Learn To Bump A Volleyball Consistently

How to Pass A Ball

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. 

When you hear a player say they practice how to bump a

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

and consistency.

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.

Stay Low in an Athletic Stance
When You Bump A Volleyball

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.

You should keep your knees bent and shoulders hunched in a

slightly crouched over ready position so that you can move

quickly in any direction in order to receive the serve.

Why does this increase your chances of bumping a volleyball

accurately to your target?

Well, first if the player on the opposing team who is serving the ball,

serves you deep or short its easier for you to move forwards,

backwards or laterally, if you remain in a slightly crouched athletic


Secondly, if you insist on trying to pass the ball while standing erect,

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.

Watch the Opposing Server's Body Language

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.

When a player is ready to serve the ball, she will give you some

indication of where she plans to serve.

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.

For a few more clues as to where the server may serve the ball,

you can also check out where the server's shoulders are facing 

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.

When you 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

your area.

Talk About Who's Going To Pass The Ball

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

going to have to learn to be vocal and communicate on the

court with your teammates.

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

passing skills.

Meet Resee the Kangaroo and Passing Specialist on
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