In the previous volleyball
passing drills you have learned the volleyball player should always
perform the pass in front of the
body – but as explained in volleyball skills section
very often it is
simply not possible.
In the match the
player is repeatedly forced to pass
the ball on the side, not in front of the body.
To fully understand what we mean by passing the ball outside what is
considered “a perfect passing form”, go to volleyball skills section
and "Advanced Volleyball Serve Receive Techniques" page.
Keeping It Simple! Learning Skills a Piece by Piece
These volleyball passing drills follow the same
ideas than already presented
volleyball drills. We break down the skills into little
pieces and practice complicated skills a little by
The goal is to introduce new skills to
the player progressively. The coach should not to dump new techniques
to the players at
once which may result as repeating the exercise with bad
Passing Drills – Goals: Wider
Passing Range and Better Ball Control
Person Groups - Server, Passer, Target:
performing these passing drills on the net, the coach needs to add a
target by the net.
A target returns the volleyball to the server/tosser to get
the drill flowing efficiently.
It is recommended to use two balls in
one group of 3 persons to get more reps done in the shorter period of
Side at the Time:
The goal of this volleyball passing drill is to work on the
right side of the body first, before progressing to the left side of
Or the other way around.
High on the Left and Right Side:
- The coach tosses the ball over the net,
fairly close to the
net and placing the ball clearly to the right side of the player
- The ball should be clearly above waist level,
high enough to
the player to turn the upper body toward side line.
Toward the Setter:
- The player
should NOT get behind the volleyball in this drill, the goal
learn the pass the ball when there is no time to get behind the ball -
the scenario which happens for the passers frequently in the
- The player will turn her upper body toward the
- The player may have to take a step back with
the eft foot to have a
balanced and steady
when performing the pass
turns the forearm passing platform towards the target
and directs the volleyball to the target
Turning the platform toward the setter is the
difficult part and needs attention from the coach.
for the Coach:
- The coach need to
encourage players that it is ok NOT to move behind
the ball in
- This have to be practiced as much as any
other passing technique.
In order to learn it, we simply need
to get enough repetitions done. Make sure players really work on it.
Since players may not feel comfortable with this technique, they
automatically try to pass in front of body.
- Beginning players could practice 1) taking the
the left foot, 2)
the body and 3) directing the platform towards setter WITHOUT the ball
first to get comfortable with it.
coach could work just one side at the time to help players
the techniques correctly. After changing positions with the target,
next round the coach can toss the volleyball to the right side. Keep
things simple in
- Tossers start fairly close to the net and
start moving further toward the backline.
point start serving the ball instead
of throwing it.
- The coach can add difficulty to this drill by
players take shuffle steps to the left or right, but
- it will be ok not to move all the way to the
Passing Drills - "I
don’t understand how this bad technique will benefit the players?"
this is not a bad technique. This volleyball technique is
widely used among volleyball
players and is a sign of a good ball control and great volleyball
Some great volleyball players use
method to their advantage,
increased ball control and ability to pass ball around them allows them
not to move behind the ball every single time. It allows them to pass
the ball from the very wide range. There are some situations in which
this method is very beneficial to the player.
Drills Passing Overhead
Advanced Volleyball Serve Receive Techniques
Advanced Volleyball Drills