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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Focus on communication and to make the repetitions more dynamic the coach can change locations throughout the drill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Passing Merry Go-Round
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.