Volleyball drills for general


set up of equipment:

  • Goal in the middle of the field, with someone in it
  • Other players on the other side of the net.

Course of play:

  1. The players throw/strike the ball towards the goal and try to score in the goal.
  2. The player in the goal (blue) tries to keep the balls out of the goal.

Set the net as low as possible.


Arrangement of material:

  • Mat against a wall
  • Player 1 (blue) near the mat
  • Other players (red), behind a certain line (depends on players)

Game flow:

  1. The players behind the line throw the ball to the mat
  2. Player 1 tries to keep the ball from the mat, he can do this with various movements.
    As soon as one of the players touches the mat, they may take a marker from Player 1.
    If Player 1 has no more marker disc, he loses and another player may take it. (number to choose, for example 5)

  • Players play two against two.
  • Each time the ball is over, they walk over to the other side of the net and join in behind.
  • The goal is to keep the ball in play as long as possible.
  • If a team makes a mistake, they have to dive to the other side.
  • Often the volleyball field is divided into six positions, you can also divide the field into nine sections of three by three meters.
  • This can be of value in coaching, service and (tactical) attack.
  • I let the group hold hands and then call a number below ten.
  • The group must then move as quickly as possible to the appropriate section.
  • Tip: After practicing this, I call out a number under ten at practice and have players point to the appropriate section on the court.


Supplies: A stick about 2.5 meters long and 1 to 2 cm thick.

  • The group gets the assignment to put the stick on the ground but it has to stay horizontal.
  • The group stands up straight (see drawing) and stretches both forefingers to the front at shoulder width and the upper and lower arms are at an angle of 90 degrees.
  • The trainer places the bar on the forefingers pointing forward.
  • From this position, the group should try to bring the bar down to the ground.
  • The bar must remain horizontal and not be raised or lowered on any side.
  • The bar should not be grabbed either!
  • Individual exercise to improve ball feeling with one hand.
  • Each player has 1 volleyball, mini volleyball, tennis ball, juggling ball (or for advanced players a non round object; a light plastic container or light bottle for example, but can be used with anything).
  • The goal of the players is to keep the ball in the air by hitting it as many times as possible with only one hand.
  • Have the players count how many times they can do this per the 2 minutes per task.
  • Possible assignments:
  • - Underhand lobsmash
  • - Over your head
  • - Hit your leg afterwards with the hand you played with
  • - Clap your hands after touching them
  • - Lying down -> sitting -> standing (and back)
  • - Raising your knee/heel
  • - Against the wall
  • - In pairs one player under, the other over the net=
    Be creative! =
  • Possible exercise for several people. (see image)
  • One or more in the middle, the rest around it.
  • Setters play the ball somewhere around them, the rest have to make sure that the ball is returned to setters in X number of times.
  • Agree on how many times the ball can be played.
  • Exercise stimulates:
  • - Communication
  • - Reflexes
  • - Ball sense

  • F plays to B.
  • B makes reception to A.
  • A plays a short ball to F.
  • F plays back and A plays the ball to D.
  • D passes to G.
  • G to A.
  • A plays two short backs and G plays to C.
  • Form several teams.
  • Winning team can go under the net.
  • Opposite team scores a point = stay put.
  • Other team makes point ==> change at the other side of the net.

2 children and 1 towel

The children catch and throw the ball over the net. The towel is between both children. Opponent also has 2 children with 1 towel. Points are just like regular volleyball