Volleyball drills for setting / overarm technique


Combination of playing overhand, blocking and defending in teams of 4.

  • At the net play 2 times overhead, 1 time for yourself and the next ball to the defense.
  • Defense plays ball back underhand. (wide)
  • After playing overhand block 2x at the net.

Extension of the exercise:

  • Instead of playing the second ball overhead, hit it in a targeted way.
  • In preparation for attack on p3.
  • Organisation:
    • Player on 2/3.
    • Trainer with ball pit on p5/6.
    • Other players on 3m-line p3.
  • Execution:
    • Trainer throws ball and player on 2/3 gives a setup on3.
    • Player on 3m-line runs in and catches ball and delivers it back to Tr.
    • Have player on 2nd/3 set up 5 balls.
    • Make sure the setup stays short on the p3 and not on the p3/4.
  • Expansion:
    • No more catching but attacking.


  • 2 teams.
  • Per team one pawn and tennis ball.
  • Player 1 catches the tennisball of player 2.
  • Player stands still and in the right position while catching. (Hands in front of/above head, point of pawn towards nose.)
  • 10x and then change.

  • 1 player stands in the field and gets 10 balls from the trainer.
  • Balls must at least be touched but the focus is on quick movement, being ready and passing overhead/underhand. (trainer makes sure balls can be hit).
  • Other players stand around the field and make sure balls get to the trainer.
  • And of course encourage the player who is doing the exercise.

  • Ball route:
    • Player 1 serves to player 3.
    • 3 passes the ball on 2/3 to player 4.
    • Player 4 gives set-up.
    • Player 3 comes for the attack.
    • He hits straight ahead or diagonally.
    • Agree on beforehand.
    • Server (player 1) defends this ball.
  • Walking route:
    • After player 1 serves, player 2 serves.
    • Player 3 and 4 exchange tasks.
    • When one side has served twice (player 1 and 2).
    • Player 3 and 4 start serving.
    • Player 1 and 2 attack and defend.
  • 2 on 2, each side passes, gives a setup and then an attack behind the 3 meter line.
  • The game is played on the whole field.
  • The ball is introduced through an overhand service from the field (the ball must return to the field quickly, so serve directed at a defender where the ball lands).


  • 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.
  • Organisation:
    • Training ring on p4.
    • Players in line on P1 and 1 player on p4.
    • Tr with ball pit on p5.
  • Execution:
    • Tr throws on at P2.
    • Player runs in off p1 and plays the ball through the hoop on P4.
    • Catch and put in the bin.
  • Variation:
    • Tr on the other side and pass on p5.
    • Now after the pass a setup through the hoop.


  • 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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