All the volleyball drills and exercises on the following page are designed to develop fundamental skills.
It's extremely important as an athlete or coach that you execute them with proper technique in order to avoid injury.
To reduce the risk of possible injury, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise or skill development program.
Arm Snaps: Two athletes work together with one ball. Facing each other on the sidelines, players toss the ball up in the air with two hands and then spike the ball down into the middle of the court. They should work on a high contact point and wrist snap.
Spiking a Volleyball
Standing Spikes: Coach tosses balls for the hitters about 10 feet back from the net. The hitter should have the hitting elbow back and up. The hitter steps to where the ball is falling and uses the hitting arm swing to hit it over the net into the court. The hitter focuses on an "elbow to wrist" contact.
Arm Swings on the Wall: Two athletes work together with one ball. One athlete stands facing the wall (about 15 feet back from it) with his/her hitting elbow up and behind his/her shoulder and the non-hitting arm up in the air. The partner is standing in front of the hitter and to the side of the hitters arm. The partner with the ball tosses it up in front of the hitter for him/her to spike at the wall. The hitter should be aiming at something on the wall that is about net height.
Box Spiking: Perhaps the most important of all spiking volleyball drills are the ones that involve spiking on a box. Players should spike on a box every practice. When on a box, players should focus on the contacting the ball high, with arm vertical, and contacting in such a manner that makes the ball spin (topspin).
Passing a Volleyball
It's important that your volleyball drills involve mainly passing balls that are coming from across the net. For example, partner drills that involve playing the ball from a partner on the same side of the net aren't "game like" and are much less valuable.
Reaction Drill: One partner (thrower) holds the ball overhead with two hands. (Make sure he/she does this! It makes a difference for this drill!) The other partner is in ready position about four steps away from the thrower. The thrower throws the ball to either side of the passer, or in front of him/her, to make him/her take a step to pass the ball. The thrower should just flex the wrists forward to throw the ball, not pull his/her arms down.
Reaction Off Of Wall: One player (digger) faces the wall about 15 feet back. The other player (tosser) stands behind the digger about five feet. The tosser says, Go! and then throws the ball at the wall, about 10-feet high on the wall. The digger reacts to the ball bouncing off of the wall and digs it up.
King-of-the-Court: This drill can be used for all aspects of the game. Most players love this game! The game begins with the Challengers side serving over to the Kings/Winners side. There is only one rally to determine who will stay on the court. Which ever side wins goes to (or stays on) the Kings/Winners side. The loser of the rally should shag the ball. This game can be played with lots of variations: No jumping; jumping from behind the 10-foot line only, with twos, threes or more players, no serving, but coach tosses the ball in, etc.
When learning volleyball drills for setting, really emphasize getting in position and using good setting technique.
Setting a Volleyball
Setting Progressions: The focus of this drill is on setting with correct hand positions, then slowly work up to quick releases. Have players pair up. One player tosses the ball and the other player catches it in setting position. The players stand parallel to the net to simulate game like setting.
Players then use the following steps...
Toss and Set: One person tosses ball for the partner to set back to the tosser. The toss can be to the partner, to either side, short or deep to move the partner around.
Over the Net: Remember, the best volleyball drills are the ones that involve the ball coming over the net. For this next drill, each partner is two steps back from the net. One partner tosses the ball over the net to his/her partner. The partner sets the ball back, high over the net. If the athletes are capable to keep setting back and forth over the net, have the partners count how many contacts they can make in a row without an error.
You don't want to give away the intent of the serve. So when performing serving volleyball drills, players should avoid changing the serving motion when serving to different spots on the court.
The motion remains the same and it's the speed of the server's arm and subsequent contact that allows the ball to travel short or deep.
Serving a Volleyball
For these volleyball drills, partners face one another across the net.
For all your volleyball drills, getting in position and using good form is key. You will often hear coaches yell, "get your feet to the ball!". This is because the best players are the ones that are the best at getting in position. Always focus on improving anticipation skills and mastering proper technique while practicing volleyball drills.
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