Volleyball drills for attack / smash / spike / hitting

  • Everyone on one position, we don't play center.
  • Basically you play a small game, with only rallies.
  • At each round you walk the lines as an outside attacker, walk from the front of the net to the three meter line to defend the balls within the three meter.
  • At every rally that goes well over the net, you rotate one spot.

When playing pass mid:

  • Row of attackers on outside (left and right), and row in the middle
  • Row middle throws ball to SV
  • SV alternating set up to left and right
  • Attack, fetch ball and connect in the middle
  • If pass right, same but pass from right, attacking from mid and outside
  • Player saves
  • Reception is made --> pass given
  • Attack --> block/ defense
  • Turn through --> block stays for a moment (service - 1 - 6 - 5 - (reserve) - 4 - service)


  • Receptionists line up with 3 in the backfield.
  • From the other side there is a save, emphasis is on reception and attack, not difficult save.
  • Ball is played centrally to playmaker, pass goes to position 4 or 2.
  • After the attack move to the serve. First server replaces the player who took the reception.
  • Expansion :
    • Playmaker at the net in combination with opposit or central striker.


Improve displacement and foot coordination


Speed Ladder


First all exercises at low speed, then increase speed.

  • Various exercises speed ladder (can be done with ball)
  • After speed ladder shuffle exercise defend a ball
  • After speed ladder exercise attack the ball on the outside
  • After speed ladder exercise attacking a ball at the center
  • After speed ladder excercise a turnover ball
  • After speed ladder exercise block a ball
  • place 2 skirting boards.
  • start as low as possible (1 layer)
  • Skirting boards one 'attack run' apart.
  • if necessary put down hoops
  • they jump with 2 legs onthe first skirting and land with both handsup
  • off the skirting board and then an attack run on the 2nd skirting board
    • short, long, connect, drop off. (rhythm: 1....2.3)
    • Pay attention:
      • push off with 2 legs
      • arms swing backwards during the big step
  • finish on the skirting-board with both hands in the air (if necessary, clap your hands)
  • after that 2 block jumps at the net.
    • Pay attention to side steps
  • then around the pawn and trainer throws a diving ball
    • Watch out for sliding on the belly
    • Get the ball and put it in the bin.
    • Join the back of the line for jumping
  • 1 defender starts behind the back line
  • C plays high ball in the field
  • 1 comes in and plays overhead to S
  • S sets up backwards to 4
  • attack straight ahead, attacker gets the ball
  • 1 becomes attacker and 2 defender


VARIATION: attack on other position, with block, defense

  • A serves to B.
  • B passes the ball to the playmaker, who then plays a high ball into the backfield.
  • B defends this ball back to the playmaker, who then gives a setup for A.
  • A attacks this setup.
  • A lines up at the other side who defends the ball and has to score.

After the attack, A takes B's place and B becomes a reserve. The playmaker stays.

The outside attackers use the left half of the field with one playmaker. The middle attackers and diagonal attackers use the right half with another playmaker.


  • After the service, A takes a second ball.
  • After B's attack A throws this ball into the field.
  • B plays this ball to the playmaker, the playmaker gives a setup.
  • B attacks again.




  • Player A throws/strikes the ball towards player C.
  • Player C passes the ball to player B.
  • Player B sets up the ball.
  • Player C attacks if the pass was good.

Goal: Try to attack/play 3rd ball on the imaginary mats (straight or diagonal).

After each ball: A to row position C, C to row position A, B change after a while.

Extension: With enough players one-woman block.