Passing or bumping the ball is a way of contacting the ball with
both of your arms held together so the ball lands on your
forearms which are used to guide it to a specific target, either
getting it to another player or to transfer the ball over the net.
Bumping the ball is a skill which does take a lot of practice.
volleyball, you don't have to worry, its not a medical condition.
What they are telling you is that they need to practice their passing skills
The following information is for a player looking for tips on how to
improve their individual volleyball serve receive skills.
Out of the six new skills, that you need to master, if you
want to learn how to play volleyball, passing a ball ranks up there as
one of the top three that will probably take the most time to learn.
One of the best ways you can improve your passing accuracy when you
bump a volleyball is to stay in a low body position before and
during the performance of the skill.
In my article "11 Ways to Sharpen Your Serve Receive Game" for Active.com players can learn how to improve their passing while in volleyball serve receive.
Whether you are a defensive specialist, a libero or a front row player
who has to bump the volleyball you will increase your chances of
getting the ball to your intended target, if you maintain a low position
while you are in the process of passing.
Once the referee blows their whistle blows, if you're passing the ball,
you shouldn't stand up.
Why does this increase your chances of bumping a volleyball
accurately to your target?
first if the player on the opposing team who is serving the ball,
backwards or laterally, if you remain in a slightly crouched athletic
Secondly, if you insist on trying to pass the ball while
the ball will more than likely hit you in the chest or if its a floater serve
that you are trying to pass, the ball will be harder to pass.
So, if you have a problem with accuracy while you are bumping a
volleyball then remind yourself to stay low as the ball crosses the net
and travels towards you.
Another way you can improve her passing skills is to
pay attention to the body positioning of the server on the opposing
Here's the deal.
If you are on the team that is receiving the serve, you should
be checking the position of the opposing team's server's lower body,
her feet and especially her hip position which will provide you some
clues as to where the server will serve.
and where her tossing arm is pointing.
A lot of servers when they want to serve the ball short to the
opposing team's front row hitters will step right up to the serving line as
close as they can.
That's a clue, Sherlock!
This is a
pretty good indication that a short serve is coming.
notice the server doing this, then you want to adjust
accordingly, by taking a step closer to the net so that you won't be
taken by surprise by a ball landing just inches from the net.
You position yourself to be ready to cover any short serves that come in
Another way, to increase the accuracy of your passing in volleyball
is to be ready to communicate and talk to your
teammates about who is going to pass the next ball that comes in or
around your area.
There's no getting around it, if you play volleyball, then you are
You need to be ready to take responsibility for balls that are served or
passed into your area.
That means balls within one or two feet of you and balls that are served
between you and the teammate next to you.
First, you should be ready to call the ball, by calling "me", "mine' or 'I
got" in a loud clear voice so your teammates know that you are taking
responsibility for passing that ball.
Taking vocal responsibility allows your teammates to set up early for
whatever they need to do next.
You can also tell your teammates something else. You can
communicate to them what type of serve you think the opposing
team's server is about to serve.
If you see someone stepping up really close to the
service line then you should tell your teammates in a loud voice
"Watch out for the short serve!"
This mentally helps your teammates to prepare to move quickly if the
short serve comes. This way you are doing your part to let your team
know that the short serve is possibly coming.
Another side benefit is to let the opposing team server know, that you
know what she is probably about to do and so it puts more pressure on
her to serve the ball accurately.
I hope these tips for bumping a volleyball helps you to improve your