How to Do a Pancake in Volleyball

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"A pancake, in addition to being a great breakfast food, is when you dive for a shot, lay yourself flat on the ground, and use the back of your hand to dig a spike," says Rob Heidger, pro beach volleyball player.

Things You'll Need

  • Volleyball Boundary Sets
  • Volleyball Net Systems
  • Volleyballs
  • React to the hit with a burst of speed.

  • Lay your body out laterally and outstretch your hand.

  • Spread your fingers out wide and lay your hand flat on the ground, palm down.

  • Time your dive so that you arrive before the ball and it bounces up off the back of your hand.

  • Hop up quickly to hammer the set.

Tips & Warnings

  • "A pancake is a last-ditch effort when you're too late to do a proper dig or bump pass," says Heidger. "It's usually done indoors, because it's tougher to do on the uneven sand surface."
  • Before playing, take off any rings that might deflect the ball in an unexpected direction.
  • Heidger and his teammate, Kevin Wong, are the top-ranked U.S. men's doubles team in beach volleyball. They competed together in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

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