Life’s a Beach

Tossing and Tanning. The beach volleyball team spends their time practicing in sun and sand. This was the first year as a sanctioned sport. “I enjoy being outside I really like getting sun,” said Rachel McGrath (9)

Tossing and Tanning. The beach volleyball team spends their time practicing in sun and sand. This was the first year as a sanctioned sport. “I enjoy being outside I really like getting sun,” said Rachel McGrath (9)

Jamie Donaldson, Staff Reporter

Beach volleyball is a relatively new sport at our school, with this being the first year. Our team started playing in February and will finish their season around the middle of April. New people are still allowed to join if they reach out to Coach Nancy Cothron and get her approval. Practices are currently at Riverwalk on Mondays and the SCF sand courts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They have had several matches so far, including one against Lakewood Ranch High. The team has not won any games yet but we can expect victory soon.

While indoor volleyball has the same basis as beach volleyball, it has some differences. For example, the players do not need to wear knee pads because landing on sand is typically softer than falling on a gym floor. Players also wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the bright, hot Florida weather. Not only does the outdoor setting affect the equipment needed, but it also affects the performance of the athletes. 

“Running in sand is a lot more difficult to run on than flat, solid ground. Also, when there is wind and the sun you have to adjust to it as you’re playing,” said Olivia Isaac (10) 

Players also do several drills, practices that are meant to improve specific skills. Beach volleyball players practice their abilities like diving, blocking, and going really deep on the court for the ball. These exercises help improve their agility and get more coordinated on the sand.

Beach volleyball also has some technical differences compared to indoor volleyball. There are only two players on the court in beach volleyball compared to the six in the indoor version of the sport. Due to the difference in the amount of players, substitutions also differ from the indoor game. Since there are only two people on the court, they play two rounds to 21, and no one is substituted.

If you are interested in watching our players compete, home games take place on the public beach volleyball courts.  

If you want to join the team yourself, you have to meet the prerequisites. “The requirements are just like any normal athletic program; they are required you have a 2.0 GPA and still have to have a physical and all that stuff done,” said Matthew Bowling, Athletic Director.

Beach volleyball is perfect for those wanting to spend some time in the sun, make new friends or try a new sport. If you have any questions Coach Nancy Cothron’s email is: [email protected]