56 Awesome Volleyball Passing Drills to Pass Like a Pro!

56 Awesome Volleyball Passing Drills to Pass Like a Pro!

From beginner to highly skilled players, these drills will work on all of the skills needed to hone passing technique and become deadly accurate.  Ensure that your players will be able to pass the ball accurately in many situations with these drills broken up into:

  • Warm-Up Drills
  • Fundamentals
  • Competition Drills
  • Serve Receive
  • Conditioning Drills

Warm-Up Drills

These drills are great to warm players up while getting lots of touches on the volleyball and can be modified to increase intensity and us at any time during practice.


1. Around the World

Place two or three players in front of the net on both sides of the court.  The rest of the players will pass to these players and receive a return pass.  After the pass they will move to the next player and pass the ball to the next player standing at the net.  The ball should never touch the ground.  When players receive the return pass from each player at the end of the court they will pass the ball in the air to themselves as they walk to the other side of the net to pass to the players lined up on the opposite side.

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The diagram only shows one player working their way around the net, but players will simultaneously work their way around the net.  Challenge players to never let the ball hit the ground and if the drill is too easy have players pick up their pace as they move around the net.


2. Pass and Shuffle

Players will work in pairs to pass a volleyball back and forth working their way from the touchline to the net and back again.  Begin with both players behind the end line about ten to fifteen feet apart.  A pass is played towards the net and the receiving player must shuffle to the volleyball and return the pass.  The players will pass the ball in a zig zag shape to the net, then return behind the end line.

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The players must reach the net and return without the volleyball touching the ground, if the ball touches the ground they must start over.  To make this volleyball drill more challenging force the players to go from end line to end line.  They must play the ball over the net and go under the net to receive it.


3. Passing Merry Go-Round

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Five players will position themselves on one side of the court with two in the front court and three in the back court, the same set-up will be on both sides of the court.  Begin by having one of the players in the back corners pass to a player near the net.  The players follow the passing pattern in the visual until they reach the last player on their side of the court, who then plays the volleyball over the net to a player in the back corner.

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After each player makes their pass they run to the position of the player they passed to.  As volleyballs are passed around each player will make their way to each position on the court.  In order to make this volleyball drill more challenging and engaging have several balls in play at once.  Continue the drill for a designated amount of time or until the players have rotated through each position.


4. Passing Rotation

Players will get into pairs and one player will position themselves at the net and the other at the end line.  The player at the net will throw or hit a volleyball, which ever is consistently accurate, at their partner’s feet.  Their partner will come to the volleyball and pass it back to their partner.

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After the volleyball is passed back each player rotates to the next position.  All three pairs should be conducting this volleyball drill in unison and rotating through after each return pass.

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5. Passing Warm-Up

Split players up into groups of three and they will get a lot of touches on the volleyball, as well as warm up through movement.  Setting Warm-Up1

Players form a triangle shape and the player at the peak of the triangle begins with the volleyball and passes it to one of their team mates.  After they play the volleyball they run around the team mate they passed the volleyball to and position themselves on the opposite side of the triangle.

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The player who received the first pass then plays the volleyball to the third player who has not made contact with the ball yet.  After their pass they run to the position vacated by the player that began the drill.

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The third player passes the volleyball to the player who began the drill in their new position and then runs around them to the opposite side of the triangle.

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The player receiving the pass then passes the volleyball across the triangle and then runs to the position vacated by the third player.  Each player will always pass the volleyball to the same player, but after will rotate running around the player they played it to and running to the position of the player they received the pass from.  Continue the drill and challenge players to get as many passes in as possible before the volleyball touches the ground.


6. The Wheel

Place six to eight players in a circle on the court.  One player steps in the middle of the circle and will pass balls to the players in the circle.  Begin the drill with the coach tossing a ball inside the circle and the player in the middle must pass the ball so that a player on the outside can catch the ball.  Rotate so that each player has a chance to be the player in the middle.  To make this drill more difficult make the circle bigger giving the coach a larger area to toss the volleyball forcing the player in the middle to cover more ground.  Another way to add an element of difficulty is to call out which player the pass must go to while the ball is being tossed.

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7. Next Up

Line players up on the opposite side of the net from the coach.  The coach begins the drill by tossing or hitting a down ball (whichever is more consistently accurate) to the first player in line.  The player must pass the ball over the net to the coach.  If the pass is accurate they move to the side of the net with the coach, if they do not accurately pass the ball they are out.  Continue the drill until only one player is left standing.

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 8. Pass and SetGroups of four will work together to see how many times they can pass then set the ball without the ball touching the ground.  A player will begin by passing the volleyball to two players on the opposite side of the court.  The player that receives will set the ball to their team mate who then passes the ball back to the pair of players that initiated the drill.

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Each pass and set combination counts as one successful repetition, challenge your players to beat their personal best for number of repetitions without the ball touching the ground.  This volleyball drill is a good warm-up and is great for beginners.


9. Two Touch

Split players up into groups of four for this volleyball drill.  Two players line up on one side of the net and the other two on the opposite side of the net.  Begin by having one player hit a volleyball over the net to the opposite players.  They then pass the volleyball once before returning the ball over the net.

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The players receiving the hit pass the ball once and return it back.  Challenge the players to see how many times they can return the volleyball without it touching the ground while only touching the volleyball twice on each side.


10. Passing Pairs

Players will work in pairs during this volleyball drill to pass a volleyball back and forth over the net.  Begin with two lines of players, one on each side of the net.  A volleyball is passed over the net and in front of the receiving player.

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The player then gets into position under the volleyball before it arrives and passes it in front of their position.

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Players continue to pass the volleyball back and forth until they reach the opposite court.  Once they reach the opposite court the next pair begins.


11. Ball Control

Pair players up and set them up on opposite sides of the court.  The drill begins with one player playing a down ball over the net to their partner who must pass the ball to themselves, then set the ball to themselves, and lastly hit the ball over the net to their partner.  Their partner repeats the process and returns the volleyball after a pass and set to themselves.

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Fundamentals

Set a solid foundation for passing skills with these drills or brush up on the fundamentals for more experienced players.


12. Between the Legs

This volleyball drill will work on player’s body positioning to correctly pass a volleyball.  Players line up at one end of the court and the coach sets up about fifteen to twenty feet away.  The drill begins with the coach tossing a volleyball with a high arc into the air.  The first player in line must position themselves correctly and allow the volleyball to pass through their arms and bounce between their legs.  The players do not make contact with the ball, but must focus on staying low and positioning themselves in a manner that allows the ball to bounce through their legs.

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After the first player takes their repetition the coach tosses the next volleyball to the next player in line.  To make this volleyball drill more engaging toss volleyballs to different areas on the court forcing players to move to the volleyball and get in their ready position before the volleyball arrives.


13. Wall Ball

Players will pair up and start by hitting a volleyball against a wall.  The player who did not hit the volleyball against the wall must pass the volleyball against the wall.  The players take turns hitting the volleyball against the wall without the volleyball touching the ground.

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If this volleyball drill is too challenging allow the volleyball to bounce once before a player must hit the ball into the wall.  Challenge players to see how many times they can hit the volleyball with their partner without it touching the ground or bouncing more than once.


14. Touch and Pass

Players will work on getting set before making a pass by partnering up and passing the ball back and forth. One player will begin by playing the volleyball to their partner who will pass the ball up in the air to themselves.  As the ball is in the air they must set their body by moving their feet and return the pass.  The process is repeated.

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Give players feedback throughout the drill so they can incorporate it in their next repetition.  To make this drill more challenging force players to pass the ball to themselves in a certain direction.  For example every time the players pass the ball in the air to themselves it should go to their right forcing them to work on passing a ball that is hit to their right side.  Players can also pass to their left, in front, or behind them.


15. Pass and Go

This is a great way to warm up before a game or practice.  Players form two lines about fifteen to twenty feet away from each other.  Begin by having a player pass a volleyball to the first player in the opposite line.  After the pass the player who passed the ball runs to the back of the opposite line.

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The process is repeated over and over.  Challenge the players to see how many passes they can complete without the ball touching the ground in this volleyball drill.


16. Basic Passing

Set up players on one side of the court and the coach on the opposite side.  The coach plays a volleyball into the player in the back court who then passes the volleyball to a target player at the net.
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After the pass the target player must set the ball.  The goal is to pass a volleyball to the target player that can be set to attack.  For every successful pass that reaches the target player and is able to be successfully set the player earns a point.  Every errant pass or pass that is unable to be set does not earn a point.  After the set the players rotate with the passer becoming the setter, the setter going to the back of the line, and the next player in line becoming the new passer.  Complete ten repetitions for each player and the player with the most points at the end of the drill wins.


17. High Repetition Pass

Group players into groups of three.  One player sets up on one side of the court and the other two on the opposite side.  The player on the side of the court by themselves hits or throws, whichever is more consistently accurate, a volleyball to a player in the back court who passes a volleyball to a player at the net.  The player at the net returns the volleyball to the player on the opposite side of the net and the drill is repeated.

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After three to five minutes have the player at the net switch to the opposite side of the court and repeat the drill.  To make this volleyball drill more dynamic after the pass is played in to the player at the net they return the volleyball to the passer and go under the net to receive a pass from the player who served in the previous repetition.  The passer in the previous repetition becomes the new server.  The player at the net will go under the net after each repetition.


18. Left-Right

Enhance players ability to properly get set before they pass a volleyball by having them pass balls played into them a few feet out of their reach.  Players will pair up and stand about ten to fifteen feet away from each other to begin this volleyball drill.  One player hits or throws a volleyball, which ever is consistently more accurate, with pace at about hip height to their partner.  The volleyball should be thrown either directly in front of them, slightly to their left, or slightly to their right.

Left-Right The player receiving the ball must properly get set and pass the volleyball back to their partner.  Focus on getting set before the volleyball arrives and ensuring that players are aware of their form as they pass the volleyball back.  The players switch roles after three to five minutes.

 

 

 


19. Passing Position

Pair players up and begin the drill with one player tossing the ball to their partner.  The toss should be high in the air and give their partner plenty of time to move their feet to get into proper position.  The player receiving the toss will then pass the ball back to their partner.  Focus on players working to move to the ball with their feet and establishing position before the volleyball comes to them.  Each toss should be to a different location on the court, ensure that players are focusing on form and moving their feet in this drill.

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20. Name Passing Game

This is a great volleyball drill for new teams to get to know each other.  Line up players on opposite sides of the net in a straight line.  One player begins by passing a volleyball to a player on the opposite side of the net, but before they pass it they must call out the name of the player they are passing to.  The volleyball is returned back over the net in the same manner.

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21. Passing Line

Set up two lines of player, one along the net and another on one side of the court.  All of the players lined up along the net will have a ball.  The drill begins with the first player in line receiving a toss of the first player along the net.  They then pass the ball back to the player along the net and shuffle over to the next player along the net.

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The next player in line moves to the front and returns the toss with a pass.

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Once a player shuffles through all of the players along the net, they return to the line and repeat the rotation.  Allow every player to move through the line around ten times then rotate so the players tossing the ball now become the passers.


22. Back Pass

Split players up into groups of three with two players about twenty feet from each other and the third player in between them.  Begin by having one player pass a volleyball to the player in the middle who is facing the player who passes the ball.  The player in the middle then back passes the ball to the player behind them.

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After back passing the ball the player in the middle turns around to receive a pass from the player behind them.  The player who received the back pass passes the ball  to the player in the middle who then back passes to the player that started the drill.

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Continue this sequence as many times as possible and challenge the players to complete as many repetitions as possible without the ball touching the ground.


23. Clockwork

Set up a passer in the middle of the net and a target player to their left or right.  A third player will rotate around the passer and toss balls into the passer to pass to the target player.

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The player that is rotating around the passer should have plenty of balls to continuously feed the passer.  After they toss a ball in they should be moving to their next position at a different angle on the court for the next ball to be tossed.

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The passer should remain in the same position for the entire drill so they will be able to get repetitions passing balls played in from different angles to the target player.


24. Two Ball Passing

Players will line up on both sides of the court just behind the three meter line and a passer will be in the middle near the net.  This volleyball drill begins with a player in one line passing a volleyball to the player in the middle then running to the net.

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The player in the middle then passes the volleyball to the player at their new position at the net.

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The player that initiated the drill then positions themselves to pass the ball to the next player in line.  After the player in the middle passes the volleyball the player in the opposite line passes a volleyball into the player in the middle and runs to the net.

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The same process is repeated on the opposite side of the court and the player in the middle will then receive the next volleyball from the side of the court that initiated the drill.  Rotate the player in the middle so that lots of players have the opportunity to be in the middle, or place a coach in this position.


Competition Drills

Hone passing skills and add some game-like intensity by introducing some competition into your practice.


25. Chatter

The focus in this volleyball drill is communication between players.  Split players into teams of four.  Two teams will compete against each other at one time with one team serving and the other receiving.  The receiving team must communicate and determine who will receive the volleyball and pass it to a target area.

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Every volleyball that lands in the target area and reaches its peak over the net is a point, every pass outside the target area earns no points.  After fifteen repetitions the teams switch roles and the team with the most points wins.  To make this volleyball drill more challenging allow the serving team to earn a point for an ace.


26. First to 11

Two players will compete against each other to be the first to successfully pass a volleyball to the coach 11 times.  Players will pair up with opposite pairs on each side of the net, the coach positions themselves at the net as the target player.  One pair of players serves a volleyball into the opposite pair who takes turns attempting to pass the volleyball to the coach.  Every successful pass to the coach that does not require the coach to move to reach the ball earns a point.  The first player to 11 wins.

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After a player reaches 11 successful passes the pairs switch roles and the other pair competes.  To make this volleyball drill more challenging the coach can change locations forcing the players to work on passing to different areas of the court and remain engaged mentally.


27. Gym Ball

This is a fun volleyball drill that works on passing and communication.  Divide players into two teams, it is fine if the numbers are greater than six v. six. A team scores a point every time the volleyball touches the ground, the difference between this drill and a regular game of volleyball is that the ball is not dead after it touches the ground.  The ball is dead if it is rolling on the ground.  A team may win one of two ways, if the volleyball is rolling on the ground the team who last successfully hit the ball over the net automatically wins or if the team is the first to reach twenty five points (meaning the volleyball bounced twenty five times).  The reason this drill is called “Gym Ball” is because there are no boundaries, the volleyball is always in play and teams have an unlimited number of touches to play the volleyball over the net.  When they play the volleyball over the net it must be within the normal boundaries of the court.  If the volleyball is played outside the normal boundaries of the court the team that hit the volleyball out of bounds must retrieve the volleyball before it begins to roll and bring back to their side of the net and hit it over legally.  Any bounces that occur are points for the other team (a note if the ball bounces three times before a player is able to make contact that is three points for the other team.) Players may position themselves anywhere in the gym.  This volleyball drill seems like chaos but by having the volleyball always live, having unlimited number of touches, and players able to position themselves anywhere lots of passes and touches occur.  Players can use form not usually allowed in a game to get a volleyball off the ground, for example they can scoop or kick the ball into the air.  Ensure that touches after the ball is lifted from its bounce are quality passes.


28. Tag

This is a high intensity volleyball drill that will demand a lot of the players.  Players pair up and three pairs line up along the end line.  Another player is at the net as a target player.  The coach begins the drill by playing a volleyball over the net to a player who must reach the volleyball then pass it to the target player.  The coach should play the volleyball to a location on the court that challenges the players to get there in time to pass it to the target player.  After the player passes the volleyball they must run back and tag their partner and turn around for the next ball.

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Immediately after the coach plays the first volleyball they play the next ball into the next player and work their way through each player playing one ball right after the previous.  The quickness in which the coach plays the balls dictates the intensity of this volleyball drill.

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Pairs earn points for every ball they play into the target player that can be set to attack.  Run the volleyball drill for two minutes then have the partners switch roles.


29. One on One

Players will pair up and play a game against each other and are only allowed to pass the volleyball.  Break the court up into smaller courts with cones (no net is needed for the one on one game).

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Players will pass the ball back and forth and are only allowed one touch.  The game is started with a pass not a serve and scoring is like a regular game.  The first player to eleven wins and they must win by two points.  To add an additional element of difficulty require players to pass to themselves first before they hit a return pass.


30. In Play

This is a fun drill where all players try to keep the volleyball off of the ground for as many passes as possible.  Challenge the team to reach a new record number of passes every time the drill is run.  To add a level of competition split the team up into two groups and have them see which group can string the highest number of passes together.


31. Tag Team

Split players up into two teams on opposite sides of the net.  Three players from each team will be on the court and the rest will stand behind the end line.  The teams will compete against each other three on three but may not hit the ball over the net, they must tip or pass the ball over the net.  After a player passes or tips the ball over the net they must run to the end line and tag another teammate in to take their place.
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Each side must complete two passes before passing or tipping the ball over the net.  The first team to eleven wins.

32. Popcorn

This fun volleyball drill will work on player’s passing ability as well as communication and court awareness.  Split players up into two teams with all players on one side of the court.  One team begins by passing the ball in the air, the opposite team must be the next one to pass the ball.  If they do not and the ball touches the ground the team that last passed the ball earns a point.

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The teams will continue to pass the volleyball after the opposing team until the ball touches the ground.  Each pass must be above the height of the net to count.  The first team to twelve points wins.

A fun variation of this drill is to remove a player from the team that was unable to successfully return a pass.  A team wins the game if they have all of their players left on the court.  For example if two teams of four are competing and the blue team as demonstrated in the diagram fails to return a pass from the black team they would lose a player.  Play would resume four versus three and continue until one team loses all of its players.


33. Volley-Golf

During this drill players will pair up and attempt to pass a volleyball into a designated target zone aka the hole.  In order to move closer to the hole players must pass the volleyball back and forth.  The ball may not touch the ground anywhere outside of the hole, if it does the players must go back to the start and try again.   The goal is to pass the volleyball into the hole with the least number of passes.  If a player passes the ball directly into the hole it is a hole in one. Get creative and have players begin from different locations on the court and pass a volleyball back and forth while they move towards the hole, shown as the orange cones.

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Placing the hole on the opposite side of the net from the starting position offers a unique challenge to either hit the ball over the net into the hole, or players can elect to pass the ball over the net and continue to pass back and forth until they are very close to the hole.  This fun volleyball drill can be modified to only allow players to set the ball back and forth.  Hole locations and starting locations can be changed allowing this drill to remain engaging and fun for players after many repetitions.


34. Elimination

Begin by grouping players into groups of five.  Players will form a circle and pass the ball in a star pattern, after every pass they must complete an action.  For example, they must do one push-up or spin around three times, the coach chooses what the action is, get creative, but do not select an action that takes lots of time to complete.

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If a player is unable to complete the action before the volleyball makes its way back around to them they are eliminated.  Players are also eliminated for an inaccurate pass.  When four players remain pass the ball in a figure eight pattern and when three players remain pass the ball around the triangle.  After the third player is eliminated the remaining two players are declared the winners.

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35. Double Pass

Players are split up into groups of four and the court is split into two sections as marked by the dotted line in the diagram.  Begin by playing a volleyball in to either side and the team of four must pass a volleyball across the dotted line to their team mates before passing over the net.  Passes are the only hit allowed in this volleyball drill.  Teams are limited to three passes to get the volleyball over the net.

Double Set

The team scores a point if the other team is unable to return the volleyball or if they are unable to return a ball without passing over the dotted line.


36. 3 v. 3

Divide the players into teams of three and have two teams play each other at a time with the other teams waiting behind the court.  The coach begins the drill by playing a volleyball in hard with pace forcing the player to dig the ball to a setter.  After the successful dig the play begins similar to a regular match and the setter will play a volleyball to be hit by one of their other teammates.  The other team must then dig (no blocking in this volleyball drill)  and return the volleyball.  If a team allows the volleyball to go dead they must leave the court and another team takes their place.  The new team is the first to receive a volleyball from the coach and dig to attack.

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Every time a team remains on the court they score a point, play the game for a pre-determined amount of time and the team with the most points at the end wins.  Another scoring variation for this fun volleyball drill is to declare the winning team as the team who was able to stay on the court the longest.  If a team scores seven straight points and every other team only scored three consecutive the team with seven in a row wins regardless of the overall score.


37. Six v. Three

Set-up six players on one side of the court in their rotation and three blockers and a server on the opposite side of the court.  The drill begins with the server serving the volleyball and the players on the opposite side must build an attack.  After the six players are able to build three successful attacks the players rotate positions.  An attack is considered to be successful if the six players are able to hit the volleyball.  Even if the volleyball is blocked it is still considered a successful attack.  Encourage blockers to work on their ability to read the hitters during this drill.

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This drill will give players lots of repetitions receiving a serve and place the emphasis on the first pass to build the attack.


Serve Receive

Use these drills to work on player’s ability to build an attack off of an opponents serve.


38. Server v. Passer

Three players will be on the court, a server, passer, and a target player.  The server’s objective is to prevent the passer from passing the volleyball to the target player and the passer must successfully pass a volleyball to a target player that can be set without taking more than one step from their original position.  The server may only serve the volleyball to the same side of the court that the passer is on.  Once either the server or passer complete their objective three times in a row they become the target player and the target player takes their position.

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39. Reload

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Three players will set up on one side of the court with another target player at the net.  A player on the opposite side of the court will serve a volleyball in to the three players on the opposite side of the court.  The three players must communicate and one will pass the volleyball to the target player.

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After the pass is made the player who served the volleyball rotates to the end of the line on the opposite side of the court, the player who passed the volleyball becomes the new target player, the target player becomes the new server, and the next player in line becomes one of the three players receiving the serve.  Keep the intensity up during this volleyball drill to add a conditioning element.  To increase the intensity have a couple players in line to serve the ball over the net allowing for serves to be played in at a faster pace.


40. Basic Serve Receive

This drill will work on player’s ability to receive a serve and also their communication.  Start by placing three players near the end line with a target player at the net and a server on the opposite side of the court. The server will serve the volleyball into the three players who must communicate and pass the ball to the target player.

Basic Serve Receive

The three players must successfully pass to the target player seven times, once they complete seven in a row another group of three rotates in.  This drill can be modified to be a competition among the passers and the server.  For every successful pass the passers will receive one point and for every ace the server hits they will lose three points.  If the score is above zero after fifteen repetitions the passer wins, if the score is below zero the server wins.


41. Rapid Pass

Players will pair up with one serving and the other on the other side of the net.  The server will serve the volleyball to their partner who will pass the ball to a target player or coach.  Set-up the drill so that two pairs can use the same side of the court and take turns serving to the player receiving the serve.  After fifteen repetitions switch roles.

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42. Side to Side

Split players up into groups of three.  One player will be the server, the other the passer, and the third the target.  The passer and the target set up on side of the net and the server sets up on the opposite side.  Begin the drill with the server serving the ball to one side of the passer.  The passer must move their feet and position themselves to make a pass to the target player.

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After the passer passes the ball they return to the starting position and the server serves another ball.  The server should hit to both sides of the passer and mix up the pattern to keep the passer mentally engaged.  After the passer has had around fifteen repetitions rotate roles and allow every player to be the passer.


43. Competition Serve Receive

This is a modified version of the basic serve receive drill and is suited to players with intermediate to advanced skills.  The set up is similar to the basic serve receive except that there is an additional server and other players on the end line.

Competition Serve Receive

The drill begins with one of the servers serving the ball over the net to one of the passers.  The passer must accurately pass the volleyball to the target player.  If they accurately pass the ball they stay on the court, if they do not another player rotates in.  The two servers should be serving balls rapidly one after the other to keep the drill moving at a fast pace.  The player who is able to accurately pass the highest number of volleyballs in a row wins.


44. One-Two

Players will get into groups of three and the groups will set up on opposite sides of the net.  One group begins by serving a volleyball into the opposite group who must pass the volleyball twice, the first pass to another team mate and the second to the coach positioned at the net.

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Focus on communication and to make the repetitions more dynamic the coach can change locations throughout the drill.


Conditioning Drills

These drills will work on passing skills, but also include an element to work on players fitness.


45. Cross Fire

Players will work on passing a volleyball to a target area or player from multiple angles on the court during this volleyball drill.  The coach starts on the opposite side of the net from a player and plays a volleyball that will force the player to move to reach.  The player must then pass the volleyball to a designated area on the court.Cross Fire1Cross Fire2Cross Fire3Cross Fire4

Each player will receive four balls, each played to a different area of the court.  After each volleyball is passed to the target area the player must return to their staring location.  Focus on form and approach and emphasize getting into proper position before the volleyball arrives.  The pace should be quick and challenging, but not frantic.


46. Russian Passing Drill

Players are split up into groups of three to start this volleyball drill, two will hit or throw, whichever is more consistently accurate, a volleyball to a player in between them.  Start by having the player in the middle face one of the other players.  The player on the outside will hit or throw the volleyball to the player in the middle who will then pass the ball back.  The player in the middle will then turn around and back pedal away from the opposite player and repeat the process.

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Each player on the ends must have a volleyball and the player in the middle will work on retreating and returning the ball to their team mate.  The repetitions should last from three to five minutes and after a complete repetition rotate so every player is in the middle at least once during this volleyball drill.


47. Laterals

Players will work on their lateral movement with a conditioning element in this drill.  Pair players up and set them about ten feet apart.  One player will begin with the ball and have a cone placed to their right and left.  The player with the ball begins the drill by passing the volleyball to their partner and after there pass they must shuffle laterally to one of the cones and return to their starting position before the pass is returned.  Laterals1

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Once the pass is returned the player will pass the ball back to their partner and repeat the process, but this time shuffle to the opposite cone.  Once a player has successfully completed ten passes without the ball touching the ground they switch places with their partner.  A variation of this drill to add more difficulty is to have both players shuffle laterally after the pass the ball.


48. Pick Yourself Up

Players will line up along the end line and lay down on their stomach facing toward the net.  Have the players count off so each of them is assigned a number.

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The coach is positioned at the front of the net and begins the drill by calling out one of the numbers.

Pick Yourself Up2Once a player’s number is called they must get up quickly and receive a pass from the coach.  The coach then will toss or bounce pass a ball (the variation keeps players on their feet) to a spot on the court.

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The player must move their feet and get is a position to return the volleyball to the coach.  Continue this drill until every player has had the opportunity to have the desired amount of repetitions.

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49. Five Points

Place two players near the net who will throw the ball overhand to the passers lined up on the end line.  The drill begins with a toss to the first cone.  The passer shuffles to the cone and returns the volleyball with a pass.  After they pass the ball back the shuffle back to the starting position and the next volleyball is thrown to the next cone by the other throwing player.  The process is repeated until the player has passed the ball from all five points.

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The tosses should be thrown with some pace to challenge the passers.  To make this drill more challenging number the cones one through five and have the tosser call out which cone they are going to throw the ball to before they throw it.  Each passer will run the drill for thirty seconds to one minute.


50. The W

Players will work on their footwork and moving to the volleyball in this drill.  Set-up cones on the court to form the shape of a W with players lined up on one end.  Two players or coaches stand at the net and will throw the ball overhand or hit a down ball to the players who must hit a return pass.

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After the passer hits their second return pass from the middle cone the next player begins the drill.  Ensure that players are always facing the net during this drill and moving their feet to get into position before they return the volleyball with a pass.


51. Double Play

A passer positions themselve in the middle of the net, with two target players, one to their left and one to their right.  Two additional passers position themselves in the backcourt.  The target player begins this volleyball drill by playing a ball into a passer in the back court who then passes the ball to the passer in the front middle of the net.  The passer must pass the volleyballball back to the target player.

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Once the passer in the back court passes the ball to the passer in the front middle of the net, the opposite target player should pass their ball into their passer.  Two balls should be in play at all times and the passer in the front middle of the net should be receiving passes at a frequent pace.


52. Double Play Variation

In this variation the drill is run the same as Double Play, but after the passer passes the ball they must run around a marker either at the side line or the end line and return to their original position where a ball is played into them by the target player.

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This variation adds a conditioning element and will increase the engagement from the passing players.


53. Pass and Run

Players will work at a fast pace and get a lot of repetitions in this volleyball drill.  Four players position themselves near the corners of the court, two of them have a ball.  A fifth player positions themselves in the middle.  Begin by having one of the players on the corners pass a volleyball into the fifth player who then passes the volleyball to a player in the opposite corner.  After the pass they run around a marker on the sideline and repeat the process with the players on the opposite side of the court.

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54. Against Yourself

This is a really fun volleyball drill that challenges players skills and endurance.  Begin with three players on one side of the court with the opposite side of the court empty.  The drill begins with one player passing the ball to a teammate.  After they pass the volleyball they run under the net to the opposite side of the court.

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Now two players are on one side of the court and the third is on the opposite.  The player receiving the first pass then passes the volleyball to the third teammate.  After they pass the ball they run under the net to the opposite side of the court.

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The third player that receives the second pass passes the volleyball over the net to the player that started the drill.  After they pass the ball over the net they run to the opposite side of the court.

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The process repeats itself on the opposite side of the net.  A player will pass the ball, then run to the opposite side of the court.  Players should pass the ball with plenty of height to allow themselves time to run under the net and set up to receive the pass from the third player.  The group of players will continue passing and playing the ball over the net to themselves until the ball hits the ground.  Once the ball hits the ground a new group of three players runs the drill.  Challenge the groups of three to see how many times they can play the ball over the net without the volleyball touching the ground.


55. Nine Person Pepper

Begin with six players on one side of the court and three on the opposite side of the court.  The drill is initiated by the coach playing a volleyball to the side of the court with six players.  The six players must build an attack and play the ball over the net.

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After the volleyball is played over the net, the front line runs under the net and must build an attack with the three players that started the drill on the opposite side of the net.

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The players build an attack and play the ball under the net and the frontline players again run under the net to the opposite side of the court.

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Continue this process until the ball is dead.  After the ball dies switch the players so that every line has the opportunity to be the front line that is running under the net.  Switching allows all players in this volleyball conditioning drill to work on their fitness and allows the other players time to rest.


56. React and Pass

Passers will line up one side side of the court and a target player is placed at the front of the net.  The coach will begin this volleyball drill by tossing a ball with some height to an area on the court.  The passer will react to the toss and position themselves to pass the ball to the target player.

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The volleyballs should be tossed to different areas on the court to work on passing from different positions to a target player.  Also periodically switch the position of the target player.  The pace of this drill is dictated by how quickly the volleyballs are tossed, once one is tossed another should be on its way and the next passer in line should be ready to track it down.


 

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