Outside hitters have many jobs to do. Because of good footwork, the best outside hitters are able to do all their jobs well. Jim Stone covers the two most important footwork patterns for the outside hitter:
- Transition from serve receive passing: Three shuffles to the outside of the pin, then a four step approach to the ball (right-left-right-left). Outside hitters must master this footwork pattern if they're asked to pass in rotation.
- Transition from blocking or from digging the sharp angle: Drop step, crossover, hop and a 3-step approach to the ball.