Five Volleyball Forearm Pass Tips
To Increase Ball Control

Five volleyball passing tips which will
make you a better passer.

The volleyball forearm pass is a crucial serve receive skill

players use to initiate their team's offensive plays once the

opposing team has served the ball into their court. 

The following forearm passing instruction pinpoints five different

things indoor players should remember to do when they are looking to

control the ball while they are passing.

Whether you are just learning how to play volleyball or have played for

awhile and are having problems with your passing, I suggest

you pick one of these elements to work on, one at a time, while you are

doing your passing drills in practice.

Volleyball Forearm Pass Tips: Keep Your Elbows Straight

First one of the most important things you want to do is to keep your

elbows straight which creates the flat platform you need to

control the ball and direct it to your target.

If you take a look at volleyball photos of players whether

collegiate or professional or beach pros who are in the process of

bumping a ball, note how they always work on presenting a nice flat

platform by holding their arms as straight as they can while they pass the


In order to present that straight platform, professional players

avoid bending their elbows when they contact the ball.

Indoor volleyball players should work on doing the same thing.

If you pass a volleyball with bent elbows, you will have less ball

accuracy, but by keeping your your arms straight you will

increase the amount of ball control and improve your ability to

guide the ball to the your target.

How do you keep your elbows straight?

By making sure that when you clasp your fingers together, your

thumbs should be pointing to the floor.

Volleyball Forearm Pass Tips: Track The Ball From The Server's Hands

You should get in the habit of visually tracking the ball all the way

into your arms.

As a passer, what is the best thing for you to focus on when the

opposing team is about to serve the ball?

Once the referee has blown the whistle to initiate the play, and the

server bounces the ball before she serves it, its at that moment  that

players should focus on the ball in the server’s hands.

Focusing on the ball while it’s in the server’s hands, then while it

crosses the net and keying on it all the way into your platform will help

you anticipate where you need to be in order to position yourself behind

the ball in order to pass it.

If you are an indoor player having a problem with your

volleyball passing skills one thing you can do is check to see if

you get distracted by taking your eyes off the ball between the time

the server serves it and the time the ball crosses the net.

You might be taking too long to start visually tracking the ball, and if

you start tracking it once the ball gets to your side of the net then

many times its too late to react to it.

That's when you increase your chances of getting aced or

shanking the ball because you've moved too late to it. 

Volleyball Forearm Pass Tips: Keep Your Arms Together

The next thing indoor players should remember when trying to

improve their volleyball passes is to always keep their arms

together without breaking them apart when making contact with

the ball.

For a period of time while playing college volleyball I was guilty of

breaking my arms apart against easy serves and free balls.

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But it’s not a good habit to get into, because sooner or later you’ll

find yourself having to pass a jump served ball.

The harder the serve, the more important it is to keep your arms

together so you can control the ball.

Volleyball Forearm Pass Tips: Keep Both Feet On The Ground

Fourth, and this next point is especially for the younger indoor

players who should work to try to pass the ball with both of

your feet on the ground.

When you bump the ball with your feet in the air, its famously called

the "jump bump" and many new players have a tendency to try and

'jump bump" the ball to their target.

Here’s the deal, if your feet are in the air then you can’t change

directions or make any last minute or minor adjustments to your body

positioning, but if you keep your feet on the ground you have control

over your body movements and can adjust to the ball accordingly.

At times, if a particularly good floater serve comes at you fast and high,

there may be times when you feel you have to jump up in order to

control the ball.

The best thing you could do, is to quickly back your body up while

staying in a low position which gives the ball a few more seconds and a

bit more space to come down where it has less movement in the air and

you have more control.

So, as much as you can, you want to avoid the jump bump.

Volleyball Forearm Pass Tips:
Move Your Feet Quickly To Position Yourself Behind The Ball

Lastly, wherever the ball is you want to move yourself to get

into position behind it with your feet first.

Besides doing passing drills in practice, indoor players want

to work on foot speed and agility drills.

This is because the faster you can move your feet, the faster you can

get yourself in the best position behind the ball in order to pass it.

Practicing this type of movement is called foot speed training and this

type of training comes in different forms.

You can regularly do some forms of lower body speed training

before you do your pregame warmup drills, where you should do a

series of short sprints forward, backward and sideways to help you

increase your foot speed and reactive abilities so that you can get

behind the ball fast for your passing.

Working on these five forearm volleyball tips should help you increase

your ball control during your serve receive passing. 

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