Volleyball drills for all skills


  • Trainer throws 10 difficult balls,
  • player defends.
  • The rest of the team takes care of the balls.

3 players at the net.

  • 1st player throws the ball into the net.
  • 2nd player defends this ball underhand and plays the ball high up.
  • 3rd player catches this ball. Player 1 and 3 alternate.
  • After some time continue to turn position.


switching-from-defence-to-attack- C attacks diagonally on 3 and 4

- 1 and 2 after block attack

- 3 and 4 defend, playmaker comes in

- set-up to 1,2 or 3, attack to 3 defenders.

- These defend for themselves and put the ball in the box.

  • All get a ball and dribble down the hall.
  • On the sign of the coach:
    • Dribble only with the right hand
    • Dribble only with the left foot
    • Stand still with right foot in front and dribble left
    • Contra dribble and then sit down and stand up again while dribbling

Tapped out? Get changed and see you next week!

  • If volleyball players feel they are starting the attacking pass too early,
  • or the coach feels the attackers are coming too early, this is a good drill.

  • The playmaker is put down with a ball carrier.
  • He gets the assignment to play 5 or less times for himself.
  • The attackers do not know how many times this will happen, so they can only leave when the set-up is given, not before.
  • The attackers will have to come in more aggressively and will build up more speed and thus more height, provided they have a good brake pass.
  • If this goes well, the trainer can decide to move the playmaker closer to the attackers, so that the distance the set-upper has to travel is shortened.
  • This should make the attackers even more alert.


  • A big mistake during blocking is that players mostly look at the ball.
  • From the moment the ball leaves the distributor until it is hit by the attacker, they look at the ball.
  • However, most of the information can be obtained from the attacker.
  • Where is the ball going to be hit, how are the shoulders positioned?
  • The task is to teach the players to look at the attacker after they have seen which attacker is being served by the distributor.

In this exercise

  • The trainer stands behind the pair who are blocking.
  • The trainer throws the ball over the net and the attackers hit the ball.
  • This way the blocking players cannot follow the ball and have to look at the attacker.
  • Of course, the trainer can make further technical improvements here, such as
    • Position of the hands,
    • what to do after the block landing
    • and the way to land.
  • If the trainer wants to keep his or her hands free so that they can make technical improvements as the drill continues, either an attacker can throw the ball on one at a time, or the playmakers.

Variations are:

  1. only an outside block
  2. with a mid block
  3. also place attackers at the midposition

The important thing is that the players focuson the attacker.

To make the abdominal exercises more fun, I sometimes do the following exercise.

  • Have two players sit on the ground at about 2 meters from each other and let them pass the ball overhead.
  • Every time they play the ball they have to move their backs back towards the ground and come back up with their abdominal muscles when the ball is played to them again.
  • This will not always be a perfect game, but that is a good thing
  • If they have to play the ball next to them, they will also immediately use the oblique abdominal muscles
  • Make sure that you have some balls in your hand to give to them immediately when the ball rolls away, otherwise the intensity is too low.


  • 2 groups 1 ball :
  • 3 meter attack with defense
  • 1 serve, pass to SV
  • SV set-up at 3 meter on one of the passers
    • idem other side
  • rally
  • serve from the side where the ball hit the ground


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