5 Volleyball Beginner Passing Drills I Use To Improve Passing Skills

These are 5 volleyball beginner passing drills you need to see that show you what to do and what not to do in order to learn how to improve your passing skills quickly.


These are 5 volleyball beginner passing drills players should remember to do or not do in order to improve their passing skills including

  • avoid scooping your arms and winging your platform
  • keep platform arms straight and don't bend elbows
  • don't keep your arms too close to your body
  • beat the ball to the spot dont time the ball

Volleyball Beginner Passing Drills Players Should Avoid Scooping or Swinging Your Platform When Passing




While passing many beginner passers think its a good idea to bend their elbows to scoop the ball to the target or they swing their platform when passing thinking that's what's going to help get the ball where they want it to go.

You want to keep from doing either of these two movements because you won't be able to control the ball especially when you come up against tougher faster serves. 

Keep your elbows straight when passing no matter what... 



Volleyball Beginner Passing Drills Players Should Keep Straight Platform Arms and Avoid Bending Elbows




When you form your platform with your forearms and thumbs pressed together side by side and pointed to the ground this keeps your elbows straight. When passing you always want to keep your elbows straight and not bend them when you're contacting the ball. 


Volleyball Beginner Passing Drills Players Should Avoid Swinging Their Platform When Passing




Your "platform" is where the ball contacts your forearms  in order to transfer the ball to your intended target.

You want your platform to be held stable and sturdy and not pass the level of your belly button once you've passed the ball. 


Volleyball Beginner Passing Drills Players Shouldnt Swing Arms Or Keep Their Platform Too Close To Their Body





When you keep your platform too close to your body you are forced to swing your arms when you contact the ball.

When using correct passing technique you want to avoid swinging your arms when you pass because you are in less control of the ball and you increase the probability of the ball going right back over the net or staying close to you instead of being directed to the setter who's waiting at the net.


Volleyball Beginner Passing Drills Players Should Beat The Ball And Work On Not Timing The Ball




As a passer you should work on

  • reading the server's body language,
  • armswing, then
  • tracking the path of the ball 

and getting enough information from what all these things are showing you so that once the ball is served you visually follow the path of the ball when its travelling to the net and then move to where you see the ball is going to land once it gets to your side ...and move fast enough to that spot BEFORE the ball gets there. 

That's what we call beating the ball to the spot....



If you get to the spot at the same time as the ball ..that's considered "late' because now you have to rush to pass the ball but if you're at the spot BEFORE the ball it gives you more time to get set up and create your perfect passing platform.




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A volleyball passing drill can help you work on reading the server, learn your passing responsibilities in each position and how to cover the court much faster.A volleyball passing drill can help you work on reading the server, learn your passing responsibilities in each position and how to cover the court much faster.


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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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