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How to Play Volleyball : How to Pass or Bump a Volleyball

Hello, this is Keith, on behalf of Expert
Village. In this clip, we’re going to be looking at how to pass a volleyball. Passing is usually
the first touch of three contacts on a side. It can also be called an under-hand pass or
a bump. To be in a ready position to accept the pass, you want to keep your arms apart,
your knees bent, you feet about shoulder-width apart, your weight slightly forward, and one
foot just slightly in front of the other. As you move toward the ball, you want to bring
your hands together. So you’re keeping your hands open until you get closer to the ball.
This way you can run and get to the ball and you don’t waste time. It could be really awkward
to run to the ball with your hands together. It can be much slower, and you can be much
faster if you keep your arms apart while you run. When you bring your hands together, you
want to do one of two things: you want to use the cup method or the ball in hand method.
The cup method is when you basically cup your hand and put it inside the other one. The
ball in hand, you ball your right hand (if you’re right-handed), and you cup your other
hand around the ball. In both of these methods, you want to make sure you line up your thumbs
and you keep a flat platform on your arms. It’s very important that you keep this platform
flat because it’ll allow you to be way more accurate in you passing. If one of your arms
is above the other, chances are it’s going to hit one arm and bounce off at a strange
angle. But if it hits both of your arms at the same time it’s flat, and you can be much
more accurate at where you want to place the ball. A common misconception when you’re passing
is that you swing your arms up. This is not the case. Almost all your power is coming
from your legs. You get low as soon as you need to pass the ball, and you let your legs
spring you up, holding your platform straight the whole time. Your arms will be moving,
but not because you’re swinging them; but because you’re raising them up through your
legs. This will give you enough power to reach you target. If you can’t get to the ball in
time to square up to your target, you can still pass the ball. In this case, we’re going
to have to keep our arms out to the side. In this you still want to make sure that you’re
not swinging your arms. You want to use your body to rotate and hit the ball, keeping your
arms locked out in front of you. The power is going to come from you hip rotation. When
you’re passing to the setter, your target is always going to be just over head-level
of the setter.

David Frank



  1. bizjetjal Posted on October 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    One thing that he didnt cover is that when you pass, you want to swing your arms up slightly. It helps push the ball higher in the air. At higher levels, especially at the Olympics, they barely use their legs. They pass by swinging their arms up and down.

  2. bizjetjal Posted on October 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    @covergirl3520 watch a video from the men's Olympic games and you'll are that they all swing their arms. Your told to not swing your arms because it throws of the solidarity of your platform and aim but as you get better you'll start being told too. THis video was made for beginners and wouldn't include the arm swing

  3. Extra Acct Posted on October 27, 2010 at 3:49 am

    i like your beard

  4. Jvizzlezz Posted on November 26, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I'm way too strong for volleyball. I can't seem to control my power… I see a ball, and I just go off and SPIKE THE HELL OUT OF IT (Roundhouse, of course). Sometimes, I don't even mean to hit it that hard, and it ends up flying 6 miles away from my target. I wouldn't be surprised if people that play against me will have to sign Death Waivers…

  5. Jvizzlezz Posted on November 26, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I'm way too strong for volleyball. I can't seem to control my power… I see a ball, and I just go off and SPIKE THE HELL OUT OF IT (Roundhouse, of course). Sometimes, I don't even mean to hit it that hard, and it ends up flying 6 miles away from my target. I wouldn't be surprised if people that play against me will have to sign Death Waivers… Au contrare, I'm not that good at volleyball 🙂

  6. Karina Rojas Posted on December 9, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I have to play this for PE and i suck :/

  7. Karina Rojas Posted on December 10, 2010 at 12:18 am

    @mananirvana Im so bad at it, I either Duck we the ball comes 2 me, or I try to hit it But it goes backwards…or It hits the Net

  8. Layla Bertoune Posted on December 11, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Thanx so much 🙂

  9. Volleyball1on1Videos Posted on December 16, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Like this video!! Check out much more great volleyball instruction videos with the worlds best volleyball players on my channel!!

  10. Jose Cabrera Posted on December 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Check these Volleyball prospects
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  11. MrAlvinhwang Posted on February 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    hey how many pts do you get if you hit da ceiling

  12. hihi894 Posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Its definetly green screen.. you can see the line arround him when he talks to the camera.

  13. Take me to your Primus Posted on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm


  14. Jessica Hammel Posted on February 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for the tips

  15. SingaporeTrialsBoy Posted on March 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

    @pepejfc ????????

  16. gettingsilly1 Posted on March 9, 2011 at 3:54 am

    You really should not have one foot in front of the other they should be equal and shoulder width apart. If your one foot is in front of the other the ball will go in the direction of the forward foot. Just saying! So maybe next time you post a vid make sure that all of the facts/directions are correct in it. Thanks!

  17. hvdind Posted on March 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Simpsons did it!

  18. Sergio SistemA Posted on March 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    k mierda es esta?¡

  19. Hyorin BB Posted on April 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you very much , cause i'm realy bad in volley-boll .
    I'll try to do what you say. thank you again ^^

  20. Nanodae Posted on May 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    never played volleyball before but it looks boring D:

  21. lg 1080 Posted on May 17, 2011 at 1:37 am

    @Nanodae its actually really fun onc u starting playing for real

  22. Dominique Ortiz Posted on June 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    What ever You DO NOT Swinqq Your Arms. You Jus Use Your Leqqs.!"(:

  23. MrAntojin Posted on June 20, 2011 at 7:59 am

    @aithana05andcha03 Well, it is actually, you can notice it by the silhouette of the guy.

  24. Dominique Ortiz Posted on June 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    @KiddddG321 Well iBArely Made FreshMann VolleyBall ANd The Varsity Jus Told ME Not To Swing My Arms Because The Ball Will Go BackWards. And To Jus Use Your LEgs

  25. Annie. Monvilus. Posted on June 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    @mightyfinechicka loooolll

  26. JeBriesha Craddock Posted on July 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    omg. this was so nice of you to do. thanks.

  27. Rian Bantigue Posted on July 10, 2011 at 5:58 am

    kewl. wow!! thanks for this!!

  28. urmomdoesntloveu Posted on July 22, 2011 at 5:11 am

    i just wanna say, his passing methods r a lil bad to use. ur forarms break apart if someone does a fast jump serve or a hard spike that ur trying to pass.

  29. Andor Gyulai Posted on July 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    This guy sucks! See some pros at volleyball1on1videos!

  30. Andor Gyulai Posted on July 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    This guy sucks! See some pros at volleyball1on1videos! Why!
    – he starts with his arms bent
    – You should use your arms! See what Logan Tom the #1 passer in the world has to say!
    – his feet, where do I start its so bad
    – who is this guy, why not listen to some pros!

  31. GNARLOUSE Posted on August 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    really helped!!!

  32. jessie112341 Posted on August 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

    @aithana05andcha03 it does

  33. SoccerHunni15 Posted on September 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    this guy looks like adam sandler. . . in gisguise. . .

  34. Nick Lewis Posted on October 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    @LovveBugs also, make a shrugging motion and keep yourself square to where you want the ball to go.

  35. lbieber5568 Posted on October 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    your rong u have to use your arms but are supposed to use ur legs like u said

  36. Nikhil Verma Posted on November 27, 2011 at 4:50 am

    you look like early man

  37. Yahya Mohamed Posted on November 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    comon guys he is doing well he is a coach he is right

  38. Blueberry1261 Posted on January 4, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Nice Green screen 🙂

  39. FrunnikV Posted on January 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Don't bow your arm when you get them together for the pass
    The most important thing to do: keep it calm

  40. Josh Kennedy Posted on March 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Hiiii Keith

  41. ashutosh rawat Posted on March 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    i have one question
    when every time i pass or shoot the opponent team says that i've HOLD the ball can you give me a tutorial how to leave this habit

  42. OtheloAl3x Posted on May 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    For everyone is good to swing your arms when u perform an pass, but if u swing them were someone attack u or serve on dont swing it because u will loose control the ball and u didn't pass good.

  43. mrjtodd23 Posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    You couldn't just talk in front of a volleyball court!!?!! You had to overlay yourself over a picture of one?!! Needless the say your credibility and was destroyed 1 second in…

  44. Mimar Maulana Yusup Posted on June 2, 2012 at 6:22 am


  45. Florin Pintican Posted on June 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

    if u want to start to play volleyball..dont listen this guy…just bullshit

  46. Amy Hunter Posted on July 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

    If you swing your arms on a hard hit or serve, then your arms wont necessarily line up with the ball will they… you'll most likely shank the pass…
    Keep your arms as still as you can, keeping your body behind the ball ('perfect pass,' sometimes you may need to reach to the side if you're unable to get there in time) and aim your arms where you want the pass to go.
    If it is a free ball then you may need to swing your arms slightly to get height on the ball to give a good pass to the setter..

  47. Ajmal Beg Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Your'e fucking right

  48. Sarah Snow Posted on August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    horrible green screen. he scares me.

  49. Sarah Snow Posted on August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    its, its.. very very.. im-important t-that you k-keep the platf-form..

  50. ripie schu Posted on August 8, 2012 at 3:15 am

    no no no no no no

  51. Tiffany Tillery Posted on August 24, 2012 at 12:25 am

    It was all help !

  52. Tiffany Tillery Posted on August 24, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Thanks .. Its Helping Alot ! Love It … Now I Know How To Pass Or Bump A Volleyball ! 🙂

  53. elainajulia3333 Posted on September 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Every thing about this video is wrong. You dont ever stand up. You stay low and cushion it. Please don't give advice if you don't know what your doing. 😪

  54. Sarah Leaf Posted on September 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

    dude he even SAID tht yur not supposed to swing yur arms

    i think this was a good tutorial thnx man

  55. Albert Nguyen Posted on November 14, 2012 at 5:10 am

    im 11 and i can play better ( im the setter)

  56. Wizards9517 Posted on November 30, 2012 at 3:51 am

    how do you bump the ball so that it doesnt hurt your arms?

  57. Faris Pezo Posted on December 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    go learn volleyball.

  58. Atheluin Posted on December 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    its training only, it will always hurt in the beginning
    if u play more often u will get used to it, otherwise it will always hurt if u play only one every 2months 🙂

  59. Marshal Tito Posted on December 14, 2012 at 3:25 am

    That guy is swinging his arms too much

  60. Anthony Davidson Posted on December 20, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I can pass better than that…….And I'm a middle

  61. KK2017T&F Posted on December 22, 2012 at 1:55 am

    is the ball suppose to hit 1 arm or both?

  62. felicia kaye Posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    wowww you stink…I'm better than u…and u an expert

  63. Rachel Reed Posted on January 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    me too! im a middle and im not a good passer . I dont have much practice but im pretty sure everyone can pass a freeball …. and better than this

  64. CorruptedNight Posted on February 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Tomorrow 2/5/13 is my VolleyBall Match Cassa vs Flamboyant (Yellow vs Red) House

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  66. Henri Mayes Posted on April 5, 2013 at 3:40 am

    just wanted to say thst when u pass ur not suppose to pop up ur suppose to shrug ur sholders and lean but no pop

  67. dan cole Posted on May 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    what are the legalities of bumping?

  68. Nicole O. Posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    ok yea right he has no idea what he is doing

  69. xxSkyLoverxxHolla Posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Hes praying -should be stiff all the way through

  70. powerplayer239 Posted on August 26, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I am starting volleyball and this really helps!

  71. Kierra Goodwin Posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks so much

  72. JJ 00 Posted on October 4, 2013 at 3:52 am

    you should probably learn how to pass before making an instructional video

  73. bigplot Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I tried to figure out how he is doing this with such a lightness, 
    but then I noticed it is in slow motion…

  74. Francisco Rivera Posted on March 31, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Trying out for volleyball team and this is really helpful, but I still can't pass or "bump" the ball in the direction I want it to go :/

  75. Jessica Lynn Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Don't stand up noob

  76. Violet Collier Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:15 am

    thanks for the tip

  77. glen coco Posted on September 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you!! This helped a lot! I never knew the leg was doing most of the 'moving' until now. Thanks, man!

  78. BananaJam Photography Posted on October 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    what are theses'

  79. agnes junio Posted on October 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

    thanks for the tip

  80. candynuble YT Posted on November 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

    thanks alot i was studying for my skill test and I hope i pass

  81. beethzart79 Posted on February 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you Keith.

  82. julia nguyen Posted on February 19, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Thanks Keith

  83. TheKeithvidz Posted on July 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    watching because i want to make a story based the doa v'ball game

  84. Joyce Lel Posted on August 26, 2016 at 4:05 am

    trying out for volleyball team ..wooow thanks …ihv learnt more

  85. Joyce Lel Posted on August 26, 2016 at 4:08 am

    hello somebody help me to say how ican join volleyball teams out there please guys

  86. 山崎明 Posted on September 1, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for the details!

  87. Ruby Trump Posted on September 3, 2016 at 1:55 am

    thank you so much now i know how to play and win in my vollyball turnament

  88. Dark -Greninja Posted on October 4, 2016 at 4:56 am

    thx. helped me on my homework. A.K.A was my homework to take notes on the vid.THX anyway.

  89. Nakka Purushotham Posted on February 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    thank sir

  90. Samih Qureshi Posted on October 4, 2017 at 3:46 am

    it looks like ur wearing airpods on ur right ear