The volleyball pass is a technique used by a player in serve receive who
clasps both arms together at the wrists, usually one palm of the hand
inside the other while contacting the ball on the forearms, specifically
the area above the wrists and below the inside of the elbow.
The forearm pass is usually performed by one of three to
five players on a team that is receiving the serve from the team on
The setter waits at the net, inside the ten foot line and is in charge of
setting the ball to any of the front row or back row hitters (except the
libero), ready to hit the ball over the net in an attempt to score a point
against the team on defense.
Controlling the pass, also called "controlling the ball" or "ball control" is a
big part of becoming a very good volleyball passer.
First, you need to check out the server's body position to pick up any
What should you be looking for?
After you've checked out the server's body position and made your
adjustments based on where it looks like the server is going to serve,
What do you say?
"Hey watch the server, looks like she's going to serve short."
You just maintain your focus on the opposing team's server while
a) you are saying this out loud to your teammate and
your focus should be completely on the ball while its still in the server's
Here's the deal, once the server tosses the ball in the air for their pre-
serve ritual there really isn't much they can change.
At that point, you should lock your eyes in on the ball and start to
visibly track it from the server's hands once she makes contact with
Keep visually tracking the ball, keeping your eyes on it as it crosses the
net and as the ball travels closer and closer towards you.
ability to focus on the ball as it comes from the server, into your court,
all the way into the extended arms of your platform.
You don't want to take your eyes off the ball even when it makes
contact with your forearms while you are passing it.
You want to watch the ball all the way into your court until it makes
contact with your passing platform and then you want to keep watching
the ball as it travels off of your platform and makes its way to the
Another thing you can do with your eyes during your volleyball
Imagine that this tracking device is activated just before the server
tosses the ball in the air for her serve, and continues tracking the ball
all the way across the net into your platform and continued until the ball
reaches the setter's hands from your pass.
Focusing on the ball like this should reduce the amount of times you
get surprised by the ball at the last minute.
Maintaining this type of focus on the ball will help you anticipate any
last minute moves that you may have to make after the served ball
crosses the net to your side of the court.
Professional volleyball players have protected themselves against
the opposing server's hands, so when it gets to the net and then crosses
to their side it's easy for them to move their feet to get into position to
pass the ball right to the target.
If you are late in getting positioned behind the ball then you have to do
a better job of moving your feet and getting stopped behind it, so
you have a better chance of controlling the ball to the target.
When you are not positioned behind the ball, in many cases you have to
swing your platform outside of your body to pass it.
volleyball and haven't yet developed great body control or ball
control skills, this usually means either your body will be off balance or
you will end up using too much of your upper body to try and get the
ball to the target.
The lesson here is to avoid trying to do two things at once.
What will happen is that your forearm pass will become less
accurate and it'll be harder to get the ball to your setter.
In most cases, the ball will go immediately over the net, which gives a
free ball to your opposing team.
Wherever it looks like the ball is going to cross the net and land in
your area, which may be only a side step or two steps away from you,
you want to beat the ball to THAT spot.
Then you want to be stopped so your momentum is not moving you
forward. Ideally, you want to stop moving by the time the ball contacts
First you want to stay light on your feet so that you can run or side
step to get to where you anticipate the ball is about to land.
Then your feet should be stopped and your shoulders and body should
be squared and parallel to the net.
Lastly, when you pass a volleyball you want to stay very focused and
concentrated on the ball starting when it's in the opposing team's
server's hands and ending when it's bounced off of your platform and is
heading to your setter's hands.
It does happen quickly, but as your forearm passing gets better by using
this sequence, you'll see a marked improvement in your passing skills.