Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception


  • 4 passers (2 short 2 long)
  • 1 playmaker 1 attacker and 1 blocker
  • Trainer serves hard services
  • Goal is to get the pass to the playmaker so that an attack can take place.
  • After the attack a spot is moved: the blocker becomes a passer, the attacker becomes a blocker.


  • Everyone on one position, we don't play center.
  • Basically you play a small game, with only rallies.
  • At each round you walk the lines as an outside attacker, walk from the front of the net to the three meter line to defend the balls within the three meter.
  • At every rally that goes well over the net, you rotate one spot.


  • See picture.
  • Take turns throwing the ball.
  • After throwing the ball touch the back line and return to the same spot.
  • Throwing good?
  • Then everything underhand. Later all above hands.


  • Receptionists line up with 3 in the backfield.
  • From the other side there is a save, emphasis is on reception and attack, not difficult save.
  • Ball is played centrally to playmaker, pass goes to position 4 or 2.
  • After the attack move to the serve. First server replaces the player who took the reception.
  • Expansion :
    • Playmaker at the net in combination with opposit or central striker.
  • On both sides of the net 1 person in the field.
  • throw the ball over the net, try to score
  • Get back in line.
  • Touch the back line after you have been there.
  • If this goes well try underhand
  • With a pair 1 ball,
  • First play up for yourself, then play to your pair. Overhand and underhand combination doesn't matter.
  • After 5 minutes play above and underhand.


  • 1 defender starts behind the back line
  • C plays high ball in the field
  • 1 comes in and plays overhead to S
  • S sets up backwards to 4
  • attack straight ahead, attacker gets the ball
  • 1 becomes attacker and 2 defender


VARIATION: attack on other position, with block, defense

  • A serves to B.
  • B passes the ball to the playmaker, who then plays a high ball into the backfield.
  • B defends this ball back to the playmaker, who then gives a setup for A.
  • A attacks this setup.
  • A lines up at the other side who defends the ball and has to score.

After the attack, A takes B's place and B becomes a reserve. The playmaker stays.

The outside attackers use the left half of the field with one playmaker. The middle attackers and diagonal attackers use the right half with another playmaker.


  • After the service, A takes a second ball.
  • After B's attack A throws this ball into the field.
  • B plays this ball to the playmaker, the playmaker gives a setup.
  • B attacks again.




  • Player A throws/strikes the ball towards player C.
  • Player C passes the ball to player B.
  • Player B sets up the ball.
  • Player C attacks if the pass was good.

Goal: Try to attack/play 3rd ball on the imaginary mats (straight or diagonal).

After each ball: A to row position C, C to row position A, B change after a while.

Extension: With enough players one-woman block.


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