The Volleyball Bump
Why Players Shouldn't Run and Bump Simultaneously 

A good volleyball bump tip for beginner high school players learning how to pass a ball is to avoid running and bumping at the same time in serve receive. 

Keep your feet on the court floor during your volleyball bump. This keeps you, the player in control of the ball and not the other way around. (April Chapple photo)Keep your feet on the court floor during your volleyball bump. This keeps you, the player in control of the ball and not the other way around. (April Chapple photo)


The volleyball bump also known as passing in volleyball is usually the first contact a player makes when their team is on offense and has just received serve from the opposing team. 

Since being able to bump a volleyball is one of the two most important skills to learn as a high school player, on this page I wanted to talk about why its important not to run and pass the ball at the same time. 


Whether its a ball that looks like its going to be one side step or one lateral shuffle step away from you to your right or left side you want to beat the ball to THAT spot. (Mark Shaiken photo)Whether its a ball that looks like its going to be one side step or one lateral shuffle step away from you to your right or left side you want to beat the ball to THAT spot. (Mark Shaiken photo)


Of course, when coaching volleyball the majority of the time I talk about what you should be doing.

Well, when I'm in a passing practice, I tend to see alot of things players should NOT be doing and today I wanted to talk about one of the most important things to avoid doing.  

Check out my reasons for why you as a middle school or high school player should learn not to run and bump the volleyball at the same time. 


When performing the volleyball bump
do not run and pass at the same time. 


Beginner players make this mistake alot. Here's what you should be doing.

When you bump a volleyball, especially in high school you should do it from a balanced position whenever possible. 

As a passer you should

  1. quickly anticipate where the ball is going to land once it crosses the net and then 
  2. move quickly to get to THAT spot first, before the ball does.

Wherever it looks like the ball is going to cross the net and land in your area, whether its

  • a short ball in front of you falling near or on the ten foot line or
  • whether its a ball that looks like its going to be one side step or one lateral shuffle step away from you to your right or left side you want to beat the ball to THAT spot.

Move fast or learn to move faster!


Beat the ball to where you think its going to land in your court and get there before the ball does instead of timing the ball and getting to the spot at the same time.


Next,

3. 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.


Move quickly to beat the ball to where you think its going to land and then try and be stopped before you pass the ball so you're in a balanced position which gives you more control of the ball.  


When you don't do this and you run at the same time you are attempting to do your volleyball bump most often two things happen:


This is something you don't want to happen.

You don't want to give the opposing team an easy ball. Your goal is to always get an accurate and settable ball right to your setter so she is able to easily run the team's offense. 

Your passing in volleyball will improve when your volleyball bump is made when you make two separate and distinct movements.


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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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