Volleyball drills for system

  • The team starts in basic formation.
  • MV moves to the left and together with LV sets up a block.
  • The other players move to corresponding defensive position.
  • Trainer checks and corrects position of players.

  • MV moves to the right to block with RV/SV.
  • The other players move to the corresponding defensive position.
  • Trainer checks and corrects position of players.
  • Repeat this number of times in one motion, rotating frequently so everyone has been in each position.
  • Player 1 at position LF at the net, player 2 at MA to defend.
  • Player 3 (= SV) on RA (use pawn to indicate RV position; SV has to start behind it).

  • LF throws ball to MA with arc.
  • SV runs in at that point from RA, around the pawn (RV on ~3 meter line) to SV position (between MV and RV position)
  • MA passes the ball to SV
  • SV catches the ball above the head (all players turn 1 spot, or repeat exercise 5 times)

  • Can be extended with setup to LF where
    • player 1 throws the ball from the net
    • then goes to the 3 meter line (for the run to attack)
    • simulates an attack and takes care of the setup.
  • If necessary expand with an attack instead of catching.


  • A serves at B
  • B plays into C
  • C sets up and B plays over the net
  • Run after own ball
    on 6 and possible block
  • 6 players stand on position in the field.
  • The rest on the other side. Save and occasionally bring in a fast ball by trainer.
  • After 5 times turn around.
  • or let the team save by themselves.

This exercise assumes that the players know where they must stand and which zone is for them. So explain this well in advance

  • Players stand in the right zone
  • Reserve player serves the ball
  • Block/defence, trainer throws in the ball
  • After every service turn.
  • Serve only when they think they are in the right position
    • Also serve if they are not in the right position and serve on the uncovered position.
  • They have to correct each other where they should stand.
  • Throw a ball into the difficult zone every now and then. Who was this ball for?
  • It's about recognizing your own zone. Who takes which ball? Call loose when in doubt etc
  • Make clear agreements in advance!
  • Teams stand on both sides of the net.
  • Explain three plays --> pass/set-up, catch throw, pass/set-up over the net.
  • Play overhand from the backline. After three serves of one player, the team rotates one spot.
  • They don't have to leave the field after a 'mistake'. For every ball that falls on the ground the opponent gets a point.
  • Side A: team line-up, other people on the other side.
    • Service from side A
  • Team on side B must hit the first two attacks,
  • 3rd attack may only be hit,
  • Punch at critical spots in the defense.
  • Trainer throws the ball to the middle player
  • He passes to SV
  • SV gives setup
  • Attacker plays the ball SLIMLY over the net
    • so just obver the net
    • Or in the back of the field in the corners
  • On the other side there are 2 people blocking and defending behind.
  • Attacker gets the ball and puts it with trainer (in the box)
  • Everybody turns 1 spot (runs after their own ball)
  • Give instructions all the time
    • playing-tactically-2
  • 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