Volleyball Serve Receive - Going Beyond the Perfect Passing Form

In the previous volleyball serve receive and volleyball passing drills pages, you have learned the very basics of passing.

You were taught how you should keep the ball in front of your body when passing.

Volleyball Pictures - How to take your passing form to another level? You have been thought to keep the ball
directly in front of your body when passing

The perfect volleyball serve receive form

Most likely you have heard to keep the ball directly in front of you - over and over again.

A quotation about subconscious mind

And your coaches are absolutely right: "the perfect volleyball passing form" is your ultimate goal.

So that's how you should receive the serve - every single time.

However, very often in the match it is simply not possible.

Advanced Volleyball Serve Receive Techniques -
Going Beyond "The Perfect"

Take your volleyball serve receive techniques further.

When you take a closer look at the top players' techniques, you see them repeatedly serve receiving the ball from the right or left side of their body.

You'll also notice top players passing a ball high above their waist level - maybe even above their head.

Since players are forced to use these "odd" serve receive techniques frequently, players absolutely need to practice those techniques also.

Those "odd" passing forms occur as often as "the perfect passing form" in the match.

This is not teaching players to use wrong techniques; these techniques improve the player's capability to pass the ball. Those absolutely are as accepted as "the perfect passing form".

Take your volleyball serve receive techniques further.

For sure it is easier to pass the ball with "the perfect passing form".

And of course the goal still is to perform "the perfect volleyball passing form", but because a serving has become a very dominant and powerful in the recent years, players often do not have enough time to perform "the perfect passing form."

That is the reason why volleyball players have to learn to pass the ball all around their body.

Volleyball Passing Skills Techniques. Players also need to learn to control the ball
"all over their body".


A player should use these serve receive techniques:Volleyball Techniques - Serve Receive

  • when passer simply does not have enough time to move behind the ball 

  • some great outside hitters (wing hitters) use these passing techniques to their advantage. They maybe saving a step or two, which allows them to go to swing the ball quicker after ball is passed.


  • to increase the passing percentage, being able to pass up also the most difficult serves


The similar principles compared to “perfect passing form” apply:Volleyball Serve Receive Techniques

  1. Movement to the ball (by shuffling)

  2. Stop the movement 

  3. You might have to turn your body away from the target.

    For example when passing the ball from the right side, you’ll turn your body towards right side line and take a step back with your right foot.

  4. Still having a balanced and steady position with your both feet, turn the platform towards the target (setter).

  5. No swinging with arms, with steady platform passer directs the ball to the target.

To find more information about Volleyball Passing Overhead, click the link below.

Volleyball Passing Overhead

Volleyball Passing Related Pages

Volleyball Passing Drills

Volleyball Passing Drills Overhead

Advanced Volleyball Drills

www.teamusa.org - About Volleyball Passing

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