Volleyball drills for general

In beach volleyball, learn to set and play compactly.

  • 1 player at the net as attacker.
  • 1 player in defense (line).
  • The other players take turns to give a set on defense.
  • After their set they go back to the back of the line.
The coach pays attention to the following
  • That the defense brings the ball in compactly.
  • That the setters distribute the ball to the attacker with the right footwork, hand technique and height.
  • They also have to bring their set to the right hand of the attacker.

  • Coach stands in the middle, right at the net.
  • Three players are standing in the field.
  • Trainer throws/plays the ball to the players.
  • It does not matter how they do it, but the ball must get to the trainer.
  • Trainer may not take more than one step to get the ball.
  • The ball can also be played to the trainer in two or three times.
  • When there are 7 or more players the same thing can be done at the other side, but then instead of a trainer there is a player at the net.
  • It is important to make sure that the ball is passed to the trainer.
  • If there are extra players, someone can stand in the queue.
  • If the ball falls to the ground, the substitute will take that spot. (In the case of a large difference in level of play the substitution can be made as well).
  • Per person 2 balls
    • One ball between the legs/under the arm, other in two hands on a side of choice, throw ball straight up and catch with two hands
    • When the ball is up on one side, throw the other ball up on the other side.
    • Keep arms straight, throw as much as possible straight up

  • Pairs 2 balls.
    • One person throws a ball straight to the other person
    • Meanwhile the other person throws his ball straight up and throws it back.
    • Then catch your own ball


  • The purpose of the exercise is to train the defender A in his reaction ability as well as to work together in handling the ball.
  • Important for this exercise:
    • EVERYTHING is touche!
  • The ball that is played/tossed by the trainer (high and far; not hit!) is allowed to come well outside the lines, because the ball must be handled as if it jumped off the block.
  • A. stands with his back to the net and concentrates on the defenders B/C.
  • If the ball is played by T/Sv. then either B or C demands the ball ("LOS!") and moves to play the ball.
  • A. sprints after B/C and offers himself vocally ("HERE!").
  • B/C must be able to hear where A is before playing the ball.
  • B/C plays the ball high to A and A plays the ball well inside the 3-metre box. T./Sv. makes the catch.
  • If there are 8 or more players, this exercise can be done at both ends; if there are less than 8 players, it is played at one end and B/C rotate with players waiting outside the lines.
  • In that case, work at a high tempo so that nobody stands still for too long.
  • A. changes after 5 or 10 balls; every player takes the position A. twice.
  • NOTE: The exercise goes at a high tempo!
  • When A. has handled the ball, the next ball follows immediately.
  • It is up to the player turning in the ball to get in position in time!
  • Expansion:
    • Place a basket on a spot of your choice within the 3-meter section.
    • The second ball must touch the basket (top) or go through the basket.
  • T strikes ball to libero, 2 attackers start at the net.
  • Pass, set-up and attack on position 3 or 4.
  • Blocking:
    • Outside, inside hand on ball, center joins in.
    • Centre blocks with emphasis on shielding position 1/2.
    • Then service (float) to position 1.
  • Variant:
    • Attack on positions 2 and 3 and service to position 5.
  • In 2 pairs with 2 balls, do everything 8 times.
  • Out of the neck, right, left, hit, OH, BH in 2x. (Penalty if ball on the ground)
  • Next:
    • Roll ball over from behind between the legs and stay low, keep moving sideways
    • (1 ball) Mirroring sideways with 1 ball in left and 1 ball in right hand, pick up ball from floor.

  • Goal of the exercise:
    • To focus, communicate, master the task and persevere.
  • Explanation of the exercise:
    • 'Chaos Easy' starts as a warm-up, but ends as a real battle.
    • The players are placed in the field (it does not matter where).
    • The ball is caught and immediately thrown over the net (one play).
    • As the player catches, he throws the ball.
    • When a player has thrown the ball, he/she goes to a wall (back of the field or on the side) and taps it, then comes back into the field.
    • The other players on the team have moved forward one spot.
    • You notice how difficult it is to score.
    • When someone throws the wrong ball (into the net or out), they have to sprint around the opponent's field.
  • Duration of the exercise:
    • 5-10 minutes.
  • Purpose of exercise:
    • Improve motor speed.
  • Explanation of the exercise:
    • Make a square of benches and throw in all the balls you have.
    • Place two players in the square and the rest around them.
    • At the sign of the trainer the two players will try to throw all balls out of the square.
    • The rest of the players have to throw all the balls back into the square.
    • After 60 seconds the exercises are stopped and the two players count the number of balls in the square.
    • The winner is the one who has the least number of balls in the square.
    • Everyone takes their turn.
  • Duration of the exercise:
    • 20-25 min.
  • Divide the team into two groups and have them form two rows facing each other on the 3 meter line.
  • Have the players play over the net and then run around the net post to join the other group.
  • Place a speedfoot ladder on one side, parallel to the sideline, and have the players do an exercise through the ladder before joining the row.
  • It is possible to extend this with block jumps, attacking passes or strength exercises.
  • Important is that the ball should not fall on the ground, communication is important.
  • If necessary, add a sanction when the ball falls on the ground.
  • Alternate between underhand and overhand.
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