"hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard"
1990 Bud Light Open Champion, Coco Beach Fl.
Jeffrey Saxton and Dennis Tebon
The fastest and easiest way to improve your indoor game is to go play in the SAND." - Jeffrey Saxton
Titan Beach Volleyball Training!!
The best Indoor players train in the sand!
2018 will be our 5th spring/summer of beach volleyball training! Almost every junior athlete that has participated in our sand/beach volleyball program has gone on to make their High School indoor team!
-Start date: April 16th, 2018
-End Date May 30th, 2018
- Monday and Wednesday
4-6 PM or 6-8 PM
-Location: Tampa Bay Baptist Conference Center
-All participants receive free entry to May 5th Cinco de Mayo Beach Blast on Gulfport Beach (8:00 AM start time)
-Limited amount of players accepted
-$400.00 per player**
($400 paid by check, $425 paid by credit card)
-we utilize 3-5 sand courts based on number of players
-players will be divided based on skill level
-Learn the strategies and skills needed to compete in the sand
-play with and against our coaches
-Our coaches have on average.. 15 years of beach experience
-register with a partner or without
-2 days of instruction per week
- 4 PM and 6 PM start times
-tournaments are optional
-Experienced players only (sand volleyball is a difficult game to learn)
-Location: Tampa Bay Baptist and Conference Center
Jaden Ravnsborg and Kamryn Farris, two preteen beach volleyball stars, say they'd like to play both indoor and beach volleyball in college.
When Jaden Ravnsborg and Kamryn Farris started to play beach volleyball two years ago, they never imagined the leap their games would take by competing on sand.
But this dynamic duo from Kansas—preteens who’ve already left huge footprints in the beach volleyball community—say digging in the sand has made them better athletes and catapulted their indoor play to new heights.
Just how high?
Why Should you Play Beach Volleyball? The beach game is GREAT for improving your indoor skills/game. Whatever your weaknesses are, you get to work on them a ton. Unlike the 6 person game, you touch the ball in every rally, and with just two of you covering the court, you learn to read and anticipate much better. Dealing with the sun and wind helps you be more adaptable. Player height is less important outdoors -- ball control and skill is most important. You get to be outside in the sun, often in beautiful settings. It is a great way to improve your jump, as there are just two of you to block and hit every rally. Communicating effectively is essential in the sport, and the game helps you and your teammate to grow stronger together. Most top level coaches encourage their players to play as much as they can on the beach. Just refrain on the day of the match.
"A lot of indoor players are specialists, but on the beach you need to play all phases well, and you need a lot of ball control." - Karch Kiraly
Rich McLaughlin, Loyola Marymount University men’s volleyball coach explains how the sand game benefits his players: “I’ve always told my players to play in games at the beach during the off season. It helps in so many ways.
-First, there are fewer guys around that can bail out your mistakes.
-Playing at the beach works your ball control skills. It seems it’s always the beach player who steps in from the back row to set the ball after one of those inspirational digs by the setter. Those transition plays win matches.
-The sand also helps you work on your speed and agility. Indoors you’ll expand your digging range and be quicker in pursuit after balls. A player like Corin Bemus (AAA) really shows that he played a lot of beach ball. He can do it all out there – hit, set, block and coaches love to have those types of athletes.
-Staying focused during a beach game requires a big level of concentration. Deal with any distraction after the game. During the game, focus on jump serving and passing.
-Set personal goals. And, of course, I remind them of the LMU way – compete, don’t just play.”