For players learning the beach volleyball forearm pass an important key to remember is to determine before the referee blows the whistle... ...which player will take responsibility for taking the balls that are served to the middle of the volleyball court.
Any smart player serving the volleyball knows that the middle of the court can be a weak spot where direct points can be scored easily.
If they can serve the volleyball in a way that causes confusion between the two partners, then in many cases neither partner will move to pass the ball and the server on the opposing volleyball team gets an ace to her credit.
To reduce the possibility of neither player moving to pass the ball served to the middle of the court, once the server on Team A gets into position to serve the ball, the opposing beach volleyball passer on Team B who is cross court from that server is responsible for passing the volleyballs that the Team A server may serve to the middle.
The passer on Team B that is directly in front of the opposing team's server is responsible for passing the volleyballs the server may serve down the line.
Once a team sees where the opposing team's server is lining up to serve the ball, the cross court passer needs to say out loud to their partner "I got the middle."
And if the line passer doesn't hear anything from her partner then the line passer should say out loud "you got the middle, I'll cover line."
When learning how to perform the beach volleyball forearm pass remember that this is a way for partners to clarify which player will pass the volleyball that's served to the middle of the court, before the referee blows the whistle.
Unfortunately, what happens time after time is that without this communication between teammates before the serve, each partner thinks that the other one is responsible for passing the volleyball being served to middle of their court.
So when they get aced, its because neither one of them moved to pass the ball served down the middle.
When successfully done, the server scores an easy point by creating the famous "husband and wife play" where a ball falls between two volleyball players because neither of them moved to pass the ball or both of them moved to pass the ball served to the middle.
When facing a jump server then both players need to be prepared to cover the middle.
Instead, both beach volleyball players should be prepared to get behind the ball to pass it straight ahead.
Another thing to remember when learning how to do the beach volleyball forearm pass is that if you are facing a server who has scored a series of points against your beach team, then it's best to make an adjustment by taking one or two steps that cover the area where they served for points.
If my partner and I move a step or two closer to that area, now the server sees something a little different which often is enough to
which should make it easier for your team to pass the volleyball.
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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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