How To Master The Volleyball Passing Platform: Techniques and Tips

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How To Master The Volleyball Passing Platform: Techniques and Tips 

  A volleyball passing platform is with forearms clasping your thumbs together and pointing them to the ground so ball contacts above wrists and below elbows.  


Welcome to my comprehensive guide on how to master the volleyball passing platform.

In this article, I dig into the key techniques and tips that will help you improve your passing skills and become a valuable asset to your team on the court.

Definition and Function:


A volleyball passing platform refers to the area on your forearms used to contact, control, and guide balls that are below your waist.

It is an important skill in volleyball as it allows you to receive and redirect the ball after an attack hit, setting up your team for successful plays.


Your Volleyball Passing Platform
Where do you contact the ball on your platform arms?


The digging and passing platform in volleyball is where the ball, after an attack hit, contacts your forearms to be deflected and/or redirected into the air usually towards the middle of the court towards the setter zone near the middle of the net.




Where is the volleyball passing platform?

In volleyball terminology, the area on your forearms used to contact, control and guide balls that are below your waist is called your "volleyball platform." 

You want to contact the ball on your platform above your wrists and below the inside of your elbows on your forearms. 



1. Arm Positioning:

Clasp your forearms together, with your thumbs pointing towards the ground.

2. Contact Points:

The ball should make contact above your wrists and below the inside of your elbows on the forearms.

3. Hand Placement:

Keep both wrists held together by placing a closed fist inside the palm of the other hand and wrapping the fingers around the closed fists. This ensures that both thumbs are together and pointed downward.


How do you make a volleyball passing platform?


Both forearms are held together at the wrists so your arms form a flat surface for the ball to bounce off of.



To keep both wrists held together, a digger places a closed fist inside the palm of the other hand and wraps the fingers around the closed fists so both thumbs are now together side by side. 

By keeping both thumbs together and pointed to the ground, keeps your elbows and arms straight throughout the entire digging action. 

1. Position both forearms together at the wrists to form a flat surface.

2. Place a closed fist inside the palm of the other hand and wrap the fingers around the closed fists to keep both thumbs together and pointed downwards.

3. Maintain straight elbows and arms throughout the entire digging action.


Digging and Passing Tutorial


Here are some practical tips on how to effectively use the volleyball passing platform during digging and passing actions:


1. Create Early Angles With Your Platform That Block The Path Of The Ball:

As the ball comes towards you, present your angled platform in front of you to block its path.



2. Deflect the Ball Upwards:

Ensure that the ball contacts the bottom third of your platform to deflect it into the air towards the middle of your court close to your team's ten-foot line.


3. Aim for Accuracy:

Practice controlling the direction and height of your passes, aiming for accuracy and placing the ball towards the setter zone near the middle of the net.


Digging volleyball attack hits how does it work? 

At the same time, you present your platform in front of you, you block the path of the ball so it contacts your forearms and is deflected up in the air towards the middle of your court close to your team's ten foot line. 



A Digging and Volleyball Tutorial
Where does the ball contact your volleyball passing platform?


Your arms, outstretched in front of you and held together keeping elbows straight, contact the bottom third of the ball so its deflected in the air

...This way 

a) you keep the ball from hitting the floor so the other team cannot score a point

b) your dig, sets up the opportunity for your team to counterattack and try and get the ball to the opposing team's court floor so you can score the point.



To make the correct contact on the ball we teach our players to keep their shoulders in front of their knees when digging. 

This helps you lean forward enough to insure the ball hits the right spot on your platform. 


Correct Body Positioning


Maintaining the correct body positioning is crucial for successful platform usage.

Keep your shoulders in front of your knees when digging to lean forward enough and ensure the ball contacts the right spot on your platform.



Mastering the volleyball passing platform is an essential skill for any volleyball player.

By understanding the key elements, techniques, and incorporating correct body positioning, you can elevate your passing game and contribute significantly to your team's success.

Practice regularly and use these tips during your training sessions to see improvement in your performance on the court.

Embrace the challenge and strive for continuous improvement, and you'll become a valuable asset to your team. Best of luck on your volleyball journey!


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