Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception

  • There is one passer in the field at position [6].
  • The trainer or a playmaker stands with the balls at the net at position [3].
  • The ball is introduced by hitting or pricking and there is a variation in short/long and hard/soft.
  • The passer keeps the ball from the ground (prio 1) and provides the pass to [2/3] (prio 2) where the ball is caught by a team mate.
  • This exercise can be played in two variants.
  • A. [suitable for large teams]
    • After the pass, a new player is rotated into the field and the passer joins the back of the line.
    • High tempo!
    • The team can be split in two, so that one team always picks up the balls from the other team.
  • B. [suitable for small teams]
    • The passer remains standing.
    • He quickly takes up his position again after the pass and processes a new ball (10 in total).
    • The other players spread out to collect the balls.
    • After 10 passes the passer takes off and the ball is passed.
    • High tempo!
  • Explanation:
    • 2 teams of 3 players
    • Per team 3 volleyballs (different balls so you can tell the difference, 2 'baby' and 1 'normal' ball)
    • The team must play the 'normal' ball over the net in 3 times and meanwhile the 'babies' are thrown over.
    • Each player may only touch the 'normal' ball once!
    • (When a player has played the 'regular' ball, he gets a 'baby' thrown to him)
  • Starting positions:
    • Mid-back has no ball. Mid-back has no ball (he passes the ball to the distributor).
    • Distributor gives a set-up on the outside.
    • 3rd player plays the ball over the net. (At first do not attack, only if it goes well!)
  • The goal is to play the ball in threes. This requires the commitment of every player.
  • So line up three players.
  • They solve a thrown ball (by the trainer), by playing in threes.
  • The first ball is passed to the upper-position.
  • The 2nd player, who has the job of upper-player, runs to the upper-place.
  • The 3rd player then prepares for the attack.
  • At first keep the ball on one side of the net, by not actually hitting the 3rd ball, but catching it.
  • Then 3 other players move in to do the same.
  • On the other side of the net, the same is practiced with the other half of the team.
  • After a while, when the ball is regularly played in threes, the ball is actually played to the other side.
  • The team on the other side then plays the ball back in threes.
  • And so on; play over as long as possible.
  • No scoring, it's about playing in threes.
  • Organisation: Make three teams with one ball.
  • Execution:
    • 2 players stand opposite each other at approx. 5m.
    • The third player is "distributor" and stands to the right of the passer.
    • Player 1 plays brace to 2nd player and he passes the ball to the right, where the Sv is standing.
    • This gives player 2 a setup, which is attacked on player 1.
    • Meanwhile, Sv runs to the right side of player 1 to receive the pass there.
  • Ball at the net, player on the back line.
  • Short ball, 3 metres.
  • Shuffle back.
  • Long ball 7 meters.
  • 6 short balls.
  • 5 long balls.
  • Last short ball is pancake.
  • Important:
    • First walk (arms loose and not extended), then stretch and pass.
    • Stand still when passing but continue the exercise.
  • Throwing (2 players at the same time)
    • Move from the left- and right-back to the middle 3-meter and pass; 8 balls 7.
    • From left and right back to front 3-meter move and pass; same side 7 balls.
    • From left and right halfway side-shuffle. Pass in the middle; same side 7 balls.
    • Block at the net and then pass on 3-meter line; same side 5 balls.
    • From midfield to left- and right-back bring shuffle pass; loop 5 balls.
  • Hit (4 at the same time):
    • From left side (3-meter) 1st ball from center attack directly on player; shuffle towards mid-back with immediately a slide attack from outside position.
    • From position 5 direct middle attack on player; shuffle to position 6 ball thrown in.
    • From position 5 direct mid-attack on player; shuffle to position 4 ball thrown in.
    • From the right side (3-meter) 1st ball from mid-attack directly on player; shuffle towards mid-back with immediately a slide attack from the outside position.
  • Extended (3 at a time):
    • From right long ball from outside attack; short shuffle for diagonal attack. (left player right player alternate)
    • 3 passers with random balls. (attack, throw, long balls, short balls)

  • Players form threesomes.
  • Per trio two players at the net with a ball.
  • Player A hits the ball (overhand) for a pass before the backline.
  • Immediately after that B throws the ball on the three meter line.
  • Player C makes a pancake and plays the ball back.
  • After 10 times the players turn one spot (A becomes C, B becomes A, C becomes B).

  • This exercise trains the split step.
  • Players line up behind the back line.
  • Trainer or player stands at the net.
  • One by one the players walk in from the back line.
  • When the trainer hits the ball, the player makes a split step.
  • Then he gets the ball on a random spot next to or in front of him.
  • Player passes back and retrieves ball if necessary.
  • After that the player closes in at the back.
  • Organisation:
    • 3 players on p2, p3 and p4.
    • 2 players on p5/p6 and p6/p1.
    • Other players with ball on p6.
  • Execution:
    • BH to p4 and follow ball, from p4 BH to p5/p6, follow ball backwards.
    • From p5/p6 OH to p3 and follow through, etc.
    • At p2 catch and connect to p6.
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