Good Volleyball Ball Control Is the Key To Improve Your Passing Skill 

Passing is important in volleyball because your team needs good passers with good volleyball ball control skills to run an offense in order to score points.  


The three ways to improve your passing in volleyball is to increase your volleyball ball control 

  • by increasing foot speed
  • beating the ball to the spot before it lands and
  • be stopped when passing the ball 

For better passing you need good ball control skills in order to deliver the ball to your intended target by using fast footwork that will improve the accuracy of your forearm pass

If you adopt the following habits that I teach in my Boot Camp classes, in order to get a higher percentage of volleyball passes to your setter so your team can run an offensive play.







Increase Ball Control With Fast Footwork


Get Positioned Early Behind The Ball Move Your Feet Faster

If you are late in getting positioned behind the ball

  • then you have to do a better job of moving your feet and
  • getting stopped behind the ball so you

increase the chance of controlling the ball right to the target.

For beginner and intermediate level players when you are not positioned behind the ball, in many cases you have to swing your platform outside of your body to pass it.


this is okay for advanced players who have fast footwork and better body control but for beginner and intermediate players who face a slower serve...its best that they work on increasing their footwork speed. 



Advanced players work on getting better volleyball passing technique and increasing volleyball ball control during the Friday Night Advanced Skills Class at Veteran's Leisure Memorial. 


For those beginner players who are working on getting better volleyball passing technique and haven't yet developed

  • great body control or
  • volleyball ball control skills,

this usually means

  • either your body will be off balance or 
  • you will end up using too much of your upper body and arms to try and get the ball to the target.

The lesson here is to avoid trying to do two things at once.




Increase Volleyball Ball Control When Passing The Ball Begins 
Don't Swing Your Arms


You definitely don't want to swing you arms when you pass the ball.

What you DO want to do is to


Group Volleyball Passing Drills: Cross Court Partner Passing Drill - Half Court Pass and Follow


To Increase Volleyball Ball Control When Passing Don't Run and Pass at the Same Time


What happens when you run and and pass at the same time?

Your passing in volleyball becomes

  • less accurate and
  • it'll be harder to get the ball to your target

especially if your setter is your target.

In most cases, the ball will go immediately over the net, which gives a free ball to your opposing team.

Something you don't want to happen. 

Players should anticipate where the ball is going to land and move quickly to get to that spot first.

The volleyball passing technique should be performed from a balanced position with both feet on the ground whenever possible. 



Wherever it looks like the ball is going to cross the net and land in your area, which may be only a side step or two steps away from you, you want to beat the ball to THAT spot.


To Increase Volleyball Ball Control 
Be Stopped Before You Pass The Ball


You want to try to be stopped so your momentum is not moving you forward.  

Ideally, you want to stop moving by the time the ball contacts your platform.

You'll experience better volleyball ball control skills when passing the ball by making two separate and distinct movements.


For better ball control...Be Stopped Before Passing The Ball.


First while in your serve receive passing ready position you want to stay light on your feet so that you can run, shuffle or side step to get to where you anticipate the ball is about to land.

Then your feet should be stopped, planted and balanced underneath you with your shoulders and body squared and parallel to the net.



You then should quickly clasp your hands together, keeping your elbows and wrists pressed together and your thumbs pointing to the ground in order to form your platform.


Increase Volleyball Ball Control Skills When Passing The Ball  - A Review


A quick review..

  • when you pass you want to stay very focused and concentrated on the ball starting when it's in the opposing team's server's hands and ending when it's bounced off of your platform and is heading to your setter's hands.


It does happen quickly, but as you get better volleyball passing technique facing easy serves, you'll see a marked improvement in your passing skills and your ability to get the ball to the target.  




Volleyball Ball Control Techniques: 
Where Do You Go From Here?


Where do you need to go now? 

Your three options are: 

  1. You can learn more about Passing in volleyball by visiting the Related Links below.  
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page   Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 
  4. Before leaving this page Say "Hi" to  Ms. Resee the Kangaroo, wearing the #11 jersey below. She's a left side hitter with precision passing and a member of the VolleyBragSwag All Beast Third team. 


Meet Resee the Kangaroo and Passing Specialist on VolleyBragSwag's All Beast Team

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