Serving Volleyball Drills

Serving Volleyball Drills

Anchored

One player will serve to other players on the opposite side of the court placed in locations where players are encouraged to serve to.  The server must serve a volleyball and the players on the opposite side of the court attempt to catch the serve while only taking one step from their original position.  Every successful catch earns a point, all players serve twelve to fifteen times and the one with the most points wins.

Anchored


Around the World

Split the court up into six zones with tape or cones.  The zones are labeled one through six and players will serve to each zone on the court beginning with zone one.  Once they serve a volleyball that lands in zone one they can move onto zone two and so on.  Challenge players to land a volleyball in each zone and travel “around the world” with the lowest number of serves possible.  Each player should attempt to set a personal best each round.

Around the World


Bull’s Eye

Split players up into two teams that will set up on opposite sides of the court.  The players will serve attempting to land a serve into a target area marked by cones or tape.  A serve that lands in the target area earns a point and a serve outside of the area earns no points.  After two minutes tally up the number of points each team has and declare a winner.

Bull's Eye

To keep the pace up allow players to serve from both sides, once they serve and retrieve their volleyball they can serve to the target on the side of the court they previously served from.


Bull’s Eye with Pressure

To make Bull’s Eye more dynamic add players in the court outside of the target area, these players are not allowed to go into the target area or reach into the target area.  Every serve that lands in the target area is two points, but if the players outside of the target area catch a serve without entering the target area it is negative one point.

Bull's Eye with Pressure


Four for Six

Players pair up and attempt to serve to a particular area of the court.  Players set up on opposite sides of the court and serve a volleyball back and forth to each other.  The first player begins by serving to a designated zone and the other player determines if they have successfully landed their serve in that zone.  Each player serves six times with the goal of getting a minimum of four serves in the designated zone.

Four for Six


Head to Head

Players will compete with a partner to serve as many volleyballs as possible to a target zone.  Each player will serve twelve times and the one with the most successful serves into the target area wins.

Head to Head


Horse

This volleyball drill is a modified version of the basketball competition where players try to match each other’s shot.  One player begins by calling out which zone they are aiming for, if they successfully land their serve in that zone the other player must repeat the shot.  If they do not land it in the stated zone the other player is allowed to choose which zone they will target.  For every shot that a player is unable to replicate they receive a letter, for example if a player calls out zone 1 and they hit zone one and the other player fails to serve into zone one they receive and “H”.  The first player to spell horse loses.

Horse


Position After Serve

Focus on getting into position quickly after a serve with this volleyball drill.  A player will serve a volleyball to a player on the opposite side of the net who will pass it to a target player.  After the player serves the volleyball they must get into defensive position quickly and the coach plays a volleyball that forces them to move their feat to reach.

Position After Serve

The player must pass the volleyball back to the coach.  In order to keep the pace up on this volleyball drill each player in the serving line should have a volleyball and the coach should have several volleyballs ready to be played to the serving player after they have served.


Race to Fifteen

Split the court up into the sections in the diagram with tape or cones.

Race to 15

Players will compete at once to see who can get to fifteen points first. This volleyball drill is a race and players should hustle to retrieve their ball and get back to the end line to serve again.  To make the volleyball drill more challenging the point total can be changed to a higher number.


Serving Warm-Up

Use this volleyball drill to warm players up and work on their serving form.  Players will line up behind the end line and serve their volleyball over the net.  After the serve they jog to retrieve their volleyball and serve from the opposite side of the court.

Serving WarmUp


Sniper Serve

Place targets on a wall about ten feet above the ground, the targets can be as simple as two pieces of tape creating an X.  Players will all start out an equal distance from their target, about fifteen feet away.  Every time they successfully hit their target they take one step back and serve again.  Every time they miss the target they take a step closer to the target.  Run this volleyball drill for about two minutes and the person farthest from the target wins.

Sniper Serve