A Volleyball Passing Guide On How To Improve Volleyball Bumping Skills

Volleyball passing is the way to contact the ball with your forearms to guide it to your setter or over the net so developing a good forearm pass is crucial. 


Volleyball passing is the way to contact the ball with your forearms to guide it to your setter or over the net, so developing a good forearm pass is crucial.

In addition to the fundamentals discussed earlier, there are specific aspects to consider to enhance your passing skills.

Volleyball Passing: Pass Placement


The accuracy of your pass is vital in ensuring a successful play.

When passing the ball, aim to guide it to the target area or directly to your setter.

Here are some tips to control the angle and direction of your pass:

1. Visualize Target Areas:

Before the ball reaches you, mentally visualize the ideal landing spot for your pass. This can be an area on the court (e.g., close to the net for the setter or to a specific teammate for an attack) or directly to the setter's hands.

By having a clear target in mind, you can better control the direction of your pass.


2. Controlled Arm Swing:

As you make contact with the ball using your forearms, focus on the direction of your arm swing. Think about guiding the ball towards your intended target.

For example, if the setter is positioned on your right, slightly aim your pass in that direction.


3. Adjusting Body Position:

Use your footwork and body positioning to influence the angle of your pass.

If you need to pass more towards one side of the court, adjust your body orientation by angling your hips and shoulders slightly in that direction.

This subtle adjustment can help redirect the pass towards your intended target.


4. Practice Different Scenarios:

During training sessions or scrimmages, deliberately practice passing to different areas of the court.

Set up targets or imagine specific situations to challenge yourself to pass accurately in various game-like scenarios. 

The more you familiarize yourself with different pass placements, the better prepared you'll be in actual games.


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 varsity or JV volleyball team.


Here's the deal.


 For Better Volleyball Passing
Watch The Opposing Server For Clues 


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



If you are on the high school volleyball 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.




For a few more clues as to where the server may serve the ball, you should check out where the server's shoulders are facing and where her tossing arm is pointing.




A lot of high school varsity and JV servers when they want to serve the ball short to the opposing team's front row hitters will step right up to the serving line as close as they can.

That's a clue, Sherlock!

This is a pretty good indication that a short serve is coming.

When you notice the server doing this, then you want to adjust accordingly, by taking a step closer to the net so that you won't be taken by surprise by a ball landing just inches from the net on your side.

You position yourself to be ready to cover any short serves that come in your area.


For Better High School Volleyball Passing 
Talk About Who's Going To Pass The Ball


Another way to build better volleyball passing skills is to communicate and talk to your teammates about who is going to pass the next ball that comes in or around your area.

There's no getting around it, if you play volleyball, then you are going to have to learn to be vocal and communicate on the court with your teammates.





You need to be ready to take personal responsibility for balls that are served or passed into your area.

That means balls within one or two feet of you and balls that are served between you and the teammate next to you. 



First, you should be ready to call the ball, by calling "me", "mine' or 'I got" or "out"  in a loud clear voice so your teammates know that you are taking responsibility for passing that ball.

Taking vocal responsibility allows your teammates to set up early for whatever they need to do next.

You're helping them without saying you are helping them. 



You can also tell your teammates something else.

You can communicate to them what type of serve you think the opposing team's server is about to serve.

If you see someone stepping up really close to the service line then you should tell your teammates in a loud voice "Watch out for the short serve!"



This mentally helps your teammates to prepare to move quickly if the short serve comes. This way you are doing your part to let your team know that the short serve is possibly coming.

Another side benefit of adopting this habit is to let the opposing team server know, that you know what she is probably about to do and so it puts more pressure on her to serve the ball accurately.

I really hope these passing tips help you to improve your high school varsity or JV volleyball passing skills.

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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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