Volleyball Techniques: 6 Specific Skills Varsity Players Need To Know

This list of advanced volleyball techniques are specific skills that most high school players find difficult but after practicing them they score more points. 


When you're a JV or B team player who's learned the basic techniques for the six skills

the next thing you need to do is improve how you do the specific techniques while performing these skills so you can move on to the next level..you know...like varsity. 

The difference between varsity players and JV/B team players is usually just that..being

  • faster
  • stronger
  • more consistent
  • more aggressive 
  • more confident

Most beginner/intermediate players have very specific problems that they need to improve before moving on to the advanced varsity level like doing

  • the skills faster or with
  • more power or with
  • more consistency 


Here's a description of specific volleyball techniques that usually pose a problem for beginner or intermediate players.

Improve these skills and you will be much closer to becoming a more advanced player. 


Volleyball Techniques
for Serving

High Five Flat Hand Contact On The Ball 


Techniques for Serving

One of the most important volleyball serve techniques I constantly repeat in semi-private training and Boot Camp classes which almost instantly improves float serve consistency is how your serving hand should contact the ball.

To produce more float action the middle of your flat serving hand should make contact with the middle of the ball. 



Once you've completed your pre-serving ritual and have tossed the ball, you want to watch your serving hand contact the ball

This increases your chances of contacting the ball in best spot in order to produce the "no spin, lots of float" action on the ball. 




Volleyball Techniques
for Passing


Techniques for Passing 

The forearm pass in volleyball is a reception technique used mostly during the first contact in a rally by a player on the offensive team in serve receive that's just been served the ball.  



The pass is made when you clasp your hands together, one closed fist inside the other hand that wraps around the fist and with both thumbs pointed to the ground.

The technique of keeping your thumbs pointed to the ground, keeps your elbows straight which is needed to create a flat surface on which the ball contacts your arms, above your wrists and below the inside of your elbows. 

Your legs are shoulder width apart in a balanced athletic position once you've moved to where you see the ball is going to land in your court and you  position your body behind the ball after its crossed the net. 



To make the pass, you use your angled platform "arms" to control or angle the ball  to the target, usually your setter who's waiting in Zone 3 near the net. 

Whether you call it the bump, the serve receive, the underhand pass or the forearm pass every player needs to master the art of ball control in order to perform this offensive technique effectively in both beach or indoor volleyball.


Volleyball Techniques for Hitting


Attacking Techniques 

As a player you want to begin to develop good attacking techniques in volleyball early in your career when hitting  so when you get blocked you can rely on an assortment of different hitting strategies to use so you'll always be able to beat the block and get past the defense so you can score points regularly.

So if one spiking technique or attack shot doesn't work then you can try another off-speed shot or hard hitting option you've practiced during your spike training.

Mixing up the areas of the court you hit to by attacking the ball to a different area of the court, is another smart attacking technique in volleyball to do so that you will be successful at earning your sideout or point.


Volleyball Techniques for Digging

To dig a volleyball you need to create a platform with your forearms which you use to deflect or redirect a spike, tip or hard driven hit back up to your setter, libero or teammate. (Keith Allison)To dig a volleyball you need to create a platform with your forearms which you use to deflect or redirect a spike, tip or hard driven hit back up to your setter, libero or teammate. (Keith Allison)

Techniques for Digging

To dig a volleyball you need to create a platform with your forearms which you use to deflect or redirect a spike, tip or hard driven hit back up to your setter, libero or teammate.


To dig a volleyball you need to create a platform with your forearms which you use to deflect or redirect a spike. (Matt Van Winkle)To dig a volleyball you need to create a platform with your forearms which you use to deflect or redirect a spike. (Matt Van Winkle)


The key to good digging technique is to get your hips below the level of the ball just before you make contact while keeping your thumbs pointed to the ground so the arms that form your platform remain straight. 


        Volleyball Techniques             for Blocking
How To Penetrate Your Arms and Shoulders Over the Net

Blockers Volleyball Techniques Like How To Penetrate Arms and Shoulders Over the Net (Matt Van Winkle)Blockers Volleyball Techniques Like How To Penetrate Arms and Shoulders Over the Net (Matt Van Winkle)

Another way to maximize your vertical jump when you are learning how to block a volleyball is for you to keep your arms and shoulders fully extended over the net, without touching it for as long as you are jumping.

So don't put your arms up there and then pull them away before you've completed your block jump.


Blockers Volleyball Techniques: So don't put your arms up there and then pull them away before you've completed your block jump. (ShakesKC)Blockers Volleyball Techniques: So don't put your arms up there and then pull them away before you've completed your block jump. (ShakesKC)


If you do that, you are defeating the purpose for blocking and you will confuse the defensive players that are in the back court behind you.

Hold your arms at their full extension throughout the duration of your block jump, then when you land, land back down into a starting "Tiger Hands " position in case you have to block jump again.


Volleyball Techniques for Blocking: Keep your arms and shoulders fully extended over the net, without touching it for as long as you are jumping. (Ralph Arvesen)Volleyball Techniques for Blocking: Keep your arms and shoulders fully extended over the net, without touching it for as long as you are jumping. (Ralph Arvesen)


Volleyball Techniques for Setting

Line your body up underneath the ball starting with your forehead. So if you were to let the ball drop, it would drop on the flat part of your forehead and bounce right back up into the air.Line your body up underneath the ball starting with your forehead. So if you were to let the ball drop, it would drop on the flat part of your forehead and bounce right back up into the air.


Volleyball Techniques for Setting

Two things to avoid when setting...

  • Avoid leaning towards the ball, either to your right or to your left underneath the ball. 
  • Also avoid leaning forward stretching your torso so your butt sticks out in an effort to reach for the ball without moving your feet.

You want to line your whole body up underneath the ball starting with your forehead. 

So if you were to let the ball drop, it would drop on the flat part of your forehead and bounce right back up into the air.

Try that, its a great setting volleyball drill. 

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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. 




Volleyball Techniques: Where Do you Go From Here?


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