We get a lot of questions and concerns from indoor coaches. Here are the answers to the most common questions we get.
Will sand volleyball create bad habits for my players?
Sand volleyball does create some outdoor tendencies. Like a tip to an open spot or roll shot. It will even affect the timing on an approach and block. While these really aren't bad habits, they are quickly overcome after a week or less of indoor practice. Your players will see a ton of skill improvement from outdoor which far outweighs the time it takes to transition back to indoor.
We do not recommend playing sand volleyball while active in competitive indoor competition as it is very hard to adjust timing from one to the other in one day.
I don't see any advantages to my players playing sand volleyball. Are there an advantage?
The biggest advantage is that your players will become more rounded volleyball players. Our outdoor programs are 4v4 and 2v2 which means there are a lot of touches. Passing, Setting, Serving, Attacking, Blocking... Every players plays every position and uses every skill to earn a point. You will find your middle will come back to practice in August and they can pass and serve. Now they have potential to be a killer all around outside player.
Another huge advantage to outdoor is players gain experience in reading the game. They become smarter when taking the ball over the net as well as responding to a ball coming over the net. They see the big picture and make smarter choices naturally.