Why You Should Play With Different Partners

We are so proud of all our Sand Soul players and their stellar performances in tournaments this season! Summer season may be winding down, but don’t worry, there are plenty of tournaments to keep you busy throughout the year, and fall training is starting soon, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get on the court.

When you picture yourself playing in these tournaments, is it with a specific partner? Maybe you feel like you’ve found “the one” for you–your chemistry is great on and off the court, and besides, you’ve played the last five tournaments with this person. By this point, it’s basically a given that you’ll sign up together for a tournament. But by limiting yourself to one partner, you might just be limiting your growth as a volleyball player.

Part of the reason that you love playing with your partner is probably that you two work well together. His or her strengths complement your weaknesses, and you know exactly who’s going to cover what. But this is exactly why you should consider switching it up. Give yourself the experience of playing with different people to see how you react as a player. When you find yourself with a partner who is suddenly shorter than you, do you have what it takes to become the blocker? You’ll never know until you try!

There are no hard-and-fast rules in beach volleyball about who you must play with, so don’t get too tripped up with trying to figure out how to break it to your partner that you’re going to play with someone new. Playing with someone is by no means a binding contract for future tournaments. Just make sure you do communicate! Let your partner know ahead of time that you’ll be playing with someone new so that they aren’t left hanging the night before.

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