How do you pass a volleyball?
a) Anticipate where the ball is heading and quickly move to get the
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
to another hitter or even across the net.
Here is step-by-step instruction for the three grips you can choose
from, when you pass a ball:
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.
Now point both thumbs to the ground. You now have created your
"platform" which you use when you contact 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!
b) You can first make a fist with your right hand, turning it sideways so
you see your thumb on top of your fist.
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
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.
on the part of your arms that is below your inner elbow and above your
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
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
straight as possible when you make contact with the ball.