Did you know that certain volleyball passing errors have special names?
to another, whether its from one teammate to another or from one
player to over the net.
A passing error occurs when you try to pass the ball to another player
and the ball hits the floor or goes out of bounds before your teammate
can get to it and either pass, set or hit the ball to continue the rally.
Volleyball passing errors happen often when a team is on serve receive
and they are facing an opposing team with a tough server.
The server will do everything to make it difficult for one your passer's to
pass the ball perfectly up to your setter.
Below, I've described three different types of volleyball passing errors
that you can commit either in serve receive or while passing a ball
To a normal person, using everyday language a shank has three
a) it could be a sharp object used to stab something
b) the lower part of a person's legs usually describing the knee to the
c) for the third possible meaning in normal language a "shank" can
mean to mishit a ball or badly contact a ball sending it in a direction you
weren't aiming for.
This occurs most often in golf.
In this case, the golfer and the volleyball player have some things in
After swinging his club, the golfer may shank a golf ball, sending the ball
in a direction he wasn't aiming for.
In volleyball, the same thing happens to a player, but instead of a golf
The "shank" is the word that commonly appears in a phrase used by a
player, coach or fan like "Wow, you really shanked that ball".or "Hey did
you see how far he shanked that ball?"
It's used to describe a player who miscontacts a hard serve or hard
hit sending the ball ricocheting off her arms out of bounds instead of to
the setter or the intended targeted player.
In normal everyday language an overpass is the bridge road cars drive
on to cross over a river, a railroad or a freeway.
In volleyball terminology, if you commit an "overpass", it means
that while passing a ball up to your setter, usually during an attempt to
Instead of going to your setter at the net, it goes over the head of the
setter and directly over the net into the opposing team's court.
beginner players make.
They occur when you have
Teams and players spend hours in practice trying to improve their
passing technique especially when faced with high speed serves from
the opposing team.
Their goal is to reduce or eliminate the chances of committing volleyball
passing errors like an overpass during a game.
Because when it occurs its easy for the other team to score a direct point
by just blocking or hitting the ball back into your court.
This action usually happens so fast that the team that committed the
overpass, doesn't have time to get set up in defense, so the overpass
has forced them into a situation that's extremely hard to defend against.
One of the few names for a volleyball passing error that actually is a
If your team keeps stats while they play, then whenever a
player on your team is unable to receive serve that results in the ball
Okay let's make it simple.
A "reception error" is a fancy way of saying that on the first contact of the
ball in serve receive you either "shanked" the ball, "overpassed" the ball
or contacted the ball in a way that it hit the floor or went out of bounds
before another teammate or setter could touch it to make a second
The term "passing on a dime" does not describe any volleyball passing
In fact its quite the opposite.
This is one of the terms that celebrates an excellent execution of a player
passing the ball to the target.
Ever hear someone say "Oh that's right on the money" if so you are
headed in the right direction toward understanding this phrase.
Passing dimes, or setting dimes means you are passing or setting balls
right to the intended target!
So yes, this actually is a good thing!
the ball on a dime" then they are describing a situation where you made
a perfect forearm pass or bumped the ball right to the intended target.
In almost all cases the target is the setter, or the setter's hands if she's
on the move or to the setter's area if she's coming from her starting
position in serve receive.
Basically, its the latest, greatest coolest way of complimenting someone
for making a perfect pass!