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 

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?


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

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

Feet, Knees, 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. 


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.


You don't want your arms too close to you nor do you want them too far away from you.

We 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

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. 

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

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

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