Learn 3 Important Steps To Improve Your Volleyball Bump Pass Skills

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Learn 3 Important Steps To Improve Your Volleyball Bump Pass Skills

Players use these steps to passing a volleyball to get the ball to a player or over the net holding their wrists together to form a platform with the forearms 

Welcome to my comprehensive guide on mastering the volleyball bump pass technique.

The bump pass, also known as the forearm pass, is a critical skill in volleyball, allowing players to transfer the ball from one teammate to another or over the net with control and accuracy.

In this article, I take you through my step-by-step guide, complete with clear instructions and visuals, on how to execute the perfect bump pass.

I also provide you with valuable tips and techniques to improve your passing skills and contribute to a more effective and cohesive team offense.

Whether you're new to the sport or looking to fine-tune your technique, this guide will help you become a consistently reliable passer on the volleyball court.

So, let's get started and take your bump pass skills to new heights!

Mastering the Volleyball Bump Pass Technique

What're the steps to a good volleyball bump pass? 

Passing in volleyball is the way to get the ball from one person to another or from one side of the net to the other side by using your forearms as a tool that creates a flat platform to make contact with the ball. 

Passing occurs most often as the first of three contacts the team in serve receive uses to set up their attack against the defensive team.

Steps To A Good Volleyball Bump Pass:
What is the correct way to pass a volleyball?

Creating a Flat Platform for Contact


Keeping the thumbs pointed to the ground when contacting the ball keeps your arms straight.

  • Your arms need to be kept straight in order to maintain a flat surface like the one you would see on a table top.

As we say in volleyball, this is your "platform."

This guides the ball to your target your setter or to another hitter or even across the net depending on where you want the ball to go.

Steps To A Good Volleyball Bump Pass:
The "Ready" Position

Perfecting the Ready Position for the Bump Pass

Before the rally starts, a player will position her body in an athletic stance, which many coaches call the "ready position."

Positioning Your Feet, Knees, and Legs

Feet are just outside the shoulders, with knees slightly bent in a loaded position so its easy to move right, left front or backwards to get to where the ball has been served. 

Maintaining Proper Shoulder Alignment

Shoulders are over the knees and arms are held out in front of you.

Your shoulders and upper body should be leaning forward a bit and parallel and squared to the net while you face the server.

What's The Optimal Distance for Your Arms Away from the Body

When you form your platform you don't want your arms too close to your body nor do you want them too far away from your body.

I tell our clients and boot campers that you should be able to fit a volleyball ball under your armpits. 

That's the perfect distance that your arms should be held away from your body in your ready position.



To Review What
The Volleyball Bump Pass
Technique Is
Step-by-Step Guide: Volleyball Bump Pass Technique

Step 1: Position yourself in the "ready position"

  • Stand with your feet just outside your shoulders keeping them shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees slightly to maintain a loaded position.
  • Keep your shoulders over your knees and arms held out in front of you, palms up
  • Lean your upper body forward a bit and face the server.

Step 2: Form the correct hand and wrist positioning

  • Press your hands and wrists together, with the fist of one hand inside the other hand.
  • Point both thumbs down towards the ground.
  • Maintain this position throughout the bump pass.

Step 3: Create a flat platform for contact

  • Keep your arms straight to maintain a flat surface, similar to a tabletop.
  • Avoid bending your elbows during the contact with the ball.
  • Aim to make contact with the ball on the forearms of both arms.

Step 4: Angle your arms and shoulders towards the target

  • Adjust the angle of your arms and shoulders to direct the ball to your desired target.
  • For passes to your setter or another hitter, angle your arms and shoulders towards them.
  • To pass over the net or to a specific location on the court, adjust the angle accordingly.

Step 5: Follow-through and recovery

  • After making contact with the ball, continue the motion through with your arms.
  • Follow the ball with your eyes to ensure it is going towards the intended target.
  • Quickly recover your ready position to be prepared for the next play.

Tips and Techniques for Effective Passing in Volleyball

1. Focus on accuracy over power:

The bump pass in volleyball requires precision rather than brute force. Concentrate on controlling the ball and accurately angling your platform to your target.

Watch how Tstreet 17-2s Head Coach Kenny Buen stays balanced and accurately passes the ball to my hand, his target without making me move while I'm holding the camera.

2. Stay balanced:

Maintain good balance throughout the pass by distributing your weight evenly and keeping a stable base while staying low. This will help you execute the technique effectively and react to the ball's trajectory.

3. Use your legs and core:

Transfer power from your legs and core into the bump pass. Bend your knees and engage your core muscles for added stability and power in your pass.

4. Anticipate the ball's trajectory:

Read the server's body position and the ball's flight path to anticipate where the ball will land. This enables you to position yourself correctly and make a successful pass.

5. Practice proper timing:

As the ball approaches, time your movement and contact to meet the ball at the optimal spot on your forearms. Practicing timing is essential for accurate and controlled passing.

6. Communicate with your teammates:

Effective passing requires good communication. Signal your intentions to your teammates, call out who should take the pass, and help direct the ball to the desired target.

Remember, when you pass a volleyball, you are transferring the ball from one player to another or over the net

  • without letting the ball come to a complete stop,
  • while clasping both hands together at the wrists and 
  • contacting the ball on your forearms

Whether you call it the volleyball bump, the serve receive, the underhand pass or the forearm pass every player needs to master the art of controlling the ball while consistently passing it to the intended target. 

You do that by doing lots and lots of reps which we do and practice in our Boot Camp classes. 

By following the step-by-step guide and implementing the tips and techniques, you can improve your bump pass skills, enhance your passing accuracy, and contribute to a successful offense in volleyball.

Steps To Passing A Volleyball:
Where Do You Go From Here?

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

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