Better Volleyball Passing Begins With Ball Control and Faster Footwork

Here are two ways to make your individual passing skills even more accurate when your team is in serve receive. 

For better volleyball passing you need to control the ball and deliver it to your intended target by using fast footwork that will improve the accuracy of your forearm pass

Adopt the following two habits that professional players use and that we teach in our Boot Camp classes, in order to get a higher percentage of better volleyball passing reps to your setter.

Better Volleyball Passing Begins With Faster Footwork:
Get Positioned Early
Behind The Ball 

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 greater chance of controlling the ball to the target.

For beginner and intermediate level players when you are not positioned behind the ball, in many cases you have to swing your platform outside of your body to pass it.

Advanced players work on getting better volleyball passing technique during the Friday Night Advanced Skills Class at Veteran's Leisure Memorial from 5 - 6. 

For those beginner players who are working on getting better volleyball passing technique 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 and arms to try and get the ball to the target.

The lesson here is to avoid trying to do two things at once.

You definitely don't want to swing you arms when you pass the ball so what you DO want to do is to anticipate faster where the ball is going to land once it crosses the net to you side and then to move your feet faster to beat the ball to that spot. 

Better Volleyball Passing Begins With Better Ball Control

What happens when you run and and pass at the same time?

Your forearm pass becomes less accurate and it'll be harder to get the ball to your target, your setter.

In most cases, the ball will go immediately over the net, which gives a free ball to your opposing team.

Something you don't want to happen. 

Players should anticipate where the ball is going to land and move quickly to get to that spot first.

The passing action should be performed from a balanced position with both feet on the ground whenever possible. 

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 try to be stopped so your momentum is not moving you forward.  

Ideally, you want to stop moving by the time the ball contacts your platform.

You'll experience better volleyball passing when you pass the ball making two separate and distinct movements.

First you want to stay light on your feet so that you can run, shuffle or side step to get to where you anticipate the ball is about to land.

Then your feet should be stopped, planted and balanced underneath you with your shoulders and body squared and parallel to the net.

You then should quickly clasp your hands together, keeping your elbows and wrists pressed together and your thumbs pointing to the ground in order to form your platform.

A quick review..

  • when you pass 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 you get better volleyball passing technique facing easy serves, you'll see a marked improvement in your passing skills and your ability to get the ball to the target.  

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