Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception



players throw the ball up in front of the body at the arm

  • players stand next to the line and throw the ball up, so that it falls on the line
  • left leg is in front

Then serve to each other in pairs. It is about throwing up the ball well.

  • Players serve from position 1 to 5.
  • When player A1 serves, player B5 stands in the field and catches the service.
  • Player A1 becomes reserve and player B5 becomes reserve.
  • serving-2


Improving the pass by staying behind the ball

  • Passer stands against the back line in starting position pass
  • Player at the net throws the ball alternately short and deep.
  • P moves forwards and backwards and passes to S
  • S catches the pass
  • Change after 10 balls

Then in threes:

  • Passer stands in the starting position in the backfield and moves sideways opposite player 1 and 2
  • Players 1 and 2 take turns passing the ball to P who returns it under arms
  • Players 1 and 2 catch the pass
  • after 10 times turning around
  • core-1-2
  • 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 B.
  • B attacks this setup.

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

The attackers use the left half of the court 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.


  • 3 pass setup + 1 SV
    • pass to playmaker = 1 point
    • sv drops ball in basket = +2 point
    • wrong service = 1 point
    • foul pass =-1 point.
  • After 2 services = turn over
  • Triplets 1 ball.
  • Two on the backline 1 with ball at the net.
  • The ball is thrown in one half of the field, the passer has to call and the other one is going to catch it.
  • The players may only pass to their own side.
    • If the passer succeeds in catching the ball they both get a point.
  • If all passes well the passer has a point (be strict on the pass).
  • After 10 balls they rotate.

If the back players get the ball to the net player, they earn an extra point.

Goal: Move to the ball and technique.

  • 3 men stand at the net
  • the first one throws a long ball on the 7meter line,
  • then a short ball and another deep ball in the back.


Play fanatically in pairs.

Then in 3 teams

  • 1 at the net
  • other 2 on 2 sides in the back of the field
  • B throws the ball to A
  • B passes under the net
  • A plays the ball UNDER HANDS to C
  • C plays the ball UNDER HAND to B
  • B catches the ball
  • B throws the ball to C
  • B passes under the net
  • C over the net to A


Pay attention in the exercises:

  • Pass must come high so player can catch the ball 'overhand'.
  • Pass to the right, right foot forward
  • Pass to the left, left foot forward
  • Eyes" of the shoulders in the direction of play

The exercise:

  • 3 pairs with 1 ball.
  • 1 and 2 stand next to each other, not too close to the net.
  • 3 faces 1 in the back of the court.
  • 1 throws straight at 3 and 3 tests diagonally to 2.
  • 2 catches and then throws straight to 3 and 3 keys diagonally to 1.
  • So 3 moves around all the time.


  • 2 rows of players
    • 1 row on the left back
    • 1 row on the right back
  • 2 catchers
  • create with 3 pawns a virtual line where they have to stand.
  • 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 orIK (let's agree) and plays the ball to the receiver.
  • This one becomes the new receiver.
  • Substitute takes ball and puts it in ball bin.
  • Catcher joins one of the rows.



  • 2 rows of players
    • 1 row at the left back
    • 1 row at the right back
  • create with 3 pawns a virtual line where they have to stand.
  • trainer stands at the other side of the net and throws the ball somewhere in the field.
  • 1 of the 2 front rows calls out LOS orIK (agree on this) and plays the ball over the net
  • This one also goes to get the ball --> TR and joins one of the rows