Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception


See picture. Each 3 (or 4) players 2 balls. 2 players at the net a few meters apart, other player(s) in the backfield.

  • Exercise 1: Players take turns throwing the ball, player in the backfield plays the ball back underarm.
  • Exercise 2: First ball comes deep, 2nd ball comes short
  • Exercise 3: Throwers stand a little further apart and throw straight: player with ball on the sideline throws deep, other short. Passer moves left/right.

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


  • 2 rows of players
    • 1 row on the left back
    • 1 row at the right back
  • 1 catch
  • Pass left and right
  • Pass to receiver
  • Ball in ball bin, join shortest row
  • Passer becomes receiver

  1. Passing, overhand pass
  2. Pass, underhand pass
  3. Tackle, underhand pass
  4. Tackle, pass, set, attack
  5. Tackle, pass, set, attack straight, with block
  6. Tackle, pass, set, placed ball diagonally, within 3 meters (blockers come off the net), pass to trainer
  7. Pass, set, attack (shot) straight ahead, with block and line player
  8. Pass, set, jump ball, with 3 meter defender



  • See picture.
  • Take turns throwing the ball.
  • After throwing the ball touch the back line and walk to the next spot.
  • Throwing good?
  • Then everything underhand.
  • Later all above hands.
  • line of players behind the back line
  • first player lies down on his belly
  • trainer stands at the other side of the net
  • hits the ball and throws the ball
  • player stands up and passes to midfielder/SV
  • SV catches or grabs the ball and passes to trainer
  • passer becomes SV
  1. first time only insertion
  2. then with sv as a catcher
  3. setup and attack

Goal: ball lane recognition, take position in time.

  • Ball path: A throws to B, B passes to C.
  • Direction of play: A, B, C
  • B moves (before the ball has passed the net) to the right position (90%) and is active instead of re-active.
  • B assumes the correct position when the ball passes the net.
  • B adjusts in the remaining time to the correct position (10%).
  • Possibly build up:
    • First B catches the ball with bent arms.
    • after that B passes the ball underarms.
  • Trainer stands on the other side of the net.
  • At the centre back there is a row of passers in front of the net and a catcher.
  • The trainer throws the ball to the first of the passers.
  • The passer passes the ball to the catcher, the catcher tries to throw the ball through the basket, picks up his/her ball and puts it in the cart and joins the back of the line.
  • The passer becomes receiver.


  • Make threes
  • Each trio one ball.
  • Player in the middle runs an 8. Every time this player comes in the middle a ball is thrown:
    • A throws (or plays overhand) the ball to B (in the middle).
    • B plays the ball back to A underhand and then runs around A until he is in the middle again.
    • A meanwhile passes the ball overhead to C.
    • C plays the ball overhand back to B.
    • B passes the ball back to C underhand and then runs around C until he is in the middle again.
    • Etc.
  • After 2-3 minutes, the player in the middle changes.


  • To make it easier, player A and C can also have them throw instead of playing overhand. This can be an underhand throw/catch or an overhand throw/catch.
  • To practice standing still while playing/catching, you can also let player B throw and catch underhand.

3 players

  • player 1 serves over the net towards player 2.
  • player 2 passes underarm or overhand to player 3 at the net.
  • At the moment player 1 served the ball player 3 throws the ball under the net with a bounce to player 1.
  • Player 3 catches the ball from player 2.
  • After 15 good services or after 2 min: 1 plate turn (chase ball).


  • three defenders and one playmaker in the field
  • three (or more) players stand ready as reserves behind the backline (in front of the three field players)
  • rest: serve
  • one of the three fielders defends, passes to a random field player, other field players make attacking movement
  • only the fielder who has attacked moves up to serve
  • one of the reserve players fills the vacant fielder's spot


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