Pass A Volleyball Like A Pro:
Three Ways To Precision Passing

Effectively pass a volleyball with these
three ways to increase serve receive accuracy

Pass a volleyball like a pro: (Photo Jaroslaw Popczyk)Pass a volleyball like a pro: (Photo Jaroslaw Popczyk)

How do you pass a volleyball?

a) Anticipate where the ball is heading and quickly move to get the

middle of your body behind the ball.

b) Hold your wrists together keeping elbows straight to form a 

"platform" which is what you use to make contact with the ball.

c) With bent knees and in an athletic stance with hips lower than the

oncoming ball, contact the ball with your platform keeping arms

very straight so the ball contacts your arms only once.

d) Angle the platform by dropping your shoulder in the direction

of where you want the ball to go before you guide it to your setter, or

to another hitter or even across the net.

When You Pass a Volleyball, How Do You
Keep Your Hands Together? 

Here is step-by-step instruction for the three grips you can choose

from, when you pass a ball:

Forearm Pass a Volleyball
Hand Position Option #1

a) First you would put the back of your open right hand into the open

palm of your left hand, that way, your two opened palms are turned

upwards towards the sky so your two open hands form an X.

Then you close your hands together in such a way that both

thumbs remain on top of both fists and in contact with each

other, side by side.

Now point both thumbs to the ground. You now have created your

"platform" which you use when you contact the ball.

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By pointing your thumbs to the ground, the platform created

with your arms, remains nice and flat, perfect for controlling the ball

to your intended target when you make contact with it. 

Be sure to make contact with the ball above your wrists and below your

inner elbows, not on your hands!

 Forearm Pass a Volleyball
Hand Position Option #2

b) You can first make a fist with your right hand, turning it sideways so

you see your thumb on top of your fist.

Then place that fist of your right hand into the palm of your left

hand until, once again your two thumbs meet and are lined up side-by-


Then, just like in forearm pass grip option #1, you would point

both thumbs down towards the ground, tightly holding your the wrists

and thumbs of both hands together.

This forces you to keep both of your elbows straight and will help you

maintain a flat platform or flat surface when you contact the


Once again, do not make contact with the ball below your wrists, you

will never be able to consistently control the ball and get it to your

intended target that way. 

You do want to move your feet fast enough to get to where you think the

ball is going to land, before it gets there. 

This is called reading and anticipating the ball.

Once you do that then you position your body to pass the ball

on the part of your arms that is below your inner elbow and above your


Volleyball Forearm Pass a Volleyball
Hand Position Option #3

 I don't recommend this grip for beginners. But for some college and

pro volleyball players this type of grip works for them.

c) This last option is to choose to not have a real hand grip at all.

But if you can manage to keep your wrists together, so they still form

the required "table-top" platform with your forearms, keeping

them as close as possible when you bump the ball, you can still be a

precise passer using this style of grip.

I tried option C for a while when I was playing professional indoor

volleyball, but I didn't like how often my arms broke apart, which

increased the risk of passing the ball with bent elbows.

So I went back to volleyball pass grip option #1 which I felt most

comfortable with.

The most critical element to remember during your volleyball

pass is to keep your wrists, forearms and elbows together and as

straight as possible when you make contact with the ball.

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