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How to Volley a Volleyball


Volleyball is a team game that requires depth perception and hand-eye coordination. Whether on the beach or in the gym, volleyball is a highly active game good for your aerobic fitness. Practice volleying a ball by having a friend toss it to you from an increasing distance before hitting it over a net. To volley a ball, you must hit from your position either over the net or to a teammate.

The Bump

Step 1

Assume an athletic position, facing the direction from which the ball will come, feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, knees bent slightly and body leaning forward a bit.

Step 2

Watch the flight of the ball and move your feet to a position where the ball will start to fall in front of you.

Step 3

Position your arms so that they are stretched out in front of you, and the insides of your forearms and elbows facing up.

Step 4

Join your wrists together and clasp your hands together so that both of your thumbs are parallel to each other. Hold your hands in a loose fist, keeping the thumbs together.

Step 5

Prepare for the ball to hit anywhere on your forearms above the wrists. As you hit the ball back over the net or pass to a teammate, bend your knees to aid propulsion of the ball. The movement should be more of a whole body push rather than allowing the ball to smack your forearms.

The Set

Step 1

Position yourself under the ball as it comes to you.

Step 2

Place your hands above your forehead, palms facing up and fingertips in a loose claw shape.

Step 3

Bend your elbows and get ready to receive the ball.

Step 4

Thrust your palms and fingers up as the ball touches them, directing the ball either over the net or to a teammate.

Tip

  • Wear long sleeves while practicing your volley if you are concerned about bruising.