Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception

2 teams with 1 ball. One team drops the ball from high and just after the bounce the other team has to catch the ball. Exchange.
  • Trainer stands in the back of the field with
    • behind row 1 : players with the ball
    • Next to them row 2: players without ball
  • Front player from row 1 pushes ball into trainer's hands and joins row 2.
  • Trainer pounces the ball in the field and player from row 2 comes running in and picks up the ball for himself.
  • Grabs/captures own ball and joins row 1.
  • High tempo and adapt to level of player who runs
  • Two teams, one ball.
  • 1 at the net and 2 in the back.
  • 1 throws the ball and 2 returns.
  • 20x then change
  • When delivering a freeball we want to disrupt the opponents offence as much as possible. 
  • We can also use the freeball to take out an offensive attacker by pulling them close to the net or making them take the first contact. 
  • Dump zones are meant to target the setter or setter transition area and to pull an outside hitter off of their approach.
  • If there is time, the player passing the ball should look at the opponents side of the net to determine where to place the ball - D1, D2, D3, D4
  • Teammates not involved in the play should be:
    • Ready to defend the freeball
    • Looking at the opponents transition or positioning on the court
    • Communicating to the player passing the ball on where to put the ball - 1, 2, 3, 4
  1. Server plays the ball towards position 6
  2. 1 of the 2 passers, passes the ball towards the playmaker(SV)
  3. SV plays the ball to the front left or right
  4. Attacker (A) completes the attack (attack pass to net)
  5. Attack

    server -> passer

    passer -> attack

    attack -> server


In pairs

Long pass (10x):

  • 2nd player on the 3-meter line
  • Player at the net hitting the ball
  • 2nd player shuffles backwards (7 meters)
  • Hit by player at the net
  • 2nd player passes

Short pass (10x)

  • 2nd player at 7 meters
  • Player at the net hitting the ball
  • 2nd player sprints forward
  • tip-ball by player at the net
  • 2nd player passes
  • Player A throws/hits ball towards player C 
  • Player C passes the ball towards player B. 
  • Player B sets up the ball. 
  • Player C attacks. 

Goal: 1st series balls straight, 2nd series balls diagonally. 

Walking line: A joins back of line C, B keeps hitting balls, C joins back line A.


  • Have 3 players walk to net, make a block jump.
  • Then the players on position 3 and 4 quickly go to the 3m line, and the trainer throws a ball over the net which has to be passed to the player on position 2 (sv). 
  • You can still adjust by having the players first stand at the net and have them decide whether the ball should be blocked or defended.
  • after the task, 3 new players in the field.


Goal: recognize ball trajectory, QUICKLY assume position.
Ball trajectory: A serves to B, B passes to C.
Walking direction: A, B, C

B moves (before the ball has passed the 3m line of A) to the right position (90%) and is active instead of reactive.
B assumes the correct posture when the ball passes the net
B adjust the correct position and posture in the remaining position (10%).

Possibly build up:
- first B catches ball with bent arms
- B then passes the ball underhand

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