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
First one of the most important things you want to do is to keep your
control the ball and direct it to your target.
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
Indoor volleyball players should work on doing the same thing.
If you pass a volleyball with bent elbows, you will have less ball
How do you keep your elbows straight?
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.
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.
together without breaking them apart when making contact with
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.
Fourth, and this next point is especially for the younger indoor
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.
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
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.
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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