Volleyball passing, also known as bumping the ball is a way of contacting the ball with both of your arms held together so the ball lands on your forearms which are used to guide it to a specific target, either getting it to another player or to transfer the ball over the net.
Passing the ball is a skill which does take a lot of practice.
When you hear a player say they practice how to bump a volleyball, you don't have to worry, its not a medical condition.
What they are telling you is that they need to practice their passing skills and consistency.
The following information is for you if you are a player looking for tips on how to improve your individual volleyball passing skills.
of the six new skills, that you need to master, if you want
to learn how to play volleyball, passing a ball ranks up there as one of the top three that will probably take
the most time to learn.
One of the best ways you can improve your volleyball passing accuracy when you bump a volleyball is to stay in a low body position before and during the performance of the skill.
Whether you are a defensive specialist, a libero or a front row player who has to bump the volleyball you will increase your chances of getting the ball to your intended target, if you maintain a low position while you are in the process of passing.
Once the referee blows their whistle blows, if you're passing the ball, you shouldn't stand up.
You should keep your knees bent in a loaded position and shoulders hunched so they are over your knees when passing the ball so that you can move quickly in any direction in order to receive the serve.
Why does this increase your chances of passing a ball accurately to your target?
Well, first if the player on the opposing team who is serving the ball, serves you deep or short its easier for you to move forwards, backwards or laterally, if you remain in a slightly crouched athletic position.
Secondly, if you insist on trying to pass the ball while standing erect, the ball will more than likely hit you in the chest or if its a floater serve that you are trying to pass, the ball will be harder to pass.
So, if you have a problem with accuracy while you are passing a ball then remind yourself to stay low as the ball crosses the net and travels towards you.
way you can improve your volleyball passing skills is to pay
attention to the body positioning of the server on the opposing team.
Here's the deal.
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.
For a few more clues as to where the server may serve the ball, you can also check out where the server's shoulders are facing and where her tossing arm is pointing.
A lot of 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.
You position yourself to be ready to cover any short serves that come in your area.
Another way, to increase the accuracy of your volleyball passing is to be ready 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 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" 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 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 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 hope these tips for bumping a volleyball helps you to improve your passing skills.