Beach Volleyball Forearm Pass

Volleyball Passing Strategies On The Beach

Misty May Treanor & Kerri Walsh

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For girls learning how to pass the volleyball on the sand an

important key to remember is to determine before the referee blows the

whistle which player will take responsibility for taking the balls that

are served to the middle of the volleyball court.

The forearm pass on the sand is tough enough for new indoor players

first learning how to play beach volleyball. 

Not only do you have to adjust to playing volleyball on an uneven

playing surface but players have to learn who takes what responsibilities

on a volleyball court that now has to be evenly shared between two

players, not six.

During their indoor career many female volleyball players become

specialized in one area, like playing middle blocker.

Unfortunately many volleyball coaches only allow their middle blockers to

specialize in playing the front row.

So these players learn how to block a volleyball well, and how to

hit a ball in the middle of the net wellSome will have a tough serve

and many will be very good at moving laterally along the volleyball net.

But, this front row specialization doesn't help them become proficient in

having an all-around game or allow them to be able to learn how to

pass the volleyball or play defense in the back row.

I was fortunate enough to have had a pretty dominating career playing

indoor volleyball at the highest levels but when I decided to transition to

the beach volleyball game I really had to learn to develop all of my

volleyball skills especially the passing and defensive part of my game.

Even though I was a good indoor passer, I never fully appreciated the

importance of learning how to pass the volleyball accurately until I

went on to play on the sand.

Luckily, I started playing beach volleyball pretty early in my career.

In sand volleyball, with so much area to cover on the volleyball court,

it's crucial to establish which partner is going to learn how to pass the

volleyball when its served to specific areas of the court.

And this is especially important when the players of the opposing team

serve the volleyball to the middle of your court.

How To Pass The Volleyball On The Sand: Who Takes The

It's important for beach volleyball partners to pre-assign responsibility of

who will cover the middle of the court, which to be more specific is the

area between the two players in serve receive.

Any smart player serving the volleyball knows that the middle of the

court can be a weak spot where direct points can be scored easily.

If they can serve the volleyball in a way that causes confusion between

the two partners, then in many cases neither partner will move to pass

the ball and the server on the opposing volleyball team gets an ace to

her credit.

To reduce the possibility of neither player moving to pass the ball

served to the middle of the court, once the server on Team A gets into

position to serve the ball, the opposing beach volleyball passer on Team

B who is cross court from that server is responsible for passing the

volleyballs that the Team A server may serve to the middle.

The passer on Team B that is directly in front of the opposing team's

server is responsible for passing the volleyballs the server may

serve down the line.

Of all the volleyball passing strategies to adopt the key to this one

is for partners to communicate to each otherbefore the opposing

team's server serves the volleyball.

Once a team sees where the opposing team's server is lining up to serve

the ball, the cross court passer needs to say out loud to their partner "I

got the middle."

And if the line passer doesn't hear anything from her partner then the

line passer should say out loud "you got the middle, I'll cover line."

Jenn Kesey & April Ross

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So when learning how to pass the volleyball on the sand remember that

this is a way for partners to clarify which player will pass the volleyball

that's served to the middle of the court, before the referee blows the

Unfortunately, what happens time after time is that without this

communication between teammates before the serve, each partner

thinks that the other one is responsible for passing the volleyball being

served to middle of their court.

So when they get aced, its because neither one of them moved to pass

the ball served down the middle.

When successfully done, the server scores an easy point by creating

the famous "husband and wife play" where a ball falls between two

volleyball players because neither of them moved to pass the ball or

both of them moved to pass the ball served to the middle.

This happens in almost every beach game where new volleyball players

are getting together and learning how to pass the ball side by side for

the first time to play with each other. This situation can easily be

avoided with players communicating at the beginning of the play.

Pro beach Volleyball Action

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How To Pass The Volleyball On Sand Against A Jump Server

When facing a jump server then both players need to be prepared to

cover the middle.

No matter what, a jump serve is coming across the volleyball net at a

high velocity and that makes it risky to just leave the middle of the

court passing responsibility to just one player.

Instead, both beach volleyball players should be prepared to get behind

the ball to pass it straight ahead.

Another thing to remember when learning how to pass the

volleyball on sand is that if you are facing a server who has scored

a series of points against your beach team, then it's best to make

an adjustment by taking one or two steps that cover the area where

they served for points.

If my partner and I move a step or two closer to that area, now the

server sees something a little different which often is enough

to distract her to change her serving target or to take a little

speed and strength off the ball which should make it easier for

your team to pass the volleyball.

Be sure to check out more beach volleyball articles below.

Using The Volleyball Bump To Set The Ball On The Beach 

The Overhand Volleyball Serve On The Beach 

The Pass In Volleyball On The Sand 

Sand Volleyball Improves Your Indoor Game 

Sand Volleyball Rules For Passing A Ball

Rules of Sand Volleyball Passing

How To Pass The Volleyball On The Sand

The Beach Volleyball Set

Sand Volleyball Tips For Setting A Ball

Return To For Beach Volleyball Girls Of All Ages Who Love to Play From

How To Pass The Volleyball On The Sand 

Return To Inspiring Female Volleyball Players From How To Pass The

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