To Forearm Pass A Volleyball Accurately You Need To Control The Ball 

Ball control is the biggest part of being able to pass a volleyball consistently to your setter 

To forearm pass a volleyball you clasps both arms together at the wrists, usually one palm of the hand inside the other while contacting the ball on the forearms (Richard Yuan)To forearm pass a volleyball you clasps both arms together at the wrists, usually one palm of the hand inside the other while contacting the ball on the forearms (Richard Yuan)


To forearm pass a volleyball you 

  • 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.


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When Do You Forearm Pass A Volleyball? 


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 defense. 

The first person to contact the ball on the team that's in serve receive, uses "the pass", to get the ball to their setter.

Another example when you may have to forearm pass a volleyball is during the second contact, if you're a setter and you can't get your hands on the ball fast enough to set it. 

You can form a platform and bump set the ball passing it instead of setting it to one of your hitters to spike the ball over the net. 


Passing in volleyball: The first person to contact the ball on the team that's in serve receive, uses Passing in volleyball: The first person to contact the ball on the team that's in serve receive, uses "the pass", to get the ball to their setter.


Two Ways To Control The Ball When you Forearm Pass


Controlling the pass, also called "controlling the ball" or "ball control" is a big part of becoming a very good volleyball passer. 

One way we teach passers to control the ball is to drop their hips lower than the level of the oncoming ball which helps you contact the ball to forearm pass it from a lower point. 

With your hips lower than the oncoming served ball you can get under it and give it lift  from a better angle with your legs. 

When you're lower than the ball you can give it lift.

When you hips are the same height or higher than the ball its harder to control it and the ball shoots over the net instead of to the setter or you shank it so no one can get to it. 

Another way to teach how to control the ball is to keep your shoulders over your knees when you pass the ball. 

One common mistake passers make is to pull their shoulders back when they make contact with the ball while passing.  

Instead we teach passers to keep their shoulders over their knees when contacting the ball. 

When passing the ball in serve receive, you need to control the ball so it stays on your side of the net and gets to the setter.

If you stand up or pull your shoulders back when passing, you also pull the ball back so it stays closer to you in the backrow.

The setter will have to chase the ball and work harder to get to it  to try and set it instead of getting a pass inside the ten foot line which allows her to run an in-system offense. 

You want to make a good set so your setter doesn't have to come to the backrow to set a ball. 

As a passer, your job is to be able to forearm pass a volleyball with as much control as possible so your setter can run an in-system offense. 



Karch Kiraly Volleyball Quote on the Importance of Passing a Ball



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Related Links:

Passing in Volleyball Fundamental Skills For Receiving The Ball Better

Improve Your Forearm Pass With Our Five Ball Control Tips 

Volleyball Passing: 3 Tricks To Improve Your Passing Skills

The Volleyball Pass 3 Ways To Improve Your Passing Accuracy

To Forearm Pass A Volleyball Accurately You Need To Control The Ball

Pass A Volleyball Consistently: Three Ways To Hold Your Hands To Pass 


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