What's The Correct Volleyball Ready Position For Passing in Volleyball 

Learn the volleyball ready position for passing where clasped thumbs are pointed to the ground to form a platform with forearms to pass balls in a rally. 


What is the ready position for passing in volleyball?

The four steps to passing in volleyball starts with a passer who adopts a volleyball stance for passing 

  • clasps your thumbs together keeping them side by side and pointed to the ground
  • which creates a flat surface on your forearms above your wrists and below the insides of your elbows...
  • used to guide/deflect and angle a ball after contacting its underside

to another player or over the net.  


The Volleyball Ready Position is Everything

Volleyball Ready Position: Different players adopt varying styles but generally your volleyball ready position should be an athletic stance. (Aversen)Volleyball Ready Position: Different players adopt varying styles but generally your volleyball ready position should be an athletic stance. (Aversen)


The Volleyball Stance For Passing

When done correctly this volleyball stance for passing prepares you to move quickly to the ball.

Different players adopt varying styles but generally your volleyball ready position should be an athletic stance.



The Volleyball Ready Position For Passing

  • with knees slightly bent 
  • keeping your shoulders over your knees 
  • hands and arms are extended in front of you with palms turned up towards the ceiling
  • arms should be kept high enough to be able to fit a volleyball underneath your arms so not too high and not too close to your body

which allows you to move quickly in any direction.





Passing in Volleyball: What's The Correct Volleyball Ready Position?  Step 1


Step 1. Hands on Your Knees

I teach my players and students to place their hands on their knees as the resting volleyball ready position in serve receive.



You have your hands on your knees while the server is bouncing the ball and going through their pre-serve routine. 

This gives you a chance to

Just before the server tosses the ball bring your hands off your knees to the volleyball ready position described at the beginning of this page. 


What's The Correct Volleyball Ready Position for Passing?  Step 2


Just as the server is about to toss the ball bring your hands off your knees to the volleyball ready position described at the beginning of this page. 




What's The Correct Volleyball Ready Position For Passing?  Step 3
Where do you hold your arms?


Many college and professional players choose to

  • extend their arms in front of their body or
  • out to the sides with their elbows bent at a 30 degree angle with their palms open towards the sky.



I believe that whether you

  • keep your elbows in front of you,
  • keep your hands on your knees  or
  • have them out to the side

is a personal choice.

In my career I've tried both and I found that the one that I used the most was the one that allowed me to use my arms in a running motion, faster, so I could quickly run to the ball if I needed to, before presenting my platform to pass it.

For me, holding my arms in front of me or putting my hands on my knees allowed me to do this faster.



The key to remember is that you want to be as quick on the draw as possible and you want to take the least amount of time to go from your ready position to actually contacting the ball, so you need to figure out which stance will allow you to do that.


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  1. You can learn more about Passing in volleyball by visiting the Related Links below.  
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