Volleyball drills for general

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  • The players are evenly matched on one side of the pitch.
  • e.g. 4-4 they play in 3 contacts every time someone has played a ball that person runs to the back line and taps it and comes back so you play all the time
  • you can play this all over the field, inside the 3 meter line or outside the 3 meter line
  • With this exercise the players learn how to play 'smart'. just over the net or in the back corners.
  • The field is divided into two halves. On both halves there is a row of players.
  • On the other side of the net are hoops, on the places where normally no players stand.
  • The players throw the ball in front of themselves and play the ball overhand into the hoops. For every bale in the hoop they get one point, the team with the most points has won. (addition: the trainer plays the ball and the players play into the hoops).
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The aim is to shift focus, so don't dwell on it for too long but be ready for the next action straight away.

  • Make 3 teams with 1 regular volleyball and 1 tennis ball.
  • The one with the tennisball is the lummel (player 2) and stands in the middle.
  • Player 1 plays the ball to the dummy, the dummy throws the tennis ball to player 1.
  • The dummy plays the ball to player 1 and player 1 throws the tennisball to the dummy again.
  • After this player 1 plays the ball to player 3, player 3 plays the ball to the lummel, and the lummel throws the tennisball to player 3.
  • to player 3. The dummy plays the ball to player 3 again and gets the tennisball back. etc...
  • requires concentration of the players and fast switching.
    • If you don't have tennisballs you can also use 2 balls.

2 vs 2, play ball over the net
: - throw loose and follow ball -
underhand pass -
overhand pass -
ball comes over the net short, 1 player takes reception move backwards, gets ball deep from 2nd player at the net, reception back to net player who passes ball backwards.
- If necessary, switch to reception pass and technical attack behind the 3m line.
- If the group has an odd number of players, they always pass after passing the ball.





short-long-attack-defence-position-1-5-in-3-teams

See picture. Each 3 players 2 balls. 2 players at the net a few meters apart, other player on the 3-m line and shuffle always from front to back: first r-for then l-for.

  • Exercise 1: Players take turns throwing the ball, player in the backfield plays the ball back underhand.
  • Exercise 2: First ball comes deep (BH return), 2nd ball comes short (OH return) - must be catchable!
  • Exercise 3: Throwers stand a little further apart and throw straight: player with ball on the sideline throws deep, other short (not catchable)
  • Exercise 4: player with ball on the sideline does an intermediate test and then gives a deep ball, player in the field takes this ball OH and plays it to player B at the net. Player B can then immediately return a ball on the 3-meter line or test the ball to the player on the sideline and then the exercise starts again.


After x-number of balls or after a certain time swap places.

  • 1 player at one side of the net
  • other players on other side
  • solo player shows the move, others mirror it on the other side of the net
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  • Trainer throws the ball,
  • player forms a circle with arms through which the ball must fall.



  • Player A throws ball over the net.
  • Player B or C passes ball to other player
  • The other player quickly runs to the net and sets up the ball for the same player who passed.
  • This player tries to get a pawn off the bench with overhand play or a hitting move.
  • Change after 5 balls


Which pair or team has knocked off/handled the most pawns after X number of minutes?


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pawns-of-the-bank

  • Player A throws ball over the net.
  • Player B or C passes the ball over the net.
  • The other player quickly runs under the net and sets up the ball for the same player who passed.
  • This player tries to get a pawn off the bench with overhand play or a hitting move.


Which pair or team has knocked the most pawns off the bench after X number of minutes?


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