Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception

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  • Line up for trainer, trainer at the net.
  • Player throws the ball, trainer plays/throws it back.
  • Then player passes to trainer.
  • Trainer throws the ball over the net.
  • Player retrieves ball and closes in back.
    • NB! Ball speed is increasing until ball is hit.
  • Ball is served.
  • Pass by 1/5/6.
  • Set-up by 1, but on a first pass by 1 set-up by 2.
  • After set-up an attack by 2/3/4, but on a set-up by 2 only an attack by 3/4.
  • After service 2 (or more) players walk into the court to play.
  • Ball/ralley is played all the way out.
  • NB: FOCUS IS ON THE SERVICE PASS!


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  • There's a line behind the back line of the field,
  • The #1 comes forward, who passes the ball to the front centre (trainer) and shuffles to the back right,
  • There they get another ball (harder). This one must also be passed to the trainer.
  • When this doesn't work, pick up the ball and give it to the trainer.


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  • 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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pair up.

  • At the net with the ball
    • other player on back line lying down.
  • Stand up in different ways:
    • just get up,
    • through squatting,
    • jump high in one go.
  • Both players stand: at the net with the ball, ball is hit aimed. Pass back.
  • Later: hit the ball harder (left/right/harder).

Starting position is a formation with 4x4 players and the remaining players behind the back line of field A.

  • Trainer throws the ball into field A and they play the ball 3x over the net,
  • Field B defends and tries to return the ball in 3x,
  • If one of the teams scores a point, we rotate in pairs.
  • The back players of zone B leave the field and join the back line of field A.
  • The front players of B field become back players in B field,
  • the front players of field A become front players of field B, the back players of field A become front players of field B.
  • A new pair of players turns into field A and becomes the back players.
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Goal of the exercise: on the one hand to process the deep ball in the back to your playmaker, on the other hand to place the 'third' ball underhand in the back of the opponent's team.

  • 3 teams
  • 1 at the net
  • other 2 on 2 sides in the back of the field


  1. B plays the ball overhand to A
  2. B passes under the net
  3. A plays the ball UNDER HAND to C
  4. C plays the ball UNDERHAND to B
  5. B plays the ball overhand to C
  6. B pass under the net
  7. C plays the ball UNDER HAND to A
  8. A plays the ball UNDER HAND to B
  9. and further from 1

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In pairs

  • 1 with ball on the 3m line
  • 1 without ball at the other side at the net
  • make a block jump at the net (pay attention to a straight landing)
  • after landing, move backwards to the 3m line and pass the short ball
  • player from the other side throws on (or serves) and then sprints under the net to catch the ball
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  • 2 rows of players
    • 1 row on the left back
    • 1 row at the right back
  • create with 4 pawns a virtual line where they have to stand behind
  • trainer stands at the other side of the net and throws the ball somewhere in the field.
  • 1 of the 2 front rows calls LOS orI (let's agree)
  • he passes it to the net and the other one catches it.
  • pass-and-shout
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