Volleyball drills for attack / smash / spike / hitting

  • 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.

Offence passes including arm movement
: practise dry-
with a skipping rope on the floor-
with 2 mats with a ditch-
with a springboard-
with a landing mat-
over a mat-


3 hoops

  • 2 setuppers (1 on each side)
  • Player behind you throws/plays to
  • Take your own ball
  • join the other row

Attacking at position 4, blocking at pos 2 on the other side (if there are enough players also blocking at pos 3), defending at pos 1 and 6. After defending, the ball is caught by the blocker.

  • 1 sv
  • Defenders remain standing
  • Attacker becomes a blocker on pos. 2, if also a blocker on pos. 3, the blocker stays standing.
  • After 5 minutes the defenders (and blockers) change.
  • Attack at pos. 2 and 3, blocking at pos. 3 and 4 (if 1 blocker stands where the attack is going on), defence at pos. 5 and 6.

  • One player at the net.
  • Everyone has a ball and the one in front has no ball.
  • The ball is played to you by the person behind you.
  • The distributor gives a setup to the outside and later also to the middle.
  • 3 players in the backfield on both sides of the net.
  • SV on both sides of the net.
  • 3 reserve players on either side of the net.
    1. Service,
    2. Reception,
    3. T.A. or FB SV to non-receptionist,
    4. Defense,
    5. pass,
    6. 3-m attack to player who has not yet made a touch. (These 3 players go off the field and are replaced by the 3 backup players).
    7. Team on other side does defense and proceeds analogously as above.
  • three defenders and one playmaker in the field
  • three (or more) players stand ready as reserves behind the backline (in front of the three field players)
  • rest: serve
  • one of the three fielders defends, passes to a random field player, other field players make attacking movement
  • only the fielder who has attacked moves up to serve
  • one of the reserve players fills the vacant fielder's spot
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