Volleyball drills for setting / overarm technique

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  • Player A throws/strikes the ball towards player C.
  • Player C passes the ball to player B.
  • Player B sets up the ball.
  • Player C attacks.


Goal: try to attack/play 3rd ball on the mats (straight or diagonal).

After each ball move one place in your own group.

Extension: When there are enough players one could also choose to place a block.

  • Row of players A (+- 4 players) in the middle of the field with a ball
  • Player 1 stands on midfield well thrown by first player from row A
  • Player 1 plays ball overhand into the basket
    • bend elbows
    • extend elbows and point to ball
  • Player at the basket takes off and goes into line A.

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3 players at the net at equal distance from each other (1, 2, 3, 4).
3 players on the backline (A, B, C, D).

  • Player A plays BH to player 1,
  • player 1 plays BH back,
  • player A plays BH to player 2,
  • player 2 plays BH back,
  • etc.


The moment player A plays to player 2, player B starts playing BH to player 1, etc.




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

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Divide players in pairs with a net in between and a ball for each pair:

1. first throw and catch overhead (20x). After that bounce the ball under the net (20x).

2. Player 1 throws, 2 plays back overhead. Then runs to the backline to touch it and gets another ball. 15x then change.

3. Player 1 throws a ball from 2 meter line, player 2 is ready at the net to block. After the block sprint to the backline to tap the ball. 15x then change.

4. Player 1 (now standing in front of the net) throws a ball to player 2 on the backline. Player on backline passes back underhand, runs to the net, taps it and runs back to backline. 15x after that change.

5. finally play over together.


  • 3 teams
  • 1 at the net
  • other 2 on 2 sides in the back of the field
  • B throws ball at 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

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targeted-attack-straight-ahead-diagonally

  • Player A throws/strikes the ball towards player C.
  • Player C passes the ball to player B.
  • Player B sets up the ball.
  • Player C attacks.


Goal: try to attack/play 3rd ball on the mats (straight or diagonal).

After each ball move one place in your own group.

Extension: When there are enough players one could also choose to place a block.

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See picture. Take turns throwing the ball. After throwing the ball touch the back line and go back to the same spot.

Throwing good? Then all underhand. Later all above hands.

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The purpose of the core is that the players can play the ball overhead.

  • The players stand in pairs facing each other and play overhead.
  • Hands well above the head, from the legs, stretch the body and point to the ball
  • The players stand further and further apart.


  • Then we form two rows diagonally across the field and we play BH, chase your ball

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