Fun Volleyball Drills For Beginners

Depending on the age group you are coaching, there are different volleyball drills for beginners that you can use for your program. For the younger kids (14 and under), it is proven that you can attract their attention for a longer period of time if you perform fun volleyball drills that tend to be a bit like playing the real game. For older age groups (15 and older), you can maintain interest from the players by performing more competitive drill work. For example, several drills throughout practice should have a goal that needs to be met or should be a team drill that requires a certain score be met in order to win. 

  • Partner drills. At least two or three practices a week should involve partner work. Have one partner line up on the 10-foot line and the other on the base line. The person on the 10-foot line is the tosser. Simply have her toss 10 to 15 balls to the passer and 10 to 15 good passes back to her partner. Then switch and repeat the drill. You can do this setting, and then you can do this with an overhead throw and an overhead pass to work on overhead passing. This can be done with any age group.
  • Shuttle passing. Split up into two groups and line up on each 10-foot line across the net from each other. One ball is needed. Have the first person toss the first ball over the net and then begin passing back and forth over the net. Make the goal to keep the ball in control and below the antennae of the net (trying to maintain accuracy of the height of the pass). After the passer passes, she should go to the end of the line on her side of the net. To make the drill more difficult, have the passer run underneath the net to the other side after she passes. This maintains constant movement throughout the drill.

    You also can do this setting. Break up into groups of three or four and have a tosser, passer and a setter in each group. If you have a fourth person, she will be shagging for your group. You can do this with a left front and back on one side and the setter about five feet from the passer at the net. The tosser should be at the 10-foot line on the other side of the net. Then set up with a right front, right back and setter on the other side of the court. This way you can have two groups going at the same time. If this is not possible for you, have the drill going on both sides of the net with a middle back, left front (hitter) and setter on each side, and have everyone else shag. Whichever group gets 10 good pass-set-hit contacts first gets to stay on (or off) while the loser has to shag.

  • Setting. Have your players line up on the 10-foot line. The first person will toss a ball to herself and set straight up. After she sets, she will run to the end of the line while the entire line shifts over and the next person sets straight up above her head. This drill involves movement and forces the set to be accurate. You want to get your players to maintain focus and really work on setting straight up in front of them so that the next person can come in and do the same thing. This is a very controlled drill.
  • Six-on-six wave. Set up with six people on the court on each side. Lefts should line up on the left side, rights and setters on the right, with middle blockers and liberos (and DSs) lining up in middle back. Any extra players should be lined up on the baseline (off the court) ready to come in when you say "wave." The coach tosses a free ball over the net from the sideline, the ball gets played out and after three to four times through the coach yells "Wave!" At this time, each row of players will shift in one direction. So the front row players on one side will become the front row players across the net. Those front row players who were there will become back row players on the same side. The back row players that were there will step off and go to the lines at the baseline. Those on the baseline will enter the court and become the back row players on the same side. Finally, the back row players who were there will become front row players on the same side. This is a good way to get everybody involved in play.
  • Queen of the court. Split your players into groups of three or four. Players will basically play three on three or four on four. You can do this by introducing free balls or letting them serve. Have someone from each team keep track of their number of wins. The group with the most wins will not have as severe a consequence as the group that loses. For example, whoever wins may have to run two sprints, while each losing group may have to run three sprints.
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