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Winning Mindset In Beach Volleyball 

— By Andrew Russell

They're a young team looking to breakthrough on the world scene.

The veteran Jamie Broder is an Olympian and feels ready, healthy and inspired to raise her game to the next level. The rising talent is Sophie Bukovec, and she is equally ready to make her mark on the sport. 

The typical beach volleyball game lasts for an hour, and each match consists of a best of three-set series. When every point counts, it is critical that a team is unified and mentally strong to deliver the best possible outcome.

Akin to many individual or double team sports, the mental fortitude of the athlete or team is essential to success. If things are firing on all cylinders and the outlook is upbeat, often the momentum of positive results will follow. On the flip side, if a team is feeling the pressure, and errors are compounding into additional errors, the results will most likely not be as positive. 

 Jamie Broder prepares for a smash while training at Woodbine Beach in Toronto. (JACK LEAHY)

Jamie Broder prepares for a smash while training at Woodbine Beach in Toronto. (JACK LEAHY)

Beach volleyball is an outstanding example of a sport of runs. When speaking with retired elite volleyball athlete turned coach Maverick Hatch, he had this to say: "Making an error is fine. The real error is letting it compound into another error."

So take it from the best in beach volleyball, forget the errors and mistakes and always be looking ahead at the good things to come. 

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