FIVB Beach Volleyball Drill-book - page 41

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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
THE PASS
Passing is arguably the most important skill in Beach Volleyball, as it sets up the play for the
team receiving the ball. If your pass is bad you start at a deficit from which it is hard to recover.
The key to passing is to be able to pass a ball so that it can be set easily by your playing
partner.
For those athletes transitioning from indoors to the beach the major difference is that in beach
the ball not passed to position 2 ½. On the beach the ball should be passed to a position that is
relative to where the pass was made. (Often referred to as the moving triangle theory of
passing) The general rule is that the ball should be passed to a position forward and slightly
towards the middle of the court. If however the ball is passed from the middle of the court the
ball should be directed in a straight line towards the net.
Be aware that the wind is likely to create more movement than you are used to indoors. As the
wind gets stronger you want to pass the ball lower – in fact in some cases when there is a very
strong wind you should try to keep the ball as low as possible off the serve - your partner may
not be able to hand set the ball but a bump set is a better option in these conditions. If there is
no wind you can push the ball further up towards the net which will help create a better set by
making it easier for the setter as they can see the net in their peripheral vision.
Always keep in mind that a lower stance allows you a greater ability to adjust at the last second.
Where you stand to receive serve depends on a number of factors and will vary slightly every
serve but a basic rule of thumb is to stand slightly towards the back of the court with each
athlete covering roughly half the court. Normally each athlete is responsible for approximately
half the court and the athlete that is diagonal from the server calls the serve and is responsible
for the middle area.
Position yourself deeper rather than closer to the net when receiving the serve to avoid being
forced to make an overhead pass from the opponents serve. Standing further up is ok indoors
but dangerous on the sand. If for some reason you find the ball high it will be necessary to adopt
a tomahawk technique to play the ball as you cannot play the ball with the fingers.
Remember to talk to your playing partner!!! Keeping the pass between you and your partner. As
the wind picks up, keep the ball low and always move to the ball with your arms apart!
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