Beach vs. Indoors
Some things players need to know when moving to the beach:
1. Number of Players
The primary difference between indoor and beach is that there are only two players on the court for beach. That means a lot more court to cover!
2. Size of the Court
The beach court is 8m x 8m per side, the indoor court is 9m x 9m. This change was made to allow for longer rallies and better defensive coverage.
Indoor volleyballs are made of leather and are heavier than outdoor balls. Indoor volleyball is a game of power and the heavier balls move quicker and can be hit harder. Beach volleyballs are softer, lighter and a bit bigger than indoor balls. The lighter weight allows them to float more in the air, allowing good players to use the weather to their advantage.
We recommend getting an outdoor ball for any of the players who are interested in getting more involved in the outdoor game.
Hand setting is called much more "tightly" than in the indoor game. Essentially any ball set with the hands that has spin on it will be called a "double". As a result, most of our training and competition will focus on platform or "bump" setting.
In beach, unlike indoor, the block contact counts as the first contact.
6. The Elements
Learning to play with the sun and wind is a big part of the beach game. Learning how to adjust to the playing conditions is a big part of the problem solving and adaptability skills that the beach game helps teach.
7. Culture, Sportsmanship and Coaching
In the beach game, there is an honor code that requires players to call their own net violations, call opponents' shots in or out, and to serve only when the other side is ready. In addition, during competition, coaches are not allowed to coach the players and the players must be the ones to call timeouts, make adjustments and support each other.