Passing or bumping the ball to yourself is one of the first volleyball drills for passing beginners learn to do.
But they need to do it correctly. And as Kenny is showing in the video above bringing your passing platform up high at of above chest level is the wrong thing to do and every beginner does it, at first.
In order to control the ball and make it do what you want it to do you need to keep your platform at belly button level.
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 re-directed to the setter who's waiting at the net.
Alot of newby players think they should bend their elbows when passing the ball but its the opposite.
Elbows should stay straight and look like you a board you would use to contact the ball to redirect it to the setter.
You also want to avoid the scooping motion before putting your hands together to form your platform.
When you scoop that's one extra movement you make that could possibly make you late when you form your platform which could be a problem against a server with a flat fast serve that gets across the net quickly.
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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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