Basic Volleyball Drills

The following basic volleyball drills are really designed to teach and reinforce proper volleyball movement on the court, and teach proper form used to execute various skills needed to play the game.

The reason for these drills is to the "hopefully" stop an athlete from starting or forming bad habits when executing forearm or overhead passes etc...

Movement Volleyball Drills

1.  Move N' Catch A Rolled Ball

Here's a very simple drill to have the players move appropriately to ball rolled slowly.

Action:  (3 sets with 10 repetitions)

  1. Players must start in the basic ready position.
  2. The ball is then rolled by their partner in different directions as shown in diagram (changing sides with each rep).
  3. The player must use proper court movements in angles of 30 - 45 degrees to retrieve the ball.
  4. The ball is rolled back to their partner and player returns to their ready position.

Things to watch for:

  • Good ready position
  • move at 45 degree angles with good form
  • good balance when catching the ball
Move 'N Catch A Rolled Volleyball Drill

2.  Move N' Catch A Tossed Ball

This drill is much the same as the first one, but now the players will be moving appropriately to retrieve a tossed ball.

Action:  (3 sets with 10 repetitions)

  1. Players must start in the basic ready position.
  2. The ball is then tossed by their partner in different directions as shown in diagram (changing sides with each rep).
  3. The player must use proper court movements in angles of 30 - 45 degrees to retrieve the ball.
  4.   The ball is tossed back to their partner and player returns to their ready position.

Things to watch for:

  • Good ready position
  • move at 45 degree angles with good form
  • good balance when catching the ball
Move 'N Catch A Tossed Volleyball Drill

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Forearm Passing Drills

I think we can all agree that forearm passing is a pretty critical skill that each and every volleyballer must learn to do extremely well in order to be a successful and effective player on the court.

So with that said, let's look at some drills that can be used to teach the proper execution of this skill.

1.  Ready To Pass

This drill will help players develop proper forearm passing skill and form starting in their ready position.

Action:  (4 sets with 10 repetitions)

  1. Players should begin the drill in their ready position.
  2. The passing player's partner (aka the tosser) should be across from them roughly 5 meters away.
  3. The tosser should toss the ball about 1 to 2 meters in front of their partner, forcing them to move into position, and properly form their passing platform with their arms to pass the ball back to their target.
  4. To increase the challenge and difficulty of this drill after the first two sets, have the tosser toss the balls slightly off to the side at varying times to their partner.

This to watch for:

  • Players are moving toward and positioning their body well toward the ball.
  • Players are NOT standing up straight legged to pass the ball.
  • Players are NOT swinging their arms to pass the ball.
  • Players are passing in a relaxed split positioned stance and are NOT tensed up with their shoulders up around their ears!

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