Hitting Volleyball Drills

Hitting Volleyball Drills

Attack and Defend

Set up one side of the court with your normal formation and have three players on the opposite side of the net.  A player serves a volleyball into the attacking side who then builds an attack.  After a volleyball is attempted to be hit over the net one of the players on the opposite side of the net sets a volleyball to the other player who then hits the ball into the attacking side.

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The attacking side must then build another attack and hit the volleyball over the net. Focus on successfully hitting the ball over the net and also recovering to defend after an attack in this volleyball drill.


Basic Hitting

Use this volleyball drill to emphasize form and work on technique from approach to follow through.  The coach begins by playing a volleyball into the hitter.

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The hitter then passes the volleyball to the setter.  The volleyball is set for the hitter to attack.

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Emphasize proper footwork and a strong approach to the volleyball.  The hitter then hits the volleyball over the net.

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The hitter then retrieves their volleyball and returns to the back of the line.  This is a great volleyball drill for teaching the basics and can be used for beginners and even more advanced players to sharpen and hone their skills.


Block, Block, Hit

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Begin by having players line up on one side of the net.  The coach signals for the drill to begin and the first player in line must approach the net jump and “block” a volleyball, then repeat and “block” again.  In order to ensure maximum effort is being put into each block attempt set a standard height that must be reached and is appropriate for the players.  For example, elbows must reach over the top of the net for a “block” to count.

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After the second “block” the player will maneuver around the coach to hit a volleyball thrown to them.  Keep the intensity up during this volleyball drill and players will learn to remain aggressive while fighting fatigue.


Boom Boom Boom

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Players will work on hitting the volleyball over the net from different positions on the court by tossing a volleyball to themselves from the back, middle, and front court.  Players should be in pairs and their partner supplies the volleyballs to keep the pace of the drill up.


Defend to Attack 

Hitters will work on transitioning to attack after a successful block.  Two players in the front of the net “block” a volleyball and then quickly recover to their defensive positions.

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As the players are getting into their defensive positions the coach plays a volleyball into the setter who then sets up the attack. Defend to Attack3


Four on Four

Four on Four

Split up players into teams of four with two hitters on each team.  Play begins with the coach playing a volleyball in, the team must build an attack and one of the players in the back court must set a ball for one of the two hitters to attack.  Continue this volleyball drill until the ball goes dead, then the coach plays in a new volleyball and the process is repeated.


Hitting Duel

Two hitters will face off in this duel volleyball drill to see who can accumulate the most kills.  The coach plays a volleyball into a setter who then sets the volleyball for one of the hitters. The hitter hits the volleyball over the net and a point is scored for every successful kill.  If the players on the other side dig the volleyball no point is scored.  The next volleyball is set to the other hitter and the process is repeated.  Each hitter will be given the opportunity to attack twelve balls and the player with the highest number of kills wins.

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Options

The setter will have the option as to which hitter to play to, causing both hitters to prepare their approach.  Start by having a player pass a volleyball to the setter who then decides which direction to set the volleyball.  The player that passed the ball in becomes the setter for the next repetition.

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Work with the hitters on their approach and disguising which one will receive the volleyball during this volleyball drill.  After twelve to fifteen repetitions switch out the hitters.


Peak

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Three players line up along the net, each with a volleyball.  A hitter begins at one end of the net and will catch a ball thrown by the players at the peak of their jump.  Have the players along the net throw the volleyball with different trajectories to work on attacking a variety of passes.

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After the hitter has run through, they repeat the process three to five more times.  Then a new hitter runs through while the other rests, keep the intensity up during this volleyball drill to add a conditioning element.  Emphasize the approach and timing of the jump.


Rapid Hitting

A lot of repetitions are able to be completed during this volleyball drill.  Line up a setter near the net and two to three hitters along the side of the court.  A mirror image of this set up should be on the opposite side of the court.  The hitter will play a volleyball into the setter who will then return for the hitter to attack.

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The hitter then attacks the volleyball and will retrieve it and join the line on the opposite side of the court.

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Target Practice

Set up a few players in an area of the court where hitters are encouraged to attack.  These players will be the “target” by adding more players the target is easier to hit and less is more of a challenge.  The hitter successfully hits the target if the player(s) are able to catch or make contact with the volleyball without moving their feet.  Begin the drill by having a player pass a volleyball to a setter who then sets the ball for the hitter to attack the target.

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The target players should be moved periodically to work on attacking different areas of the court.  Have each hitter repeat the drill ten to fifteen times and the one with the most targets hit wins.


Technique

This is a basic volleyball drill to work on hitting technique.  Players will not leave their feet and work on the proper arm motion when attacking, a more advanced version of this volleyball drill has players tossing a volleyball to themselves and hitting the volleyball to their partner.  Player work in pairs and hit the ball back and forth to each other.  This is also a great drill for warm-ups.

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Triple Hit

Hitters will attack three volleyballs, the first will be from a standing position with no approach.  The coach begins this volleyball drill by tossing a volleyball to be hit.

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After the volleyball is hit the player back pedals half way to the end line.  The coach then tosses the second volleyball for the hitter to attack.

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After the second volleyball is hit the player back pedals to the end line.  The coach then tosses the third and final volleyball to be hit.

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After three hits the next player begins their repetition with a standing hit.  Have the players retrieve the volleyballs and return to the end of the line after they have completed the drill.


Twice as Nice

Three players position themselves on one side of the court, with one at the net and two in the back court.  One player sets up on the opposite side of the net.  The player on the opposite side of the net and one of the players in the back court have a volleyball.  The player without a ball in the back court is the hitter.  This volleyball drill begins with the player hitting or throwing (whichever is more accurate) a volleyball to the hitter, who then passes the volleyball to the setter.

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The hitter then attacks the volleyball and plays it over the net.  After the ball is played the second player in the back court passes their volleyball to the setter who then sets the ball for the hitter to attack.

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