Volleyball drills for setting / overarm technique


this exercise teaches the players to play 'smart'. Just over the net, or in the back in the corners 

explanation is for 6 players

  • line 1 of 3 players with ball behind trainer
  • rij 2 of 2 players to attack at left forward
  • player from line 1 pushes ball in hands trainer, and player immediately walks to reserve position sv
  • Trainer throws ball up to centre forward
  • Play SV from centre forward the ball overarm on right or left forward (as setup)
  • sv walks immediatelyafter playing the ball to the line of attackers
  • there are 5 hoops on the other field
    • 1 in all corners of the field and 1 in the middle of the field
  • player comes in play ball in hoop
  • if this works SV AND PLAYER a point
  • get own ball, join line servers
  • in this exercise it is important to immediately walk on after  the action
  • play-overarm-in-hoops
  • Line of players A  (+- 4 players) in the middle of a field with a ball
  • Player 1 is centre forward and is properly thrown ball by first player from line A
  • Player 1 plays ball overarm in the basket
    • bend elbows
    • stretch elbows and point after ball 
  • Player at the basket catches and joins line A.


  • virtual circle with 2m diameter around every player
  • player throws ball overarm up high for himself
  • let the ball bounce 1x in the circle
  • and overarm high again

Ball has to go high otherwise it will not bounce enough.

  • Player throws ball high to central forward and then gets in line to attack
    • if attack is not yet possible, the 3rd ball is played overarm over the net.
  • On the forward left, player comes in that gives set up to the flank and there will be the attack.
  • Pay attention to the set up:
    • ball up
    • leggs stretch 
    • point after the ball
  • Set upper keeps hitting (10) balls
  • Players are in a square
  • A to B, B to  C, C to D, D to A
  • Pay attention to distance feet



  • A and B are opposite each other and both have a ball
  • They use one of these balls to play overarm.
  • At the same time, they use the other ball to throw in a straight line.
  • At the moment A plays the one ball overarm, B throws the other ball towards A, and reverse.
    • is also possible in a triangle


  • everybody individually plays ball overarm against wall
  • pay attention to technique of the hands
  • they learn to control the ball
  • if possible, indicate a height (height of net + bit extra where the ball should hit the wall

extra challenge:

  • 'write' a word on the wall with the ball (around 5-7 letters)
  • Trainer is in the back of the field with line of players beside him
  • Trainer throws the ball in the air and  player a comes in, diagonally, and plays the ball to player b at the net, left front.
  • Player b catches ball and joined line besides trainer.
  • For a large group, make 2 lines beside the trainer and a catcher right forward to keep the tempo up.
  • Trainer is in the back of the field.
  • Player is positioned right forward and gets ball in the middle from trainer.
  • Player comes in and plays the ball in the basket.
  • At the moment of letting go, you dive towards the side line.
    • Possibly, the player gets a diving ball from a second trainer        
    • pay attention to sliding on the belly 
  • Player at the basket catches and joins the line
  • Diver will stand at the basket.


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