When you’re an active person who likes to be on-the-go, the novelty of lying on a beach reading or people-watching gets boring – fast! This summer, turn your beach outing into a workout with a game of beach volleyball.
Burn calories, pitch your skills against your friends and maybe even meet some new people. Before you gather the troops and set up a net, here are a few basics to make your volleyball game more enjoyable.
Beach volleyball can be played with two people a team with no designated positions like indoor netball, so it’s okay if you don’t have heaps of friends. Grab a few ring-ins or even drag your best mate down to the beach for a singles game. Like with badminton, if you are playing doubles you can either play front and backs or defend your own side and call for shots you have the potential to reach.
Each game has three sets and it’s the first team to 21 points. Developing a game strategy will help you win. Target the weakest player while serving and with good communication with your team mate can walk away victorious.
If you plan to map out your own court area, it needs to be about 60 feet long by 30 feet wide with the net erected half way. Alternatively, look for a beach with permanent courts.
Beach volleyballs are lighter, softer and larger than indoor volleyballs.
It will take time to develop what the professionals call ‘sand legs’. Anyone who’s been beach running will know how much soft sand can slow you down. It can also scald the bottom of your feet on a hot summer’s day, as beach volleyball is generally played barefoot. The trick to avoiding heat blisters is use your toes to dig holes down into cooler layers of the sand.
Working out in hot weather puts you at risk for dehydration. By the time, you start to feel thirsty you may already be dehydrated, so keep your fluids up.
Be sure to dress so you don’t overheat. Look for athletic clothing with wicking technology which draws sweat and moisture away from the skin and UV protection. A good sunblock is also essential.
Now you know the basics, get out there and have fun.