Volleyball drills for setting / overarm technique

  • One player stands in front on the right.
  • Other players line up in a row.
  • Trainer throws the ball diagonally hard into the corner.
    • Player positions himself well under the ball towards the front-right player
    • Player holds his ground like a plank
    • Player plays underhand to the player on the right front side
    • Player turns to the right front
  • Basket is on the right front side.
  • Players stand in line.
  • Trainer throws the ball diagonally hard into the corner.
    • Player positions himself well under the ball towards the basket.
    • Player bounces the ball nicely.
    • Player plays overhand into the basket.
    • Player retrieves own ball and puts it in the basket
  • Who scores the most points.
  • All players take a ball (except 2 players).
  • The 2 players without the ball both stand in the middle on one side of the net.
  • The other players all line up at position 4,
  • the first player throws his ball/or touches in a good intention towards the player who gives the pass.
  • The first player throws his ball/or key in a good intention to the player who gives the pass.
  • The ball is caught and this player continues to the other side of the net.
  • This player does the same while the second player can already set up at the first pass.
  • When all players have been through both passeurs they will be exchanged.
  • Until everyone has passed. (If this works well after a few practice sessions, you can then build up to a possible attack as well!)

playmakers and libero:

  • libero goes to position 5.
    • 1 distributor stands on position 2/3.
    • 1 player stands at position 4 (next to the basket) and plays the ball to the libero.
    • ==> to position 2/3
    • ==> set-up in the basket. after 10 balls distributors change.
      • set-up forward both 2x
      • set-up backwards both 2x
      • libero set-up forearms 20balls own choice forwards
      • libero set-up forearms20 ballsbackwards. (other player will throw the ball)

other half

other players:

  • Make threes.
    • 1ballper trio. Line up on the backline.
    • Number 1 has the ball. Play the ball overhand backwards to number 2 and so on.
    • Number 1 stays behind until you reach the net.
    • 3 times get the net without dropping the ball.

2. pass the ball underarm to each other in a triangle.



  • Player A throws ball over the net.
  • Player B or C passes the ball over the net.
  • The other player quickly runs under the net and sets up the ball for the same player who passed.
  • This player tries to get a pawn off the bench with overhand play or a hitting move.

Which pair or team has knocked the most pawns off the bench after X number of minutes?

Warming up / all-round training

Each player will pass, attack, distribute, block, defend, rally, with turnovers.
#2 means

  • Trainer stands with cart with balls at the pole at #2 (position 2)
  • Players stand outside the field at the side of #1 and a playmaker at # 2/3
  • First round starts with Trainer throwing the ball to #5, player 1 runs from the sideline to the ball and plays it to the distributor.
  • Start with "blue players" (see drawing), then extend with "red players

Further course of play:

  1. Tr throws ball for S1 to #5
  2. S1 runs in and plays to Sv (#2/3)
  3. Sv gives setup to the outside (#4)
  4. S1 attacks.
  5. Turn over: S1 becomes Sv, Sv gets the ball and joins the line at #1.

Expansion 1

  1. Sv turns to the other side of the net and becomes a blocker.
    Now the same steps as above, but with the block opposite the attacker.
  2. Turn over: S1 (has just attacked) becomes Sv at #2/3, Sv
    passes under the net and becomes B1 at #2B1
    who, after blocking, goes to get the ball and joins the row


Extend 2

  1. After blocking at #2, player goes to defend at #5. Attacker is obliged to pass to #5.
  2. When the ball is defended a rally may be played (2 vs. 2)
  3. After end of rally or no defence or fault in attack, turn over

Extend 3 and more

  1. One can extend with a 2nd blocker, 2nd and 3rd defender (on resp. #1 and #6)
  2. More players can be added to field I (so players from the sideline move in when a rally arises)
  3. The passing game becomes S1 (passing and attacking) -> Sv -> B1 (#3) -> B2 (#2) -> V1 (#1) -> V2 (#6) -> V3 (#5) possibly A2 (#4) and then connect again.
  4. You can expand to 6 against 6, so start with blue, then B1, then B2, then V1, then V2 (when continuing the game, first V2 and then V1), then V3 (continuing the game with V2, V3, V1) and then possibly A1. In the meantime, players in field I must be added.
  5. If there are several players in Area I, you can choose to throw in a ball on S1 at #5 instead of throwing in a ball through Tr.

This exercise is about another player taking over the setup.

The players are divided into two groups. One group is lined up in the front left corner ready to attack. The players of the other group line up in the back right of the field.

  • The trainer bounces the ball high somewhere in the field (1).
  • The player gives a high setup to the outside left (2) and then gets in line at the front left (3).
  • The first player on the front left smashes the ball (4) and retrieves it himself in order to join the back row on the right (5).


Equipment: cones + tennis balls

  • 2 pairs; per pair 1 tennis ball and 1 pawn
  • A throws the tennis ball with a bow to B
  • B catches the ball using the overhand technique with the cone
  • If this goes well -> alternate short ball/long ball
  • and/or sideways movement, i.e. throw to the left or right of the person
  • 4 players per half.
  • the players stand in a square,
    • They can decide for themselves which distance to start
    • and then increase the distance.
  • then the 4 players play the ball around in the square
    • they have to play under an angle of 90 degrees.
  • 2 teams
    • who plays the ball first 10x around without dropping it
    • or underhand.

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