Bumping is using an underhand pass (with your platform). This means that you are hitting the ball from the underside with folded hands. The goal is to push the ball up in the air so that other players have more time to run around. It is a skill that can be used in attack and defense. A good bump is effective and easy to do. It is also popular, especially in beach volleyball. The terms bump and dig are often used interchangeably.
The purpose of bumping a volleyball
There are a few purposes of a bump in volleyball.
The first and most common purpose is to pass the ball to a team member. Given that the ball goes high in the air, they have some time to move around and catch the ball.
Another purpose of a bump is to keep the ball in play if it is arriving quite low. If you’re at the net and the ball is coming towards you, you can try to bump it instead of hitting it directly. Bumping keeps the ball in play and gives your team another chance at hitting it.
How to bump a volleyball: technique
There are several ways to bump a volleyball, but let’s focus on three common ways.
- The first common way is a power bump, a quick and powerful jump. With a power bump, you hit the ball as hard as possible. The shortcoming of this method is that it is not very precise and you can even hit the net with the ball.
- The second common way is placement bump, which means you are trying to aim it more precisely. The placement bump is much more accurate than the power bump.
There is no one right way to bump a volleyball. Your height and angle of approach, as well as the speed at which you move, will all depend on the situation and your opponent’s position.
However, here are some secrets for bumping a volleyball:
1) Approach the ball from below, and aim to make contact with the ball in its “sweet spot.” This will help ensure that the ball goes up rather than out.
2) Use your hands and arms to direct the ball upwards, keeping your shoulders down and body straight.
3) Bend your knees as you contact the ball to generate power and give it some extra height.
The benefits of bumping in volleyball
The benefits of bumping in volleyball include:
1. It keeps the ball in play, which allows your team to keep scoring points.
2. It can surprise the other team as the ball is moving very fast.
3. It helps your team maintain control over the ball if the bump is executed properly. It can be quite challenging to do so, especially if the ball is far away. In that case, you might have to dive or pancake.
When to use a bump in volleyball
You should use a bump when:
-The ball is coming at you too fast to set
-You want to play a shorter distance ball
-You are in a tight space (close to the net) and don’t have time set
You can bump the ball from anywhere on the court as long as you don’t go beyond the baseline. The player that received the ball can set or spike it (if there are still passes left in the rally). You can use a bump to attack and push the ball over the net but it is not that common because you don’t aim the ball downwards. This gives the defenders more time to catch the ball and makes the attack less effective.
Tips for improving your bumping skills
Bumping is also often used in beach volleyball as there are fewer players on the court. This gives your partner more time to move. Let’s take a look at how this is done:
Becoming an expert in bumping is an art. It is not an easy task to do. The best way to improve your bumping skill is to put effort into it. It has also been seen that since you have to put in effort and quality time, you can easily get addicted to it. This can help you get better at it eventually.
Another way to improve is to practice with other players. You can share your experience and skills with them. You can also learn from those who are better than you. It would be best if you kept working on your techniques as well.
1. Prepare your body for contact. Start by doing light bouncing exercises and jumping drills to get your body ready for the impact.
2. Bend your knees when you jump. This will help absorb the other player’s bump shock and keep you from getting injured.
3. Use your hands. When you contact the ball, use both of your hands to control its direction and speed. Always keep your platform ready. A lot of players get overwhelmed and stop using their platform. You need to make sure that you always keep it ready so that you can swing it if needed. Even if you have to pancake, it is great to have your hands in the folded position. You can stretch them out at the last moment.
5. Stay calm and focused. The more relaxed you are, the better your bumping skills will be. This can take quite some practice as receiving a ball can be quite intense.
6. Use your whole body. Don’t just focus on your arms and fists. Use your hips, shoulders, and feet to generate power and momentum.
7. Bump with intention. Pay attention to what you’re trying to achieve with each bump and use that as your focus point. Know where you want to send the ball towards. A lot of people just randomly bump without looking at the position of their team members.
To conclude, we can say that a bump has its place in a volleyball match. It is great if you want to push the ball upwards. This gives your team members more time to react. Be sure to use your platform when you bump. Bump, set, spike!