A pass is used to direct the ball, where the setter will set the ball to one of the hitters; the same skill is called digging when you're receiving a spike. Passing is, by far, the most important skill in volleyball because it keeps your opponent from scoring easy points with service aces, and it is the foundation of a strong offense. When passing, you should be in a relatively medium body position. Your knees and back are bent, but not uncomfortably so. Prepare to move to the ball by placing your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and having your weight on the balls of your feet. .

In volleyball there are five basic skills, passing/bumping/digging, setting, serving, spiking/attacking, and blocking. .

As you get in position to pass the ball, create a passing platform with your forearms. To do this, keep your arms straight as you bring them together and align your thumbshafts. What you do with your hands -- one fist inside the other, one hand laying flat on the other, interlacing your fingers, etc. -- really doesn't matter so long as your thumbshafts are even and pointed toward the floor. .

Setting .

Setting is usually the second contact on your side of the net. It is the two-handed above-the-head motion used to place the ball close to the net so a hitter can attack it into the opponent's court. Setting involves simply letting the ball fall into your hands, directly above your forehead, and push it back into the air. To set the ball cleanly, you must sprint to where the ball is falling that it will land directly on your forehead. Turn your feet, hips, and shoulders in the direction you intend to set the ball; that is, don't face the direction the ball is coming from. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, with your right foot 3 or 4 in front of your left and your weight on your left foot. Keep your knees slightly bent and your back straight. Raise your hands to your forehead. As you wait for the ball to fall to you, your arm and hand position is extremely important.