Volleyball drills for defense / passing / digging / diving / reception

  • Play the ball for yourself overhead,
  • if it goes well, only do it underhand,
  • and later on alternate
  • 4 gives setup on 1 and 1 plays BH to 2. 2 defends to 3,
  • 3 sets up 2 and 2 plays BH to 1,
  • 1 defends on 4 and it starts all over again.

  • After 3 and 4 have given 5 setups they are exchanged,
  • The challenge is to do this while keeping the ball in play.
  • If this goes well the team will attack technically instead of playing BH.


  • 3 teams,
    • 2 with ball at the net,
    • 1 without ball at the backline flat on belly.
  • Net player 1 hits ball, defender stands up and defends attack at about 6 meters,
    • Afterwards short ball on 3 meter by net player 2.
  • Repeat 2 series of 20 balls (so 10x attack and 10x short).

In pairs

  • 1 with ball on the backline
  • 1 without ball at the net facing the net
  • make a block jump at the net (pay attention to a straight landing)
  • after landing, turn around and defend short ball on 6m line

Per 3: 1 person at the net, 1 person on the back line, 1 person in between.

  • Person in between goes to work, gets ball from person at the net, OH back. Turns around a few steps backwards, ball from back line, OH back. Turn back around and repeat (20x reception).
  • Can be with or without stroke.

In pairs: 1 person at the net and 1 person on 3 meter line.

  • Ball is tested from the net to 3 meter line, BH back.
  • Move backwards and ball is hit to backline can also be a touch, OH back
  • Back line is tapped by this player, person at the net plays the ball back to the 3 meter line with 1 control key (20x change)

Place the thick mat against the net (for large groups, 2 mats).

  1. The attackers must hit their attack against the thick mat. The defenders should be behind the attacker to defend the ball.
  2. The attacker "pokes" the ball over the block. The defence passes the ball to themselves

  • Teams of 3 or 4 players.
  • One team on each side of the net.
  • One court is the winners court (Kings Court).
  • From the other court is served.
  • The team that wins the point goes to, or stays on, the winners court.
  • The losing team leaves the court and is replaced by a new team who will also serve.
  • (be ready with a ball !).
  • Only self made points from Kings Court count.
  • exercise in pairs
  • one player has a cone in his hands,
  • the other player has a tennis ball,
  • both players stand at 4m from each other and the tennis ball is thrown over.
  • The intention is that the person with the cone then catches the tennis ball in the cone,
  • This player also adopts a correct position to play reception,
  • the throwing of the ball can be varied:
    • underhand
    • overhand
    • with bots
    • left or right of the player
  • 3 attackers at the net, rest at the backline
  • Attack, drop, attack => drop, attack, drop
  • slalom between the posts and connecting again
  • each 5 times
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