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Overview

To many players and fans, Karch Kiraly is beach volleyball. Now you can learn the game from the best there ever was with Beach Volleyball, the only book devoted exclusively to the sport.

Beach Volleyball will help you master the skills of the game. Kiraly explains and demonstrates every technique—serving, passing, setting, spiking, blocking, and digging. He also presents the 23 best practice drills to improve each of these important skills. You will learn Karch's special beach volleyball conditioning program for high-level fitness and performance, a regimen that has kept him at the top of the game for over two decades. More than 40 training exercises and drills will boost your flexibility, strength, speed, agility, and endurance.

The techniques, tactics, and training tips contained in Beach Volleyball, along with Karch's special insights and stories, will prepare you for even the toughest opponents. And you too might become the best on the beach.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
“An insightful guide to beach volleyball by the reigning ‘King of the Beach.' Karch provides the reader with the reason for his longevity at the top with extensive details of his exercises and workouts. This book is a blueprint for a successful beach volleyball experience.”

Al Scates
Head Men's Volleyball Coach, UCLA
17-time NCAA Champion
Five-time American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year

“When you think of the sport of volleyball, you think of Karch Kiraly. When you think of the quintessential chronicler of the sport of volleyball, you think of Byron Shewman. When the two collaborate on a project involving the game, where could you go wrong? If you play beach volleyball, this is the resource.”

Sandra L. Vivas
Executive Director
American Volleyball Coaches Association

Karch's mental and physical approach to training and competition are flawless—read and learn.”

Mike Dodd
AVP Player and 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist
Winner of 78 Open Tournaments

Al Scates
An insightful guide to beach volleyball by the reigning 'King of the Beach.' Karch provides the reader with the reason for his longevity at the top with extensive details of his exercises and workouts. This book is a blueprint for a successful beach volleyball experience.
— Al Scates, Head Men's Volleyball Coach, UCLA Lifetime record: 946-147 (.865) 17 NCAA Championships Named Coach of the Year in 1984, '87, '93, '96, '98 by American Volleyball Coaches Association and 1998 Volleyball Coach of the Year by U.S. Olympic Committee
Sandra L. Vivas
When you think of the sport of volleyball-indoor and outdoor-you think of Karch Kiraly. When you think of the quintessential chronicler of the sport of volleyball, you think of Byron Shewman. When the two collaborate on a project involving the game, where could you go wrong?

Beach Volleyball is a historic and revealing examination of the evolution of the outdoor game. Kiraly's anecdotal approach to illustrate every element of the game is excellent, pressing the reader to forge ahead not only to learn the tricks of the trade but to find out 'what happened next.' Strategy and technique are more than adequately addressed, as are intangibles such as dealing with a partner or coping with the inherent joys and drawbacks of competition.

If you play beach volleyball, this book is the resource.
— Sandra L. Vivas Executive Director American Volleyball Coaches Association

Mike Dodd
Karch's mental and physical approach to training and competition are flawless-read and learn. I enjoyed his personal insights of the Olympics and beach partnerships. His pure love of beach volleyball and his fair historical interpretations of our sport were truly refreshing.
— Mike Dodd AVP Player Olympic Silver Medal, 1996 Beach Volleyball 78 Open Wins AVP Defensive Player of the Year, 1994-1997
Mike Witmarsh
After competing against Karch, the king of our sport, for the last nine years, trust me when I say that it is a good idea to read Beach Volleyball. Whether you're a beginner or a professional beach volleyball player, there are some great tips to help improve your game. Good luck and I'll see ya on the beach!
— Mike Whitmarsh Professional Beach Volleyball Player 21 Open Victories
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880118361
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/13/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Karch Kiraly is the greatest volleyball player of all time. He has won more championships—indoor and outdoor—than anyone else. He is the only volleyball player to win three Olympic gold medals: two came with the USA national team indoors in 1984 and 1988 and the other came on the beach at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

Kiraly is easily the most recognizable player on the pro beach tour and not just because of his trademark pink hat. The six-time AVP MVP won his first tournament in 1979 and hasn't stopped since, accumulating 136 career victories through 1998. And as the all-time career earnings leader in beach history, he usually ends up on the winner's stand.

Besides being one of the best ambassadors any sport has ever known, Kiraly is also an accomplished writer. His book Karch Kiraly's Championship Volleyball has been very popular since its first publication in 1990. He is a contributing editor for Volleyball Magazine and he helped produce Strictly Beach, a video on winning sand volleyball strategies and techniques. He lives with his wife, Janna, and two children, Kristian and Kory, near his office—the beach—in San Clemente, California.

Byron Shewman also has a competitive background to go with his writing credentials, giving him a thorough understanding of the sport's history and subtleties. Shewman played on the U.S. National Men's Team in the early 1970s and played as an Open player on the beach when the game was still amateur. He also coached in the International Volleyball Association before turning his attention to writing and becoming a contributing editor to Volleyball Magazine.

He spent 13 months researching and writing the only comprehensive volume on the sport's history, Volleyball Centennial, The First 100 Years, published in 1995. He is also the founder and director of Starlings Volleyball Clubs, USA, a nonprofit junior volleyball program for inner-city girls. Shewman lives in Imperial Beach, in San Diego County, California.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Game
Chapter 1. The Evolution
Chapter 2. The Attraction

Part II: The Skills
Chapter 3. The Serve
Chapter 4. The Pass
Chapter 5. The Set
Chapter 6. The Spike
Chapter 7. The Block
Chapter 8. The Dig

Part III: The Training
Chapter 9. Flexibility
Chapter 10. Strength
Chapter 11. Plyometrics
Chapter 12. Speed and Agility
Chapter 13. Endurance

Part IV: The Play
Chapter 14. The Partner
Chapter 15. The Competition

Milestones

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