Passing Volleyball

Most teams spend well over half of their practices
working on passing, whether it be off the attack or
serve receive drills.

The importance of accurate passing in volleyball
cannot be underestimated. It’s proven that losing
records and poor passing stats go hand in hand.

When working on passing in practice it’s important to
pay attention to the fundamentals. Usually when
players begin passing poorly it is because of laziness
getting to the ball, bad form or lack of focus.

Make sure that when passing both arms are in front makinga flat platform. Knees must be bent and shoulders rolled forward.

Upon the ball impacting the player, the platform should be aimed toward the target with one foot slightly in front of the other at shoulder’s width. The forward foot should also be aimed toward the target.

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Skilled players are able to slow down hard serves and
move them to the target area. Even so, skilled players
can also fall victim to sloppy passing with their arms
flailing about or getting caught standing straight up.
To avoid these problems, pay attention to form during
every attempt at passing.

Since volleyball really is a game of geometry, focus on how the body is positioned in relation to the ball and the target area. If the body is in position before the ball arrives, passing can be a breeze.

While in practice don’t be afraid to really work your
team. Serve hard and attack strong while playing in
scrimmage situations or any drills that you practice
that involve passing. The harder your team works
during practice focusing on their passing skills, the
easier the passes will be come game time.

Remember, the most important element of passing is
form. Get yourself under the ball quickly and line up
your body so that you can hit the target area every
time.