The Bump in Volleyball How To Bump A Volleyball A Step By Step Guide

Some of your passing problems happen when you bump in volleyball because you don't keep your eyes on the ball until it crosses the net to your court. 

Learn how to bump in volleyball better by watching it earlier when its in the server's hands and tracking it so you move earlier when it crosses the net into your court.  (A. Chapple)Learn how to bump in volleyball better by watching it earlier when its in the server's hands and tracking it so you move earlier when it crosses the net into your court. (A. Chapple)

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.


The bump in volleyball is one of the ways you can hit a volleyball.

The bump also known as the pass is usually the first contact you make when your team receives the serve of the opposing team.  


Before you bump in volleyball you should keep your eyes on the ball while its in the opposing server's hands. 


While in serve receive some advanced and even collegiate players make the mistake of

  • not watching the ball and
  • tracking it early enough as it travels from the server's hands into their court,

So they get caught by surprise and move late to the ball once it crosses the net to their side. 

If you are an indoor middle school or high school player having a problem with your ability to bump a volleyball consistently to the target 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.


Bump in volleyball: Keep your eyes on the ball early so you anticipate adjustments you need to make with your platform or feet to control a late breaking floater serve. (Keith Allison photo)Bump in volleyball: Keep your eyes on the ball early so you anticipate adjustments you need to make with your platform or feet to control a late breaking floater serve. (Keith Allison photo)

Bumping in volleyball: Keep your eyes on the ball while its in the server's hands


Focus on the ball in the opposing server’s hand, not on the server’s face. 

  • It's the ball you need to pass
  • Focus on it as soon as the server gets it in their hands to serve


Keep your eyes on the ball.

If a server has a great float serve, that ball will

before it reaches you and then...it will drop right to the floor in front of you.

If you aren't tracking the ball closely, watching every move it makes..that ball will just drop right to the floor before you have a chance to make a move for it. 


The Bump in Volleyball: As a passer you should get in the habit of visually tracking the ball keeping your eyes on the ball all the way into your arms before you bump a volleyball.The Bump in Volleyball: As a passer you should get in the habit of visually tracking the ball keeping your eyes on the ball all the way into your arms before you bump a volleyball.


You should get in the habit of keeping your eyes on the ball...visually tracking the ball all the way into your arms whenever possible.



To bump in volleyball more consistently what should you be focusing on before the referee blows the whistle to start the rally?


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 ...keeping their eyes on the ball white it's still 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 in 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.


How To Reduce Volleyball Bumping Errors 


You might be taking too long to begin visually tracking the ball, and if you start tracking it once the ball gets to your side of the net then, against a tough server... that's 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. 


Good passers move quickly to the spot they think the ball is going to land before it gets there. To do this well, you need to track the ball early, watching it closely before it crosses the net into your court. 

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