Drills Advanced - Teaching
Volleyball Strategies and Tactics
Volleyball drills advanced - section focuses on teaching strategies and
This section provides
drills, which use already learned basic skills to learn a
deeper understanding of the game.
Goal 1 - Learning Volleyball in Game-like
In this section
the volleyball skills, which we
have been introduced already will be used in
Goal 2 - Tactical Understanding
Another goal is to develop tactical
understanding of the game.
Drills Advanced - How to Teach Players to Be Good at the
Game of Volleyball, Not in Drills?
There has been lots of talk in the volleyball community about
importance of letting players play, instead of running drills, which
are not taken place in the game context.
For example traditional two-man peppering have been one of the drills
How the Volleyball Drills Should Look Like?
1. The volleyball should be flying over the net.
opponent should be playing in the other side of the net.
3. Use Game-like sequences. Work on cooperation with
I.e. in the hitting drills, the volleyball should be
set to the spiker, not tossed - just like in the game. In the blocking
drills, the block should be practiced against
the setter and approaching hitter. In the
digging drills, make sure the opponent
ball to defender over the net, etc.
Let's see a couple of simple examples how we could replace the
traditional two-men peppering.
Volleyball Drills Advanced Warm Up - Over the Net
Instead of doing a tradional two man ball peppering off the net,
players should move to perform this warm up over the net and hitting
the ball over the net.
Pass, Set, Spike, Dig
The players should form three-man groups in the both sides of the net.
One player being passer, one setter and one hitter.
Each court side
could have even three of those groups next to each other, which means
even 18 players could be warming up on the one court. 12
players, if the court is divided into two halves.
Start by serving the ball over. The other team passes, sets
and hits the ball over. Set or bump the ball over for few
minutes until you get warm. Players rotate clockwise after the ball is
delivered over the net.
Players start approaching and hitting the ball over the net to the
defender when they are warm enough.
These attacks could be performed behind the 10-feet line to make sure
the rallies will be longer.
Volleyball Drills Advanced Passing Warm Up - Two
Man Serve, Pass, Set
Form two-man groups, one being the passer and other one the
target/setter. A group starts by serving the volleyball over the net.
The serve receiver passes the volleyball to the
target who catches or performs a set.
Next receiving team
switches and the target/setter runs to the back court and serves the
volleyball to the other side. (Players get warm really quick since
players have to move a lot when changing the positions.) The cycle
Two Man -
Pass, Set, Spike, Dig
Two-men teams could also perform a similar serve-pass-set-spike warm up
The receiver approaches and hits the ball over the net to the
defender who digs the ball up to the setter who sets, etc.
Players can switch positions in the own side after delivering the
Do the same behind 10 feet.
Volleyball Drills Advanced Hitting Drills
Other drills being
criticised have been i.e. volleyball hitting drills in which the coach
volleyball to the spikers - or "warm up swings" in which the
spiker tosses the ball to the setter before approaching and
Drills Advanced - How
to Set Up Volleyball Spiking Drill?
1. The setter should be setting the ball to the hitter, not tossing.
2. The ball should be served or tossed over the net. The serve receiver
should pass the ball to the setter. (If not possible to use
sides, at least have somebody tossing a "pass-like" toss to
setter who sets the ball.)
3. The spiker
should have blockers to block the ball - and defenders to dig
...so basically all the drills should remind the game
as much as possible.
...which is a great thing because we all just love to play. Who
wouldn't like to play games?
Volleyball Drills Advanced - Mini Games on the Small Court
Learning volleyball by playing is certainly not a new idea.
junior or mini volleyball coaches in the leading volleyball nations
have been using 2 vs. 2, 3
vs. 3, or 4 vs. 4 games on the small court to teach volleyball to the
beginnning volleyball players.
Volleyball Drills Advanced Games - Mini-Games for
The court has
to be small. It makes the rallies longer and players get as
many contacts as possible. The main purpose of these drills is the
development, but there is also another aspect there.
Volleyball Drills Advanced Games
- Learning to
Play Against the Opponent
There is hardly any big court volleyball strategies
involved in these games, but players learn to play against the
Reading the Game and Learning to Anticipate in
Players learn to read the game. They learn to anticipate and
make faster decisions on the court.
Players who play a lot eventually learn to know where the ball goes
before it actually happens. These players always seem to be on the
right spot at the right time. This makes them look a whole lot of
quicker on the court, even if physically they could be slower
than the other players.
1 on 1
1 on 1
Mini-Game - Volleyball Passing Tennis
A fun game for the beginning volleyball
players is 1 on 1 volleyball tennis, which could also by used
as a warm up.
This particular drill is not a game-like since it has
only 1 player in each team, but it is fun for sure.
Each team has one player only.
Each team has only one contact to deliver the
ball to the other side.
The court could as small as 10 by 10 feet (3 by
3 meters) - or 20 by 7 feet, if you want more movement front and back.
This court size depends on the skill level. It is important
keep the court so small that the volleyball keeps flying. Players
shouldn't be able to win a rally very
The players should focus on the
footwork (no crossing over, players shuffle)
contacting the ball with various techniques -
not only in front of the
hips, but on the sides also. If the court is made a little bit longer,
it gives the coach a good opportunity to work on the three point serve
receive (the other knee on the ground).
Drills Advanced - Teaching Volleyball
Strategies and Tactics to Players
is important for coaches to start teaching the game strategies and
tactics from the very beginning alongside the skills development.
Coach: Remember "Why?"
players' skill level grows and they are engaged in more complex
drills, it is very important to explain them why
the coach asks them to perform specific things on the court. This will
help players to gain tactical
knowledge of the game.
Coach should always be teaching volleyball
strategies and tactics to
the players when running drills.
A Good Example: Explaining Volleyball Tactics and
beginning volleyball players start practice spiking the volleyball over
net, they should be always
taught which directions they should be hitting, where is the best spot
for the tip etc.
More importantly they should be told "why are they are performing those
A Bad Example: No Goals, No Targets in Volleyball Drills - i.e Swings
at the Net
hitting the ball over the net without any
suggested direction or without block or defenders is probably not the
best way to get players succeed in the match in which they have to face
And certainly the players don't learn anything about the
tactics, if the players are not told "why".
Drills Advanced - How to Form a Game Plan for the Volleyball Team?
When the coach prepares a team for the game, s/he uses two methods to
form the tactic. Or the combination of the two methods.
A tactic is often
build against the opponent – the coach has
been trying to figure out which way is the best to
beat the opponent.
The other method is to build the tactic on the strengths and weaknesses
of the own team.
Drills Advanced - Building Teamwork
Earlier we talked about unnoticed offensive strategy,
an important part
of offense in the top level teams. This offensive strategy
requires seamless teamwork between all the players.
We added a fun volleyball offensive drill which helps to build teamwork
and unity. Click below to go to the
Most of the drills in volleyball drills advanced -section
require more skilled players. The skill-level
of beginner volleyball players may not be high enough for these
Scale - 5 stars for complex drills, 1
star for easy drills
To help to
judge the difficulty of the drill we will scale them – we give 5 stars
for the drills that are very complex and require years of training and
star if they are considered beginner drills. Naturally other
have difficulty between those two examples.
Related Pages for Volleyball Drills
Examples of drills
which help you to play quick offense. How to improve timing
between the hitters and setters?