Forearm Pass in Volleyball

What does 'forearm pass in volleyball" mean?

The forearm pass in volleyball is a reception technique used mostly

during the first contact in a rally by a player on the offensive team in

serve receive that's just been served the ball.  

Its made when you clasp your hands together, one closed fist

inside the other hand that wraps around the fist and with both

thumbs pointed to the ground.

Keeping your thumbs pointed to the ground, keeps your elbows straight

which is needed to create a flat surface on which the ball contacts

your arms, above your wrists and below the inside of your elbows. 

Your legs are shoulder width apart in a balanced athletic position once

you've moved to where you see the ball is going to land in your

court and you  position your body behind the ball after its

crossed the net. 

To make the pass, you contact the ball before the ball is lower than

your hips and you use your angled platform "arms" to control or angle

the ball  to the target, usually your setter who's waiting in Zone 3 near the


In beach volleyball the forearm pass is used more frequently as

the first and second contact  in a rally. 

The first contact, just like in the  indoor game is to get the ball up to the

setter, who's waiting close to the net.

But in beach because of windier conditions, the setter often uses

the forearm pass in volleyball to set the ball up for a hit over the

net by the partner who passed the ball. 

Setters on the beach will forearm pass or "bump set the ball" to

avoid being called for a fault because of the increased possibility of

contacting the ball twice or lifting it when trying to overhand set the ball

in outside weather. 

Whether you call it the bump, the serve receive, the

underhand pass or the forearm pass  every player needs to

master the art of ball control in order to perform this offensive

technique effectively in both beach or indoor volleyball.

Begin right now to familiarize yourself with the study guide of passing

and reception terms I've listed below because this is the skill you will use

the most on the court. 

What is the forearm pass in volleyball?

The forearm pass is the technique most commonly used

during the first contact in a rally especially if you're trying to get

the ball to another player or if you're trying to get the ball over the net

without spiking it.

To pass the ball you keep your hands and wrists pressed together at the

wrists with the thumbs of both hands pointing down to the ground.

Keeping your thumbs pointed to the ground keeps your arms

straight and this creates what we call in volleyball jargon " your

platform"  a flat surface like one you would see on a table.

Your "platform" is what you use to make contact with the ball,

guiding it to your setter, or to another hitter or even across the


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