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

  • Attacker plays ball to playmaker, 
  • pass and attack over position 4 has to be dropped 
  • at position 3 or technically attacked to the attacker at position 4. 
  • Ball is defended and repeated at the other side of the field. 
  • Ball has to go 3x over the net before you can score

Goal of the exercise:
process 2 balls quickly and having to score

Explanation of the exercise:

  • Passer and playmaker and attacker all three process 2 balls shortly after each other. 
  • Passer learns to pass a deepball diagonally backward and a short immediate after (learns to make large angles) the playmaker has to look for the next ball immediately after the first set up. 
  • The attacker has to go to the back as soon as possible after landing to make another attack. 
  • As trainer, you can indicate where the balls have to be hit, or the tempo of the set ups, or that the passer has to do attack defense after the first pass and then pass the 2nd ball

  • Length of the exercise:
    15 minutes.


  • three defenders in the field
  • One person who catches
  • rest: serving
  • serve quickly after each other 
  • every person in the field has to bring 10 perfect receptions to the catcher
  • catcher decides whether reception is good
  • when a defender has done 10 perfect receptions, he becomes catcher, and the catcher is going to serve 


Improve reaction and speed


Repetition:In total, do 5 series of 10 balls. 


  • Players 1, 2, and 3 with ball in half circle. 
  • Player 4 before the 3 players with ball.
  • Player 5 indicates, behind the back of player 4, which player has to let go of his ball
  • Everybody 10 balls. Person with the most saves wins the game.
  • Player 5 picks up balls if necessary and keeps count 


  • 3 to 4 players per side, positions: 4, 5 and a playmaker (if sufficient players, also defend on position 6 and 1) 
  • pass ball around
  • defend to playmaker, set up to position 4
  • pass to other players
  • after every ball that is too high, rotate position
  • start calmly with technical hit, and if this works, increase speed and difficulty.
  • communication is important so speak to each other and help each other if necessary. 
  • The purpose of the game is cooperation, and the emphasis is not on scoring.
  • Team of both sides field end line.
  •  enter the field in pairs. 
  • Trainer brings ball into the field and pairs have to try underhand to score with the other pair 
  • Winning the pair remains and lost pair joins the back of the line. 
  • Team with the least balls on the ground wins. 

To make sure that players learn to play in a rhythm, the ball has to be under way for 2 seconds each time (21-22). 

  • All players will try to play synchronously at the same time.
  • This starts with overarm.
  • The next form is that the player in the back field is going to play underhand and the player on the net overarm.
  • In this way it can be extended.

he most important thing is that the players keep the ball in the air for 2 counts.


See picture. Each trio 2 balls. 2 players at the net number of meters from each other, other player in the back field.

  • Exercise 1: Players rapidly throw in turns, player in the back field returns ball underhand.
  • First ball is deep, 2nd ball is short
  • Exercise 3: Throwers increase their distance apart and throw straight: player with ball at the side line throws deep, other short . 

Change places after x number of balls or after a certain time.


Per 3: 1 person at the net, 1 person on the end line, 1 person in between  ;

  • Person in between is going to work each time, gets the ball from person at the net, underhand back. Turns backwards after few steps, ball from end line, underhand back. Turn back and repeat (20x reception)
  • Can be thrown or hit

Per 2: 1 person at the net and 1 person on 3 meter line.

  • Ball is thrown from the net to 3 meter line, overarm back. 
  • Move backwards, and ball is hit to end line, overarm back
  • End line is tagged by this player, person at the net lets the ball drop. Dive after 1 collision