Passing Drills -
Passing Fundamentals - Page 2
Explore basic volleyball passing drills
and tips how to practice the fundamentals of passing.
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passing drills, you can read it by clicking the link below.
Passing Drills on the Net - Tossing
When doing passing drills on the net, the coach
needs to add a target to a passer by the net.
- The coach tosses the volleyball over the net.
fairly close to the net and makes a player to take couple of shuffle
steps to the left, right, forward (short balls) or backward before the
- The coach can work to one direction
(i.e. toss to the left) at the time to ease up the learning in the
beginning. This helps to put each technique into the memory
bank of the player.
- The coach focuses on the same aspects as in the
- shuffle steps
- movement behind the ball, keeping the ball
in front of her body
- stopping the movement
- placing the arms under the volleyball to
it to the target (no extensive swinging).
- The coach progresses by stepping back a little
little until s/he feels passers are ready to start passing a serve.
Passing Drills - On the Net
When serving same principles apply, start close to
the net maybe around 20 feet off the net.
- If the coach has an accurate serve, s/he can
one side at the time. First, the coach serves multiple serves to the
left side only, next
round to the right side only - and so on.
- The coach needs to remember to serve different
For example at one practice s/he focuses on float serves and the next
s/he teaches players to pass top spin serves.
- When players progress, the coach moves
further back toward the back line.
Passing Drills - Combining Passing with Other Skills
When players are able to perform passing on the
high accurate level,
the coach can consider moving on combining it with other skills (for
example set and spike).
for Training Volleyball Passing!
- Shuffling and the basic position should be
- It is extremely important to stop before
passing (bumping) the ball
- Direct the ball WITHOUT an extensive arm swing
the appropriate target.
Passing Drills – How to Organize the Drill?
- When doing over the net passing, each
should have two players in the group. While one passes, one catches the
ball. The coach can easily put four of these groups on one net.
- To keep the drill moving fast each group needs
to learn “two
ball- system”. Always when the serve is floating over the net, the
target tosses the other ball to the server. Especially in the beginning
when the passes are not accurate, a target needs to have an extra balls
- Generally speaking limit the passes to fairly
before switching the passer, around 8-15 passes is good enough. It is
very common for players to lose their focus, if too many reps are
repeated in a row. Require players to perform every single pass fully
- It is also a good idea to break down one drill
sections, instead of having just one long drill. That way the
players stay more focused.
- For example: it is a good idea to tell
have 5 minutes to practice passing from the left side of their body
before working out the right side vs. telling them they will practice
passing for the next 20 minutes.
- It is much easier for players to stay focused 5
at the time, than preparing for the whole 20 minute session. That’s a
good way to trick players to focus on monotonous technical drills.
to the Coach!
- It is not undermining when tossing/serving the
by being close to the passer. It is extremely important to do so,
especially for the beginner players whose passing skills has not
It also allows the faster tempo, accurate tosses and