Volleyball drills for general


  • Play a game of volley tennis against each other.
  • At lower levels the ball is allowed to bounce once, at higher levels it can be played in one go.
  • As soon as you lose a point you have to run circles around the court.
  • Until 2 remain, these play a final.
  • The players are in pairs, one player on each side of the net.
  • Both players have a ball.
  • One player throws the ball underarms with outstretched arms over the net and the other rolls the ball under the net to the other side.
  • Extension: play a key to catch the ball and roll it under the net again.
  • Catch the ball with a key and roll it to the opposite side of the net.
  • You can extend this exercise and make it more difficult.



  • 4 Swedish benches are placed in a square.
  • A maximum of balls are placed in the square.
  • 2 or 3 players stand in the square and try to throw as many balls as possible out of the square during one minute.
  • The other players of the team run after the balls and throw them back into the square.
  • After one minute the team checks how many balls are still in the square.

Warming up / all-round training

Each player will pass, attack, distribute, block, defend, rally, with turnovers.
#2 means

  • Trainer stands with cart with balls at the pole at #2 (position 2)
  • Players stand outside the field at the side of #1 and a playmaker at # 2/3
  • First round starts with Trainer throwing the ball to #5, player 1 runs from the sideline to the ball and plays it to the distributor.
  • Start with "blue players" (see drawing), then extend with "red players

Further course of play:

  1. Tr throws ball for S1 to #5
  2. S1 runs in and plays to Sv (#2/3)
  3. Sv gives setup to the outside (#4)
  4. S1 attacks.
  5. Turn over: S1 becomes Sv, Sv gets the ball and joins the line at #1.

Expansion 1

  1. Sv turns to the other side of the net and becomes a blocker.
    Now the same steps as above, but with the block opposite the attacker.
  2. Turn over: S1 (has just attacked) becomes Sv at #2/3, Sv
    passes under the net and becomes B1 at #2B1
    who, after blocking, goes to get the ball and joins the row


Extend 2

  1. After blocking at #2, player goes to defend at #5. Attacker is obliged to pass to #5.
  2. When the ball is defended a rally may be played (2 vs. 2)
  3. After end of rally or no defence or fault in attack, turn over

Extend 3 and more

  1. One can extend with a 2nd blocker, 2nd and 3rd defender (on resp. #1 and #6)
  2. More players can be added to field I (so players from the sideline move in when a rally arises)
  3. The passing game becomes S1 (passing and attacking) -> Sv -> B1 (#3) -> B2 (#2) -> V1 (#1) -> V2 (#6) -> V3 (#5) possibly A2 (#4) and then connect again.
  4. You can expand to 6 against 6, so start with blue, then B1, then B2, then V1, then V2 (when continuing the game, first V2 and then V1), then V3 (continuing the game with V2, V3, V1) and then possibly A1. In the meantime, players in field I must be added.
  5. If there are several players in Area I, you can choose to throw in a ball on S1 at #5 instead of throwing in a ball through Tr.


  • Per 3 players
    • 2 balls. person 1&2 stand on 1 side,
    • person 3 in the middle opposite them.
  • Person 1 throws a ball to person 3,
  • who plays it back to person 1 underhand.
  • Then person 3 moves in shuffle until she is opposite person 2, this person also throws a ball which person 3 in turn plays back underhand.
  • Then move sideways again to person 1
    • So continuously move sideways to play balls back underhand from person 1 and 2,
  • After X number of balls you change


Three in a row on the back line.
Trainer throws ball. Players walk into the field.

  1. Passes
  2. gives set-up
  3. attack

Now the trainer calls a number, 1, 2, or 3 and he has to play first.
The player behind takes the second ball and so on.


  • Practicing defense of opponent's offense, block coverage and positioning in the backfield
  • one ball in pairs.
  • hold the ball up high
  • then move sideways over the sidelines along the net or around the field.


Exercise with several links, so it is important that each link seriously participates.

  • From position 2 a player throws the ball to the player at position 6.
  • This player passes the ball to SV at position 3.
  • SV plays the ball to 4.
  • Here a player catches the ball, and connects with position 2 (outside off).
  • Every player changes position 1.
  • Variation:
    • Instead of passing underhand, pass overhead.
    • Instead of overhand, smash.


  • Instead of catching, the player in position 4 smashes the ball. Note: at the net, step back, attack pass and smash.


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