Passing - One Common
The most common fault on passing technique is the
player heavily swings the
ball with arms.
Do not swing with arms - just place the arms under the
A served ball approaches fast; therefore the player
should never swing at the ball - it is enough just to place arms under
the ball to
direct the platform toward the target.
Plenty of attention
should be paid on arms to avoid swinging. If a player needs to put
extra power behind her bump pass, it could be done by a very
light push with legs, body and arms - still by keeping the
almost steady - just by directing the ball
Receive or Toss Over the Net - Teaches Correct Passing Techniques
It helps coaches to teach correct passing skills
when receiving the serve or toss over the net as soon as
serve receiving at the net, it helps players to realize the ball
travels quite fast, so there is no need to swing with arms or push the
ball heavily with legs.
Volleyball Drills Passing - How to Practice
The coach introduces the skill and makes sure a
does the technique correctly without the ball.
The coach could use
a chair (or similar) and ask
the player to sit on the edge of the chair, having a well balanced
position, around 90 degree knee angle, the weight preferably on toes
than heels, her arms extended to pass
(bump) the ball. The chair could help player to visualize the basic
passing form. Naturally, it can be done without the chair also.
The coach asks the player to take the basic
passing position and mimic passing
(bumping) by placing the platform under the imaginary serve and
directing to toward the setter.
An example of a low passing form
The player may use a very light push with legs,
body and arms when
directing the ball to the setter. There is no need for the extensive
swing or push with legs.
If the extra power is needed i.e. to push a
free ball to the
setter, the player may use a push "through the body", in other words a
light push with legs, body and arms to bump the ball to the setter.
Swinging the volleyball heavily with arms makes
Passing - Adding the Toss
On this progression, the coach takes a ball into
play and tosses it to the player.
The coach tosses the ball to a player who takes
the basic passing
position. (If a chair is used, the player could be sitting on the edge
of the chair.) When the volleyball approaches, a player performs a pass.
An example of a high passing form
These next phases should be fairly quick.
The coach should
progress as soon as possible to toss or serve the ball over the net.
In this phase the speed of the ball is not very high, so
may learn unnecessary habits, like swinging the ball with arms, if this
kind of drills are repeated too much.
A player could repeat the pass 8-10 times
giving a rest or switching with the partner. Players tend to
lose the full focus, if repeating too many reps in a row.
It could be tough for a beginner player to
passes in half squat position, so give players enough rest and don’t
than 4-5 sets.
Passing - Passing with Footwork
This progression with a footwork need a little bit
and could be
repeated in several practices. Again, it is
recommended to perform passing with footwork at the net as
The coach or target starts tossing the
volleyball a little bit
the left or right side of the player. The player performs
steps to keep the volleyball in front of her body.
The coach should pay attention to shuffle
should be short, weight more on the toes than heels (in other
words: forward) and cross over steps are
not allowed. While moving to the volleyball the arms should be
unattached - "in front of the body", ready to be attached.
The coach should also pay attention to the fact
that a player stops
completely and has
a well balanced position before she passes (bumps) the ball back to the
coach or target.
The coach also needs to work
on tossing the ball in front and
back of the player, so the player needs to shuffle backwards
As soon as the coach feels the players are ready
they can move to perform the same on the net.
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