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What Is a Volleyball Seam?

Learn about volleyball seams in this Howcast sports video with Aurora Skarra-Gallagher and Tanya White.


So in beach volleyball, we talked about earlier on defensive strategy, when you're either taking the line indicated with a one, or an angle indicated with a two.

When I'm taking the line, my partner's then taking the angle. The in-between spot of that defense is what's called the seam. You kind of think of it as if the person just hitting directly middle instead of taking one half of the court or the other.

When I'm blocking, you go up to block and you press. If the net is along this way, and the pole and the antennae's here, and I'm pressing, I want to have this hand on my hitter, and I want to have this hand on the ball. If she goes past me underneath my arm here, that is the seam. My defender isn't necessarily covering that seam, she's covering outside of me, so I either need to either press more to take some of the seam, or she needs to be sitting on the seam, thus giving up another part.

As a defensive player, utilizing the seam is a great way to score extra points in crunch time. The defense is either taking the line or the angle, leaving the seam open. As a defensive team, it's good to start taking more seam if you're getting beat there by your opponent. You can take more seam on the block, when you're blocking line, pressing that inside hand as I mentioned earlier, or you can have your defensive player sitting on the seam if they're hitting it over and over again, and just taking that option away.

As a defensive player, sometimes it's smart just to sit on their favorite shot, and it demoralizes an offensive player when their favorite shot gets dug over and over again. And if they decide to change what they're doing, then you can change your defense accordingly. Those are a couple ways you can utilize the seam strategy in beach volleyball.

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