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Volleyball Tips
How to Read Hand Signals
Beach volleyball players use hand signals to indicate to their partners what sort of play they intend to make. These signals are made behind the back, to avoid the opposition seeing the signals. Most commonly, the signals are given with both hands by the serving player's partner before the serve, with each hand referring to the type of block that should be put up against an attack.
Hand Signals:
-Closed fist - No block should be attempted for the opponent on that side of the court.
-One finger - The blocker should attempt to block an opponent's spike down the line.
-Two fingers - The blocker should attempt to block the cross shot.
-Open hand - The blocker should block based upon reading the offense.

Float Serve
The floater serve is a basic overhand serve that is easy to execute but somewhat difficult to master.
Stand facing the net with your feet staggered. Your foot opposite of your hitting arm should be forward and pointed towards the opposite court. Keeping your weight on your back foot, hold the ball with your non-hitting hand underneath and hitting hand on the top. Extend your arms in front of you, parallel to the ground, move your hitting hand to your ear with your elbow high and toss the ball about two feet above your head and in front of your shoulder. While transferring your weight to your forward foot, contact the ball with an extended arm and in front of you Hit the ball with a slap on the backside of the ball, do not snap your wrist and do not follow through.
Tip:
-Hit the ball as if you were going to hit something very hot
-Try to make the ball fly straight with very little trajectory
-To get more power, use your abdominal numbers

How to Set
The most important position on any volleyball team is the setter. Learn to master this skill and you will always be wanted. Set up with your feet staggered and dominate foot forward. Move to the ball. Your shoulders should be square to your target, arms and legs bent with your weight on your toes. Hands are placed above your forehead with the palms up. Your hand should form a window with the thumbs forward and index fingers close to each other. Contact the ball on the lower back side with fingers and thumbs and push up with your arms and legs. Fully extend your arms and point your hands toward the target. Transfer your weight towards the target and move in the direction of the set.
Tip:
-Keep the ball in front of you
-Step forward and contact the ball slightly behind your head for a back set
-Relaxed hands make for smoother sets

How to Jump Serve
These are step by step instructions for a right handed player to perform a jump serve. Left handed players need only to reverse their footsteps in these instructions. Take one long step forward with your left leg. Position yourself 3 long strides from the end line. Move to the ball. During your second step toss the ball high and in front of you. You should toss the ball high enough so that you can hit the ball after your third step. Take your third step and then plant your right foot behind your left and jump. Make contact with the ball on its decent and hit the top-center of the ball. Allow yourself to land on or over the end line with your momentum moving you straight towards the net.
Tip:
-Focus on balance. If you find yourself falling on your landing or landing off the right then you are overthrowing the ball.
-If you are landing short of the line you are under tossing the ball. The most important thing in this serve is timing.
-Try tossing the ball with backspin to get the desired top spin at contact
-The best way to learn is try a one step approach, then two and finally three steps. This will help you focus on your toss.

How to Block a Hitter
-Keep your eyes open at all times. See the ball.
-Move fast and shuffle your feet and follow the flight of the ball. Hitter will dictate where they'll hit the ball.
-Jump, pike and penetrate your hands forward and down.
-Keep your hands a hand apart to avoid ball going through your block
-Study your hitters and help your teammates to cover tendency areas
Note: Use the antenna as your sideline and block your opponent angle.

How to Pass
-Keep your eyes focused on the ball. Call the ball.
-Move fast and shuffle your feet and follow the flight of the ball.
-Bend your knees and keep your arms extended in front of you.
-Ball should hit the center of your forearms.
-Don't bend your waist.
-Pass the ball in the direction of your setter.

How to Treat an Ankle Injury
Orthopedic doctors and sports medicine trainers strongly suggest treating most kinds of ankle sprains using the R.I.C.E. formula. Simply put do the following: See a doctor, only a doc and some x-rays can truly evaluate an ankle injury.
-Rest for 24-48 hours while slowly attempting to put weight on the ankle.
-Use Ice during the first 48 hours after the injury.
-Compression is good. Get a wrap and wrap your ankle.
-Elevate your foot higher than your heart.
Tip:
-Never ice your injury for more than 20 minutes or place ice directly on the skin
-Compression and elevation reduces swelling which will reduce the pain
-Take a blood thinning pain killer like aspirin to help reduce the pain and speed healing