Volleyball drills for passing / defense / reception

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  • Throwing the ball over the fence with pairs, overhead and underhand, meanwhile moving sideways:
    • Each pair a minimum of 6 times throwing and moving the ball sideways - 2 rounds.
    • Each pair to play the ball overhand at least 6 times - 4 rounds.
    • Each pair to play the ball underhand a minimum of 6 times - 4 rounds.
    • Each pair to play the ball with one arm at least 6 times - 1 round.
  • When everything is over, start again until it's time.
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  • The important thing is that each 2 team is serious about the drill, and really training each other.
  • Doubles play OH, using the benches as a net.
    • OH, replay.
    • Player 1 throws the ball on close to the bench, after the pass (by player 2), player 2 runs to the back line, taps it, and comes in again.
    • Player 1 throws the ball at the backline, after the pass (by player 2), player 2 runs to the bench, taps it and back.
    • Same as the first exercise, but player 1 tries to OH the ball 2/3 times himself, and then pass to player 2.
  • Player 1 standing on the bench:
    • Throwing the ball overhead, a bit harder and tighter if possible. Player 2 tries to pass the ball back.
    • Also in motion, shuffle backwards.


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  • Team is divided into two groups:
    • On one side of the field they play 2/2 or 3/3, passing the ball up and down.
    • On the other side of the court the trainer starts with the other group.
    • Trainer throws in balls, before the rally/service 3-4 handle the ball to position 3.
    • On 3 catch and put the ball in the ball bin.
  • Short/long.
  • Trainer throws balls to the 3 meter line. (positions A + B)
  • Player 1 passes the short ball and runs to the middle.
  • Player 3 comes in to play the ball.
  • Then trainer switches to the other side.
  • Player 2 plays the short ball, and goes to the middle.
  • Player 1 now goes for the ball on the other side.
  • Other players?
  • 3 get balls.
  • 3 encourage.
  • After 10 balls switch groups.
  • 2 trainers available?
  • 1 trainer makes sure the player in the middle does not cheat by starting too fast. (and keep him/her in the middle).
drawing
  • Organization:
    • Field B:
      • 2 passers and 1 reserve.
      • 1 playmaker on p2/3.
    • Field A:
      • Defender on 5 and 1.
      • Reserve on p5.
      • Coach serves.
  • Execution:
    • Trainer serves.
    • Pass and setup to the non-passer.
    • Attack thus on p3 or p4.
    • Attacker becomes playmaker, passer stays.
    • Spare becomes passer and playmaker becomes spare on p5.
    • P5 passes to p1 and p1 becomes reserve passer.
    • Defended ball is passed to p2.
drawing
  • Exercise to practice posture and movement when playing underhand.
  • Players (red circle) shuffle stepping around the pawn in position for underhand play.
  • Players then go under the net and play the ball back.
  • 10x then change.
drawing
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  • Player starts with block jump at the net.
  • Player then moves into position to defend a ball.
  • Player passes the batted ball through the trainer to the catcher.
  • Player shuffles around the pawn and defends the next ball.
  • Catcher joins the line outside the field.
  • Defender goes to catch.
drawing
  • 2 tals.
  • Two teams throw the balls over the net.
  • On the other side of the net stand 3 teams, and play alternately.
  • The ball is thrown to the ball, and is caught by the passing arms, but not yet played.
  • Roll the ball back.
  • After 2 times change to the next 2 team.
  • Variation:
    • Try to play the ball in the box on pos. 3.
    • Stand low, feeling in your arms, play quietly.
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  • Objective:
    • Develop ball sense, be able to control ball close to your body.
  • Everyone has their own ball, can be combined with a warm-up.


  • Let the ball bounce on your right fist.
  • Up to maximum eye level.
  • Arm is stretched out and is almost horizontal.
  • Stay in one place as much as possible.
  • Later on, alternate bouncing with your left hand.
  • Now do the same while following the yellow lines in a certain pattern.
  • The person in front chooses the route (watch out for rear-end collisions!); who wants to take this role? (requires even more concentration and a sense of responsibility a la captain's role)


  • Play the ball with only your right hand above your head, up to a maximum of 30cm higher than your hand
  • Your upper arm is pointed 45 degrees upwards and your forearm 45 degrees in the other direction; this brings your hand above your shoulder again.
  • The ball is played mainly with your wrist and forearm; stay in one place as much as possible.
  • Later on, alternate with the left hand.
  • Afterwards also in pattern.


  • Play the ball in a fixed routine for yourself, for example:
  • Square:
    • Underhand R, overhand R, overhand L, underhand L, underhand R, ...etc. (change later to the right)
  • Cross:
    • Lower hand R, upper hand L, upper hand R, lower hand L, lower hand R, ...etc.


  • In teams of four (preferably) with each its own ball.
  • Stand in a square; all equally spaced.
  • Throw the ball to the next person and catch the ball that is thrown to you.
  • First throw underhand and catch underhand; then throw abovehand and catch abovehand.
  • Then expand by passing 1 ball.


  • Choose a spot opposite the wall.
  • Sit in front of the wall with your feet against the wall.
  • Play overhead against the wall. (Ball just above eye level)
  • Pay attention to the movement of the wrist and a little bit of the forearm.
  • The ball will only bounce about 10cm this way.
  • If necessary, extend the game by slowly standing up, playing standing up for 10 seconds and then sitting down again.
  • Let them play a route along the wall: bounce briefly (10cm) and play overhand (right).
  • At the end of the route, take a distance of 2 meter from the wall and keep on playing overhand while walking left until the beginning of the route, close to the wall.
  • Everyone in line; if you lose the ball, pick it up and go back to the line.
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