Volleyball drills for block / net defense

  • The trainer stands on a box at the other side of the net, and the players must try to block the ball one by one.
  • Step 1 is to explain when and why we block.
  • A big mistake during blocking is that players mostly look at the ball.
  • From the moment the ball leaves the distributor until it is hit by the attacker, they look at the ball.
  • However, most of the information can be obtained from the attacker.
  • Where is the ball going to be hit, how are the shoulders positioned?
  • The task is to teach the players to look at the attacker after they have seen which attacker is being served by the distributor.

In this exercise

  • The trainer stands behind the pair who are blocking.
  • The trainer throws the ball over the net and the attackers hit the ball.
  • This way the blocking players cannot follow the ball and have to look at the attacker.
  • Of course, the trainer can make further technical improvements here, such as
    • Position of the hands,
    • what to do after the block landing
    • and the way to land.
  • If the trainer wants to keep his or her hands free so that they can make technical improvements as the drill continues, either an attacker can throw the ball on one at a time, or the playmakers.

Variations are:

  1. only an outside block
  2. with a mid block
  3. also place attackers at the midposition

The important thing is that the players focuson the attacker.

  • Block with 2 teams,
  • One player on each side of the net.
  • One player plays a ball, just over the net.
  • The other must block it.
  • Pay attention to the position of the hands/fingers.
  • On the right, two players at the net,
  • behind them 1 player for the defense.
  • The 2 net players make a block move.
  • After coming down the coach plays a short ball to the blocker.
  • This ball must be played to the SV who will catch it overhand.
  • The SV then throws the ball into the ball carrier.
  • Defender goes in line for blocking.
  • Middle blocker becomes right blocker.
  • Right blocker becomes defense.
  • 2 players, 1 ball
  • net lower
  • 1 player plays the ball soft and short over the net
  • 1 player blocks
  • hands over the net -> ball down
  • 1 player is at the service of the blocker.
  • It is about the success of the blocker (possibly lower the net for smaller players).

* You divide your players into 2 pairs.

* Each pair 1 ball

One of the pair is standing at the net to make a block.

The other player stands on the opposite side of the net with a ball. The player stands on the three-meter line and throws the ball just over the net.

The player standing on the three-meter line throws the ball just over the net.

* 20 balls and then switch tasks.


* Divide the team into two rows.

The rows are formed next to each other on the 3 meter line.

The first one of each row walks to the net and blocks as synchronously as possible with the first one of the other row.

* The two each go the other outside and join there to make a block with the player waiting there.

The player on the outside joins the back of the line.

The player who came from the middle positions positions himself on the outside and makes a block with the next player from the middle.

* Divide the team over the net on both sides.

The captain blocks from his position.

Before the captain goes back down, the person to the left of the captain makes a block.

In this way, each player on the left will make a block and you will get a wave effect.


1 player with ball in the center of the field

Player 2 stat ready to block

  • Player 1 hits the ball and throws it high and such that it falls into the circle (center of the field)
  • Player 2 makes a block jump and immediately after that he defends the thrown ball of player 1.