How To Pass in Volleyball Step By Step Learn Volleyball Passing Basics

Learn how to pass in volleyball correctly with this step by step tutorial describes volleyball passing basics before during and after the opposing team serve.

Learn how to pass in volleyball with this step by step tutorial on what to do before, during and after the opposing team's server serves the ball. (Ralph Aversen)Learn how to pass in volleyball with this step by step tutorial on what to do before, during and after the opposing team's server serves the ball. (Ralph Aversen)


To become a good passer learn how to pass in volleyball by understanding what to do before, during and after the serve. 


How To Pass in Volleyball
What To Do Before the Serve


Before the serve

  • Keep feet shoulder width apart in a balanced position with knees bent so you're in a slight squat.
  • Keep feet slightly staggered so right foot is two-three inches in front of your left foot so you can move quickly in any direction.
  • Hands can rest on knees with shoulders over the knees. 

Before the serve keep feet shoulder width apart in a balanced position with knees bent and right foot 2 inches in front of your left. Hands on knees with shoulders over the knees. (Aversen)Before the serve keep feet shoulder width apart in a balanced position with knees bent and right foot 2 inches in front of your left. Hands on knees with shoulders over the knees. (Aversen)

How To Pass in Volleyball 
What To Do During the Serve


During The Serve

  • As the server tosses the ball the passer's hands come off the knees and extend out in front of you
  • Arms and shoulders shouldn't be too high or too close to your body.
  • The perfect distance to hold your passing arms from your body ...you should be able to fit a ball underneath your armpits

How to pass in volleyball: As the server tosses the ball the passer's hands come off the knees and extend out in front of you. (AJ Bullock)How to pass in volleyball: As the server tosses the ball the passer's hands come off the knees and extend out in front of you. (AJ Bullock)

How To Pass in Volleyball 
What To Do After the Serve


After The Serve

Once the server contacts the ball

  • Anticipate where you need to be based on the path the served ball takes and
  • Get your body behind the ball EARLY
  • Be stopped and in a balanced position with body and shoulders facing and parallel to the net

How to pass in volleyball: Make a platform by wrapping your left hand around your right fist with thumbs pointing down to the ground forcing elbows and arms to create a straight platform.How to pass in volleyball: Make a platform by wrapping your left hand around your right fist with thumbs pointing down to the ground forcing elbows and arms to create a straight platform.

  • Create a platform with your arms by making a fist with one hand and cover the fist with the other hand while keeping wrists together and thumbs pointed to the ground
  • Keep hips below the level of the ball 
  • Use your platform to contact the ball on your forearms above your wrists and below the insides of your elbows   
  • Angle your inside shoulder towards your intended target
  • Freeze your platform on ball contact and don't swing your arms. This freezing action keeps the ball in the air longer and it allows the setter to read and anticipate where the pass is going

A quick review..on how to pass in volleyball step by step


1. Feet shoulder width apart with right leg slightly in front of the left. Shoulders and upper body in slight crouch ready to move in any direction quickly.

2. Anticipate where you need to be and get there BEFORE you start to pass the ball keeping arms and hands apart.

3. Get stopped with right foot slightly in front of the left.

4. Present your platform by wrapping your left hand around your right fist with thumbs pointing straight down to the ground which forces elbows and arms to from a super straight platform.

5. When contacting the ball don't swing your arms to serve receive - keep your platform below your shoulders and thumbs pointing to the ground - always.

Use YOUR LEGS to get the ball to the target by shifting your body weight from your back (left) foot to your front (right) foot.

6. Shoulders should already be squared to the net before you contact the ball so you don't have anymore adjusting to do with your arms once you contact the ball.

7. Keep your eyes on the ball.

Visually track it as it leaves the servers hand all the way to your platform. By focusing on the ball you can tell if you need to make minor adjustments in the angle of your platform in order to get the ball to your target.

8. Have fun playing volleyball in your next indoor volleyball game, match or tournament!




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