Learning about volleyball passing is one of the most basic aspects of volleyball, but also one of the most important. Volleyball passing is one part of a complex sequence of events that must unfold perfectly if you expect to make that all too important sideout…so your passing skills must be top notch if you ever expect to win a game.
As a 2003 Pan-American Cup “Best Receiver” award winner and a 2010 World Championship “Best Receiver” award winner, I’ve made it a point to hone my passing skills to a fine edge, and I am here today to tell you firsthand that if your passing skills aren’t completely dialed in and tight, you will never be on the winning team.
Hi! I’m Logan Tom, three time Olympian as well as co-captain for the upcoming London Olympic games in 2012. I started playing on the US National team when I was 15 years old and also won a national championship at Stanford being named an all American. In the Beijing Olympics I was the overall points leader for women.
Today I am going to teach you guys some important aspects on passing. Initiating a point by a brilliant bump is such an amazing feeling. Bumping is such a vital skill to have if you want to make it in the world of volleyball. Mastering a perfect bump takes time and practice but come game time all of your hard work becomes worth it!
Watch the ball from the server to your platform, keep your eyes on your platform after contact just to get a feel for it, and over exaggerate everything. As you follow the ball with your eyes your feet should follow as well. Keep the ball within your passing zone and keep your platform strong and the same every time.
The three main keys to your feet are your base, tracking with your feet and going forward at the end. The base is an athletic stance while balanced front to back and side to side. You should track the ball with your feet without bouncing up and down. Lastly move forward toward your target taking two steps forward after the pass.
When the ball is coming to you, you want to cut the ball off on its line of approach and go meet the ball rather then the ball meeting you. You should keep your platform flat strong and the same every time. Give the ball an extra push toward your target.
The first thing on balance is that you want your core involved with everything you do because that’s where all your power is. Keep your center of gravity centered straight down between your knees and feet because you don’t want to lean a certain direction and not be able to react to the ball if it is going in the other direction. Keep your knees bent to maximize your balance.
Tying Everything Together
Watch the ball from the servers hand to your platform, make sure you move your feet with your eyes, maintain the same perfect platform every time and keep your center of gravity straight down with your knees bent.