Volleyball drills for attack / smash / spike / hitting



  • Trainer with ball carrier at position 5/6.
  • Players at 5 and other field also at 5 with 2 reserves.


  • Trainer throws up the ball and the player hits that ball to position 5 on the other field.
  • Player there passes the ball and the attacker tries to catch the ball.
  • Passer joins behind with "attackers" and reserve becomes passer.
  • "Attacker" becomes reserve.
  • Organization
    :Make trios.
    1 trio is on field A and 1 trio on field
    B. On both fields one trio is on reserve

  • Execution
    :Tr. "serves" the ball to field A: pass-set-up-attackOn
    field B the ball is defended and caught in max 3 contactsBall
    is placed in the ball pitAfter
    the service pass the trio runs on to field B and becomes a reserveThe
    trio on field A becomes a reserve on field A.
    Immediately after the action the reserve trios enter the field.

  • Expanding
    : Now 2 trios on field
    BLoop becomes: fitting trio becomes blocking trioBlocking
    trio becomes defending trioThe
    defending trio becomes reserve on field
    AThe reserve on field A passes and attacks

  • 2 trios, 1 on the service field and the other on the other side.
  • Service, pass and attack on 3m (out of position).
  • Defend and play with only 3m attacks.
  • In case of more than one trio, rotate through.
  • It is possible to have a reserve trio on each court.
  • Organization
    • Ladder exercise.
    • Sideways movement to between pos. 4 and 5, body turns towards attacker.
    • Defence on attack.
  • Variant ladder exercise:
  • Variant:
    • After defence, passer sets ball to pos 4 + attack.
    • Pass can also go to blue player (attacker), white player then gets another free ball, on which she definitely gets the pass.
    • After defence, the passer can play a move ball to either the white or the blue player, then pass to one of the two.
    • Turn over:
      • Defence => attack => ladder
      • At least 2 reserve players on ladder and attack.
      • In case of more players: add a block.

  • Organization:
    • 6 players per field.
    • 2 on each side of the net in position 1.
    • Pass to 5 or 6, build up and pass the ball to the server.
    • The server defends to position 6, who executes the first contact, and the previous server sets the ball to position 2, the defence player.
    • As long as there are 2 balls, keep going, if 1 is dropped, go for the point.
  • Find out what the players can do.
  • Organization:
    • On field A 2 persons without the ball. 1 at the net and 1 at 3m. at position 4 and a SV at 2/3.
    • Further on field A a row with ball on 6.
    • On field B a defender on 6 and 5.
    • Defending and (for now) catching and connecting on field A.
  • Method of working:
    • Player on 6 throws/plays the ball to SV.
    • At the moment of set-up the player at 4 moves backwards at the net (a C-run) and attacks the passed ball.
    • Both SV and player give attacking cover.
    • The attacker takes the place of the passer.
    • Later move attack to 3 and defenders to 1 and 5.
  • Objective:
    • To prevent miscommunication in the field by keeping appointments.
  • Part:
    • Pass setup with 4 passers.
    • Left hand rule everything that comes right in front and left of you is yours.
    • In addition, the outside passers have the short balls that fall in the middle of the field.
    • Trainer stands at the other side of the net and starts throwing balls at conflicting places.
    • If this goes well, the trainer will hit the balls.
    • On the place of the defender there is a catcher who will be relieved after 3 minutes.
  • Part 2:
    • There is a five-man line-up.
    • So a playmaker, a center, a slide and 2 passers/runners.
    • The playmaker comes from the right back.
    • On the other side are 3 blockers and 1 defender.
    • The coach serves to the fivesome.
    • The playmaker of the fivesome is only allowed to pass to the attackers who are calling for the ball.(Goal: everyone asks for the ball)
    • The rally is played out.
  • The attack takes place on the position [2] at the net and [1] and [6] over the 3-meter.
  • The libero always comes from position [5] to take over the Sv. (for instance because the playmaker in the rally took care of the pass) and to take care of the set-up.
  • The 'pass' is introduced by the trainer at the height of the 3-meter at position [5].
  • If the libero stays outside the 3-meter he may provide the set-up overhand, otherwise only underhand.
  • Goal
  • Training 3-meter offense and defense.
  • Handling hard balls by the defense.
  • The exercise
  • There are two teams facing each other.
  • The teams are balanced in numbers as much as possible.
  • The trainer introduces the first ball so that a back player can immediately (with pressure) execute a 3-meter attack, after that the rally is free.
  • The team that wins the rally then receives the first ball from the trainer.
  • If there are 8 players or less, only attacks from behind the 3-meter, with more players it can be chosen to place players at the net or to make it a King's Court exercise. (The losing side rotates out of the court; all attacks then continue to come from behind the 3-meter).