Volleyball drills for block / net defense


Goal : develop game insight for attack

  • A1 plays the ball to SV. 
  • Sv set-up to pos.4 where A attacks. 
  • At the moment A attacks, A1 plays a second ball to SV. 
  • B & B1 take care of the block. (B1 always starts from pos.3), L defense. 
  • Second attack of A. place ball. L stands on a mat. Where L is not standing should be played to. 

We try to grow into a match form. Block gets points when attack can be stopped. Attack when scored or ball on the mat. Defender when defended. 


Purpose: peripheral view. 

  • C plays the ball to L. 
  • L plays the ball to pos 3/2 --> SV2
  • Meanwhile, B3 moves to pos 2 or 4. (draw. to 2)
  • SV2 setup to the pos. where there is only one block. 
  • C goes blocking 
  • A attacks.


  • T plays ball to SV1
  • SV1 setup to attacker where there are two blocks. 

Extension : field defense. 


Goal of the exercise is, the playmaker must try to make sure that on the other side of the net a double block can not be formed. 

  • T plays the balls at a high pace towards pos. 3.
  • SV walks in and gives set-up for -or backwards to fool the block. 
  • B tries to come to a drawbar block on attack.
  • SV passes around T after set-up. 
  • SV1 & 2 switch positions after each set-up. 

Expansion : 

  • Add field defense. (Liberos) 
  • B's play ball high back over to attacker passing towards pos 3/2
  • Exercise starts again from pass attacker. 
  • Split jump lunge is the volleyball exercise that offers a great way of strengthening glutes, quads and hips.
  • So, this exercise will have a huge positive impact on your vertical jump.
  • It’s worth noting that this exercise requires some balance as well as a lot of strength from a lower body.
  • It’s very important for you to take the right position before starting a split jump lunge.
  • You should keep your knee directly over your foot.
  • On the other hand, your knee shouldn’t go over your toe.
  • Then, you need to drop down into the lunge.
  • Now, it’s time for you to push both your feet simultaneously and switch legs.
  • Lastly, you should gently land on the floor keeping your feet wide.
  • You should also raise the opposite arm of your front leg while landing.

Agreements about blocking 

  • Always 2 blockers on the outside
  • Block left (outside) arm's length of the antenna (diagonal blocking)
  • Block right (diagonal) at the antenna (straight block)
  • This makes sure that position 1 (playmaker) can always be blocked, so no hard attack on position 1 is possible.
  • Block middle by 1 person, block on the ball.
  • The players are in a line at position 1.
  • The first makes a jump service (without ball), then runs diagonally to the net (position 4).
  • Here, he/she makes a block, shuffles backwards to the 3m line, and attacks.
  • Then, he/she shuffles to the middle and does the same. 
  • Keeps shuffling to the right and does the same here.
  • Makes a dive to position 1.


Feet work for block


Two (equal) players are across each other at the net. 


  • A player makes a low block movement, after landing a shuffle, steps to the right and takes the ball from across the net where the other player is holding the ball. Shuffle back and transfer the ball under the net to the other player.
  • Change every 5 balls
  • Each 2 series of 5 taking ball over the net

  • A player makes a low block movement, at landing weight more on left leg. Make a step to the right, join legs, and take the ball from other side net where the other player holds the ball up.
  • Change every 5 balls
  • Each 2 series of 5 taking ball over the net

It is not about the speed but about the movement and the right foot work!!

  • Have 3 players walk to net, make a block jump.
  • Then the players on position 3 and 4 quickly go to the 3m line, and the trainer throws a ball over the net which has to be passed to the player on position 2 (sv). 
  • You can still adjust by having the players first stand at the net and have them decide whether the ball should be blocked or defended.
  • after the task, 3 new players in the field.
  • Divide your players in pairs
  • Per pair 1 ball
  • One of the pair is at the net to make a block.
  • the other player is on the other side of the net with a ball. This player is at the 3m line and throws the ball over the net.
  • The player at the net tries to block the ball.
  • 20 balls, then change tasks.