In my article "11 Ways to Sharpen Your Serve Receive Game" which made me a contributing author to the Active.com site I'm coaching volleyball passing skills to players who want to learn how to improve their passing while in serve receive. I reprinted it here so you can read it on this site.
Here are 11 tips liberos, defensive specialists and back court passers can use to improve their serve reception and heighten the efficiency of their overall team's offense.
Neutralizing your opponent's service game is key to success on the volleyball court.
Run with your arms apart to get in position. You'll move faster. You want to be stopped before you pass the ball to avoid running and bumping simultaneously. You are not controlling the ball when you run and bump together, and it usually goes right back over the net.
Present your platform after you've stopped running. Your feet need to be in a balanced position first.
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 her hands to serve.
Keep your eyes on the ball as it comes across the net. Taking your eyes off the ball as it travels over the middle of the court increases the chances of getting aced. You may also be unable to make minor adjustments to your feet to accurately pass the ball to your target.
Anticipate where you need to be. Get there BEFORE you start passing the ball. By focusing early on the ball while it's in the server's hands you get an early indication on whether she is going to serve short, cross court, or down the line.
Keep your eyes on the ball. Visually track it as it leaves the server's hand, crosses the net, and all the way into your platform. Many passers get distracted, taking their eyes off the ball or tracking it once it crosses the net, which is late. Focusing on the ball early lets you anticipate necessary minor adjustments in your platform or with your feet.
Square your shoulders to the target before contacting the ball. You won't have any more arm adjusting once you make contact with the ball.
Shift your body weight from your back (left) foot to your front (right) foot when contacting the ball. Do this when you need to add a little more barbecue sauce to the ball to get it to the target without swinging your platform.
Pass with both feet on the volleyball court floor rather than doing the "jump-bump." You can make small adjustments with your feet on the ground which you can't do with your feet in the air.
Maintain good passing technique especially with the easy serves. You've taught your body the proper serve-receive positioning and will automatically react with the correct technique no matter how hard or fast the serve is.
Work on foot speed and agility drills. You'll be able to get behind each ball quickly with your feet first by increasing your short-distance speed, giving yourself plenty of time to present your platform and make the perfect pass.
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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.
Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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