Volleyball drills for general

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  • The coach places a ball on the halfway line.
  • On both sides of the net stands a team behind the backline.
  • The players must try, by throwing/rolling balls against the ball on the half way line, to get the ball over the back line of the other team.
  • The defending players can only stop the ball by throwing/rolling against it.
  • A serves ball to B.
  • B passes ball to server.
  • Play distributor plays ball between the 7- and 9-meter line. (B runs there in the mean time)
  • B passes ball to server again.
  • Distributor sets up the ball.
  • B attacks ball straight ahead.
  • A passes this ball up in front of himself and catches the ball.
  • Server becomes passer, passer becomes playmaker, playmaker becomes server.

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A varied warm-up where 6 benches standing next to each other with each +/-2-3m between them form the basis. See videos for exercises. It is a varied selection of exercises: running, running, jumping and strength exercises with and without a ball. Depending on the target group, you can choose the exercises.

1. 2 players start at the same time. One slaloms around the benches by starting on the right, the other by starting on the left.

  • Forward in a run
  • Give high-fives every time they cross each other.
  • Every time they cross each other jump and hit each other's hands.
  • Backwards


2. Same as 1, only it's not a slalom, but you meet in the middle every time.

  • Lean on one knee and join hands. Then back again and walk around the bench.


3. 2 players remain simultaneously. Grab bench with two hands. Do legs over the bench three times. Then move to next bench and so on.

4. Same as 3, but they cross each other. Every bench one changes from left to right.

5. You jump as 3, once over the bench. Sit with your back against the bench. Grasp the bench with your arms. Legs stretched. Do 1 push up.

6. Same as 5, but you cross each other. Each bench is alternated between left and right.

Grasp the bench with your hands and your body stretched out. You make 1 push up. And jumps once over the bench.

8. Same as 7, but you cross each other. Each bank switches from left to right.

9. Combination of 6 and 8. Start at the first bench with a push forward, the next bench backward and so on until the last bench. In between they cross.

10. One jumps leg by leg over the benches in a running pace.

11. Same as 10, but they cross each other. Each bench is crossed from left to right.


12. One jumps on the bench. Then from 1 jump spread legs around the bench. You look at each other. Bench up-down-up and through.

13. Same as 12, but they cross each other. Every bench one changes from left to right.


14. Pairs. One player lifts up the bench at the right side. The other player crawls under the bench and grabs the next bench on the left. Now the other player goes under the bench, etc.

Foursomes. In fact the same as 14, only now the bench is grabbed by 2 players on both sides. Then 2 players go under it and hold up the next bench, etc.


Two rows behind the back line

  1. First of each row steps into the field
  2. Trainer throws/serves ball into the field
  3. The player who plays the ball calls loose and passes the ball to the other player.
  4. The other player gives a set-up in return.
  5. Number one attacks
  6. Retrieve ball and put it in the box
  7. Join the other line
  • left back, mid back right position
  • 3 blockers
  • the rest on the other side of the ball
  • The ball is introduced when the defenders are in position.
  • left and right back start on 3 meter line. mid-back starts on double line.


  • left back, mid back right back position
  • 3 blockers
  • the rest at the other side ball
  • ball is introduced when defenders are in position
  • left and right back start on 3 meter line. mid-back starts on double line.


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  • who gets the ball the fastest
  • coach calls: head, knees, toes, nose, then ball.
    • for ball so who gets the ball the fastest
  • Everyone stands through their knees towards each other.
  • 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.


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  • Speed ladder is from the back line towards the net, in the middle of the field.
  • Players move every round with a different movement pattern for the footwork through the speed ladder towards the net, then a block at position 3, move to position 2 or 4 (alternate) and a block again there.
  • Then immediately step out to the defensive position on the 3-m line (with the cross move, immediately adopt a low stance and weight on the front feet).
  • After the defensive position two options: either shuffle backwards towards the baseline or make a diving roll towards the baseline.
  • Depending on the team and fitness level, increase the number of rounds the players have to make.
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