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Volleyball Passing Rules

When a player gets possession of the ball, they have three hits to get it back over the net. The first two are usually passes to another player.

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Passing The Ball

Passing is a two-step process that requires a minimum of two (2) players to move the ball.

The first step is the player with possession hits the ball towards a teammate. The second step requires that teammate to either pass the ball again or hit it over the net.

In most sports, a pass leads to a catch. In volleyball a pass is a hit that leads to another hit.

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Rules Of Passing

A player CAN:

  • pass the ball from anywhere on the court
  • hit the ball as hard as he wants
  • use any part of his body to pass
  • pass underhand or overhand
  • go out of bounds when passing the ball

A player CAN NOT:

  • pass the ball to himself
  • be the first player to touch his own pass
  • catch the ball or have prolonged contact
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Goals Of Passing

Why is passing an effective way to move the ball around the court in volleyball? Here are the reasons you should pass before you attack:

  • to get control of the ball
  • to set up an attack
  • to get the ball in the hands of a specific player
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Passing Strategies

More often than not, a pass will be in the form of a set, with a players hands under the ball pushing it up towards a teammate. Sets are usually the second hit.

Players can use sets strategically to set up attacks. A trap set is very close to the net, allowing a player to attack close to the center line. A deep set is placed far from the net to throw off defenders. A quick set is fast and low, usually the attacker can see it coming and jump before it is set.

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Bump / Forearm Pass

If not a set, the pass is probably a bump. This may be the first or second hit. It's done with your forearms brought together, pushing the ball up towards a teammate.

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