Bump, Set, Spike Vol. 6: The Passion to Pass

October 25, 2011
by Justin

A great pass could change the momentum of any game or any sport. Steve Young and Joe Montana made a small-college receiver named Jerry Rice into the greatest wide receiver of all time with great passing. Magic Johnson took James Worthy from Chapel Hill to the Hall of Fame with great passing. In the same way, a great pass can be the difference between a win or a loss. Passing is volleyball’s most simple fundamental, yet it is often the main issue in every loss. Nothing frustrates the momentum of any volleyball team, than not being able to score. Aside from the defensive aspect of protecting your side, a great pass can put your opponent in a compromising situation.

Welcome back to BSS, the ultimate Internet destination for volleyball training tips and techniques, provided to you by www.scoutme.com. In volume one (http://www.scoutme.com/volleyballrecruiting/bump-set-spike-vol-1-the-basics-to-jumping-out-the-gym/) we explored jumping techniques, while in two (http://www.scoutme.com/volleyballrecruiting/bump-set-spike-vol-2-the-ability-for-agility/) and three (http://www.scoutme.com/volleyballrecruiting/bump-set-spike-vol-3-the-second-wind-for-the-win/) had tips to increase your agility and endurance. Volume four (http://www.scoutme.com/volleyballrecruiting/bump-set-spike-vol-4-set-like-a-vet/) was a basic tutorial on how to set on the next level, and last week we took a page from Olympic Volleyball player, Misty May-Treanor (http://www.scoutme.com/volleyballrecruiting/bump-set-spike-vol-5-olympic-level-volleyball-with-misty-may-treanor/). This week the focus will be on the bumping/passing drills and techniques; let’s get into it!!!


It almost never fails; great footwork is paramount, whether you are running the hurdles or defending a spike. Volleyball’s cardinal sin is crossing your feet. Even if you are just playing around or warming up, you should never cross your feet when you are on the volleyball court. Another important aspect to great volleyball footwork is having a solid base. You should always be on your toes, with your feet shoulder width apart when you are expecting the volleyball.

Arm Position

Having proper placement of your arms could be beneficial in quelling the greatest serve or spike. Your arms should be in a flat platform, never creating and uneven arm base. Your hand position is up to you, you just have to make sure that you don’t cross all of your fingers. When it comes to great advice about anything, I prefer to be instructed by the best. Three-time European MVP and NCAA Champion, Mike Diehl, is volleyball royalty and has taken his game to the international level. Please check this instructional video, breaking everything down:



Drill 1: Star Drill

The star drill is an excellent way to strengthen your passing fundamentals. This drill works on foot placement, along with lateral quickness to the volleyball for great passing. This is a solid way to warm up as a team or even with your exercise partner. Check out breakdown of the drill and notice the progression if you desire to take the drill to the next level:                             



Drill 2: Pass and Go

This a great drill if you need a little work with your volleyball timing. Your partner should challenge you by making you move from side to side, while you make sure that you never crossing your legs each time you change direction. On the other hand, you should be sure to challenge your partner as they push you to your limit. The object of this drill is to keep the ball in the air. Check out how this drill is done in the video below:




Overall, controlling the volleyball is the key to a great pass. These drills should keep your technique and skill levels at their highest throughout the volleyball season. Check back next week for another installment of BSS; we’ll be exploring spiking techniques. This is Bump, Set, Spike and this is Yorick Hempstead signing off.




Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for Scoutme.com. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.


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