What 3 Things Does A Volleyball Passing Drill Help You Improve  

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

The Volleyball Passing Drill For Beginners: Wall Drills To Become A Better Passer




Doing almost any volleyball passing drill will help you focus on 


How can you get better at volleyball passing?

You can start building better passing skills by paying attention to the body positioning of the server on the opposing team.

When a player is ready to serve the ball, they will give you some indication of where they plan to serve.

If you are on the team that is receiving the serve, you should be checking the position of the opposing team's server's lower body, her feet and especially her hip position which will provide you some clues as to where the server will serve. 

Volleyball Passing Drill For Players Who Need To Learn To Pass A Ball: Wall Drills




-Take two big steps away from the wall
-Pick a spot on the wall that's 2-3 feet above your head.
-Use a piece of tape or chalk or identify the brick that you are going to pass EVERY ball to.
-Start passing to that spot.
-Every time the ball doesn't get to that spot, stop and start again.

Do not finish until you've passed 25 balls to that spot. They don't have to be in a row at first. Just get 25 no matter how long it takes.




The Server vs. Passer
Volleyball Passing Drill





Once the whistle is blown and the server starts bouncing the ball and is ready to toss......

that's when you really need to focus on the ball. Like a dog chasing a ball your eyes need to stay on that ball with razor sharp focus and track it as it crosses the net, and enters your court.

Then you should move quickly to the spot where you think its going to land before the ball does.



This volleyball passing drill is one of the best ways

* the best way to improve your ball control,

* they help you improve your skill and technique,

* they can be used to help condition an athlete and

* they can help you understand the team building process


This Volleyball Passing Drill Works on Controlling The Ball 




Controlling the pass, also called "controlling the ball" or "ball control" is a big part of becoming a very good volleyball passer.

One way we teach passers to control the ball is to drop their hips lower than the level of the oncoming ball which helps you contact the ball to forearm pass it from a lower point.

With your hips lower than the oncoming served ball you can get under it and give it lift from a better angle with your legs.


A Volleyball Passing Drill With Passing And Setting Reps To Help Improve Ball Control And Accuracy




Whether you do drills at home by yourself, or doing them in practice with your teammates, it's best to get in the habit of setting mini goals for yourself to reach in order to complete each drill.

For example, let's say you have to get 50 perfectly passed balls to the target before stopping one drill and going on to the next.

Not only will you discipline yourself to perform the volleyball drills correctly, but you will replicate the pressure you will feel in a game-like situation when you absolutely have to do the skill right.

5 Volleyball Passing Drills Beginners Should Know

These are 5 volleyball passing drills beginners need to see that show how to improve your passing skills


These are 5 volleyball passing drills beginners 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 Passing Drills Beginners 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 Passing Drills Beginners 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 Passing Drills Beginners 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 Passing Drills Beginners Shouldnt Swing Arms Or Keep Your Platform Too Close To Your 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 Drills For Passing Beginners 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. 


Volleyball Passing Drill: 
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