mike does a good job here, right? His shoulders way back. We can’t even see it, but his right hip is coming forward and that’s what creates that torque. You can see the whole rotation of his chest here left though bleak is stretched right now, right shoulder is way back and this right hip is starting to kick forward. Then it all comes through. I think that’s a really pretty excellent, yeah, that’s a pretty excellent swing and that’s that, that stretch sequel. No real good. Stop sitting still. Dude. I took a three step approach. What is this [inaudible] what have you weighed on there? Well, here’s the interesting

Speaker 2 (47:30):

part. You were so patient here that it looked to me like your left step. Like only when at the ball when you knew where the ball was like looking at a sequence. Oh there it is. I haven’t really directed you to the ball using that approach. Well and I tried, so I’ve been trying to be more patient on that approach and sometimes it feels like I kind of just way late. You know? It’s just like, Holy crap, all I have to really hurry to get there. It’s like, I mean, but at point of contact it hasn’t been like I haven’t had two batteries results from that and maybe it’s just something that I need to like psychologically get over, um, pass and it’s just like, um, waiting, waiting, waiting. They sat and I’m starting to kind of take that first almost walking step. Yeah. But it’s like, Holy crap. Like I way back here, the ball set, like hitting the bags. I guess it’s just something I just need to like, yeah, this is normal.

Speaker 2 (48:38):

I just feel like so anxious when I see that. It’s like, Holy crap, I’m late. Yeah. Light and quick rather than like super powerful. What you can get adventure to me. Uh, yeah. I had one coach tell me like, [inaudible] your best hit of your life will be one that you felt laid on. Okay. I was a 20 year old kid and I was like, whatever that means. [inaudible] well that’s the right swing. Okay. [inaudible] you don’t, you guys don’t sit still a lot on defense, huh? Yeah, I think it’s good. Like too antsy. Like, I just haven’t found my Zen as a defender. Like just sit back and chill out and be patient. Yeah.

Speaker 2 (49:36):

Yeah. I would love to see you just sit in the middle two quarters of the court and just hold forever. [inaudible] well, like one of the, one of the things I need to work on is, uh, my overhand digging. Hmm. Just cause I was a basketball player. I won, I started my wife sunshine. It was like I was taking everything over hand and she’s like, can’t do that. Can’t do that. So it’s like this dirty word of this dirty movement that I’m not allowed to do. So like now I try, when I, when I dig in, I try to get back far enough and I can dig it with an underhand kind of platform instead of an overhand trying to get back super, super far and then it leaves a Cuddy open and then getting burned on that. So yeah, I think if I had that, I’d be comfortable being a lot closer to the net and kind of that two-third. Right now I’m trying to even get behind that. Mmm.

Speaker 1 (50:35):

Yeah, it would be interesting too, like if you drew the court in eighths

Speaker 2 (50:40):

where it’d be like

Speaker 1 (50:41):

one, two, three, four on this side and then one, two, three, four. Like if you never left

Speaker 2 (50:49):

these two. Does that make sense? Yeah. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (50:54):

Like the two in the middle right here. Like defensively, if you could just stay in those two boxes the whole time, how much more you might touch?

Speaker 2 (51:04):

Well, I know he just, even because before I was trying to get way out in like if they blocked line, I was way inside. So I was way to the right, like on the angle sitting there for the hard driven and just getting smoked on that, you know, Highline all the time. So watching some of your tutorials, uh, I’ve actually shifted more towards the middle and I’m getting a ton of touches. However, unfortunately right now they’re not effective touches on not getting them high enough. Yeah. So it’s something to work on and I think, like you said, a stain in those eights, being able to convert those, that’s the goal. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (51:44):

Yeah. It starts with a touch.

Speaker 2 (51:52):

Ooh, good. Rod.

Speaker 1 (51:54):

Did he see that or was that a four owner?

Speaker 2 (51:58):

No, that was he, he saw that. Bobby loves that line. That Highline. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (52:11):

There’s a little more patients in that left foot than we saw before in this video. Then the video before it. Mmm. Yeah. You’re holding onto that left foot longer and you’re like seeing it and you can see that you’re actively trying to go to the ball with your left foot instead of just

Speaker 2 (52:26):


Speaker 1 (52:27):

Putting it down in space.

Speaker 2 (52:30):

Is this, is this video later than the one we just saw? This was, uh, the game after that one, I think, or the math? No, this was the following week. Yeah. Oh, is so,

Speaker 1 (52:46):

so there you’re saying that there was an improvement a week later.

Speaker 2 (52:51):

Okay. Try to implement it. Yes.

Speaker 1 (52:55):

Here’s this hip thing again. Your hips are here

Speaker 2 (53:00):

and your attacker is there.

Speaker 1 (53:04):

Now your hips are square to the attacker. Yeah. Lock them up. It should feel like setting, like where you have to lock your belly button on the target the entire time. Okay. Lock your hips on the defendant.

Speaker 2 (53:17):

It makes sense. Oh, here’s a good view of it too.

Speaker 2 (53:27):

See this [inaudible] right hip, right. Shoulders back. Yeah. And that was his best hit. Yeah. He’s a good player too. He played a, I think he made it main draw when you guys came to town. Well, Mike. Oh, Bobby, probably mostly web. Probably web. I’ve heard that name. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. There’s from qualifiers back in the day. I guess that’s a nice swing. This is a better hip position, I think. Okay. Almost. Yeah, it’s still leaving that right. Hit open the right hip open. Right. Do you want, you want those hips to block back into the middle of the court? Slightly. Not, not like entirely, but just slowed a little bit. So if you’re bounced off your chest, can we go back towards the middle of the court? Yeah, I have that. I saw that just watching my own videos as far as my passing. Same thing. I would leave my hips outside of the core almost religiously. You know, I’d be fighting to bring it back in with my arms. Yeah.

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