Volleyball drills for block / net defense

  • 2 rows behind the back line.
  • First 2 stand in the field.
  • Trainer brings in ball.
  • Pass left player towards position 2/3 then setup of right player.
  • The passer goes to attack on own side of the court.
  • The setupper does attack coverage.
  • The two teams rotate to form a new pair.
  • Extension: There are now 2 attackers at the net.
  • The rest do exactly the same as before.
  • Attackers come back from the net after the coach has brought in the ball.
  • The setup always goes to the opposite corner from the set-upper.
  • Pass from the right back, then left back setup on the right front.
  • Set-upper covers and takes the place of the attacker.
  • The passer remains standing and so does the non-offending player.
  • switching-from-defence-to-attack-2
  • C attacks diagonally on 3 and 4- 1 and 2 after the 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.
  • C throws a ball to A or B
  • Set up a block on that side
  • Pass the ball over the block to the defence
  • Build up an attack on the middle
  • Change after 10 balls
  • Variation: attacking outside or behind


  • 3 x 3.
  • a trio at the net
  • a trio in the backfield
  • a threesome other side of the net
  • - 1. exercise to improve block: three at this side of the net throws the ball to SV, who plays the ball to the trainer in front left 4.
  • Trainer smashes ball against block
  • other side of the net must take care of the good running line.
  • Defender must connect left or right.
  • Left players must block together, right players must take the ball.
  • The 3 in the backfield also take care of the good running line.
  • Libero covers the block.
  • After 3 repetitions the group changes, after 9 repetitions the whole group changes.
  • Split the group into pairs.
  • The pairs will work through a number of stations, where different tasks have to be performed.
  • Station 1: A slalom through several poles, with an underhand pass at the end of the slalom.
  • Move as fast as possible between the poles.
  • Station 2: One player lies down on the backline, while the other stands at the net with the ball.
  • Player at the net hits the ball.
  • Player in the backfield then stands up, and defends a hit ball at 7 meters, or a prik ball at the 3 meter.
  • Station 3: Player stands in front of a trampoline, behind player 1 stands a second player with 2 tennis balls.
  • One tennis ball is thrown into the trampoline, player 1 catches it before it hits the ground.
  • The second tennisball is thrown quickly after it.
  • Station 4: Simple, good block jumps, paying attention to the technique.
  • Station 5: Reflex training: player stands with arms outstretched, a ball in each hand.
  • Player 2 faces the other player, and reacts to the release of one of the balls.
  • Do not make the distance between players too great to begin with.
  • Each station has a working time of 1 minute.
  • The ball is passed in the middle, after playing it, the player blocks it 2x, after that around the pylon play again
  • On one side you attack with three attackers, on the other side you defend.
  • Trainer throws balls for the playmaker
  • Cabinet part at good height.
  • Push off with 2 feet and jump to the back of the box.
  • Variation: after jumping backwards, to pass the attack ball.
  • Variation: after jumping from the box, block on smash, backwards to pass the attacking ball.
  • Pairs stand on 2 and 3.
  • First a block single (pay attention, after block jump down and back, for defense), then calmly back to the net, then second jump together on 2, so 3 connects.
  • Then connect under the net, group.
  • Other side the same, only trainer smashed against the block at second jump.