Volleyball: Passing Skills

Volleyball: Passing Skills

State Standard: 1, 3, 4, & 5

Equipment: Volleyball per pair of students
Grade: 3+
Purpose of Event: Learning correct passing form (volleyball).
Time: 10-15 minutes


  • Interlock           Looks like your praying with fingers intertwined
  • Overlap            One hand on top of other, thumbs side by side

Body: Loaded Position:

 Low, knees bent, shoulders over feet, right foot in front, arms extended out

 Back is straight


Contact is made with the forearms not the thumbs or bicep

Contact is made when body is in loaded position


  • Toss (throw) to partner who is on knee; Partner on knee will catch the ball with arms extended (10X’s)
  • **Toss should be with 2 hands and under control (rainbow)
  • Toss to partner on knee and pass back (10X’s)
  • Switch and repeat
  • Standing
  • Toss to partner who is standing they will catch the ball with arms extended (10X’s)
  • Toss to partner who is standing and pass back (10X’s)
  • Switch and repeat
  • Pass Continuously back and forth UNDER CONTROL
  • Start each time with a toss to your partner
  • May touch floor after each pass
  • Count how many passes you make


  • Cooperative Wall Volley
  • Groups of 3-4 and one ball
  • Pass ball against a wall, then go to the end of the line
  • The next person must pass the ball back to the wall after the ball bounces ONCE on the floor
  • Then eliminate the bounce
  • Continuous Passing
  • Groups of 3-4 and one ball
  • 2 lines facing each other and pass and run to opposite line

Cue Words: Contact in LOW Zone, Back Flat, Move to target, “I

  1. Start this progression on the floor, with a partner.  One person (passer) sits with the right knee down on the floor, and left foot flat on the floor.   Belly Button pointing down allowing the back to be FLAT, arms extended out, but not together, eyes on the ball. The other partner (tosser) stands about 5-7’ away from passer and does a nice easy “rainbow” toss to the passer. 
  2. The passer CATCHES the ball 20-40 times before they actually pass the ball.  Don’t forget to switch after each step, allowing both players to be the passer.  First catch on knee, then pass from knee, then catch standing, and pass standing. Again, doing each 20-40 times.
  3. Hands: DO NOT allow them to Interlock (pray) or One Fist and Wrap, they allow for too many errors and uncontrolled passes.  I want both hands flat (Over lapping), one on top of other, and thumbs folded over (together), if you aren’t sure what this looks like, or why I prefer this, please Ask.  Thumbs should be pointed down to make a nice PLATFORM for the ball to contact.  Contact with the arms should be made just above the wrists and below the elbows on the forearms.
  4. LOOK the ball into the platform and back at the target.
  5. Move both feet to the ball, if one foot goes the other must move also, Call the ball, Say “I”
  6. Contact with ball should be made in LOW Zone,  as low as you can be and still be balanced, do NOT stand up to get the ball.  (About knee level)
  7. Corrections to watch for:  Contact standing up, Contact too high on arms (Move feet back to correct), Contact too low/on thumbs (Move feet forward to correct).
Concerns: Make students are not hitting the volleyball as high as the can in the air. Working together; being good teammates.
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Greetings from Garfield Elementary School! My name is Dan Kirsch. I teach Physical Education for students in grades K-5! Please read about what students are learning within our Physical Education program at Garfield!!

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