Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception



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


  • 3 teams 1 ball.
  • A and B stand at the net and C stands opposite A on the back line.
  • A throws the ball to C, C tests diagonally to B, B catches.
  • Meanwhile A moves opposite B and then A tips the ball to C.
  • After 20 passes turn over

If more players then distribute on both sides of the field and then an extra defender in the waiting room and starts running as soon as the 1st player is ready


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