You have successfully trapped the ball or fended off the first attack. Now it is time to build up your counterattack. A successful pass is essential for this. Different techniques are allowed in beach volleyball.

Forearm pass

The forearm pass is the easiest and safest way to pass. The posture is similar to the frontal trap. Forming a surface as flat as possible with your arms is crucial to be able to play the ball purposefully. Since you play beach volleyball in the sand, players frequently dive for the balls and try to pass them with a forearm pass. Players usually use the forearm pass when the ball is below the chest.


If you want to take the ball above your head and pass it to your team-mate, you can set it. To play the ball in a controlled manner, you have to form a bowl with your hands. You only play the ball with your fingertips and from the wrists. The ball must touch all your fingers at the same time, or you will not be able to control it properly and have an increased risk of injury.

By the way:

In beach volleyball, it is only allowed to play the ball into the opponent's half of the court if the ball is played clean and at right angles to the shoulder axis. Since this is often difficult for inexperienced players and referees to decide correctly, playing the ball into the opponent's half using a set is usually considered a mistake in lower performance classes.

There is another variety of set, the set over the head or the pass backward. The technique is similar to a standard set, except that you play the ball backward and are therefore a little more underneath it.

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