trying to get the ball to another player or if you're trying to get the ball
over the net.
Keeping the thumbs pointed to the ground when contacting the ball
keeps your arms straight.
Your arms need to be straight in order to maintain a flat surface like one
you would see on a table top.
You would then use your "platform" to make contact with the ball,
angling your arms to your target, which guides the ball to your setter or
to another hitter or even across the net, depending on where you want
the ball to go.
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Before the rally starts, a player will position her body in an athletic
stance, which many coaches call the "ready position."
Different players adopt varying styles but generally your ready position
should be an athletic stance which allows you to move quickly in any
Your feet should be slightly wider than the width of your shoulders, and
your knees bent slightly.
Your shoulders and upper body should be leaning forward a bit and
parallel and squared to the net while you face the server.
Many college and professional volleyball women choose to
extend their arms in front of their body or out to the sides with their elbows
bent at a 30 degree angle with their palms open towards the sky.
I believe that whether you keep your elbows in front of you, keep your
hands on your knees or have them out to the side is a personal
I teach my players and students to place their hands on their knees as
the resting ready position.
In my career I've tried both and I found that the one that I used the
most was the one that allowed me to use my arms in a running motion,
faster, so I could quickly run to the ball if I needed to, before presenting
For me, holding my arms in front of me or putting my hands on my
knees allowed me to do this faster.
The key to remember is that when you have your arms down by your
sides in a ready position, it takes a lot of time to bring them up to
You want to be as quick on the draw as possible and you want to take
the least amount of time to go from your ready position to actually
contacting the ball, so you need to figure out which stance will allow
you to do that.
When you pass a volleyball, you are transferring the ball from one player
to another, or over the net
master the art of controlling the ball while passing in volleyball.
Your three options are: