Volleyball Practice Drills - Offensive
Volleyball Drills with Coverage
We introduce few ideas how to organize volleyball
practice drills about offense and coverage. This drill is one
of the most
exciting volleyball drill for the team since it focuses on building
These volleyball drills are
drills. Therefore we
have given them a four star rating out of five. Meaning the players
to have a high skill level in order to execute drills
These drills are more difficult, but when running them you notice how
excited players get about teamwork and helping each other on
Learning to Adjust the Volleyball Practice Drills
As we mentioned in advanced volleyball drills opening page; if
the players struggle with the drills, the coach should be prepared to
ease up the drill.
The coach is able to modify these drills to
fit any team’s skill level very easily.
Practice Drills Examples - Offensive Volleyball Drills with Coverage
What is the purpose
of these volleyball
To learn the coverage techniques,
hitters to learn one more offensive strategy, which is
"hitting the ball
into the block and covering it up"
To learn communication and teamwork.
Building Teamwork and Communication
The drill may not be an exact match to
the game, but it
is an excellent drill to improve communication and teamwork.
As its simplicity this drill is executed by swinging the ball
to the block to cover it
If you don’t fully understand why hitting to the block would
make sense, click the fun
volleyball drills link in the bottom of this page. Through
the link you
get more information about this commonly used strategy for the skilled
How to Run Those Volleyball Coverage Drills?
Version I - "Fun
Offensive/Coverage Game (4
Hitter (H1 and H2)
This drill could be run either on zone 4 (outside
wing hitter) or zones 2 or 1 (right side hitter or 10 feet right side).
In the picture it is run on the right side (zone 2) - on the both sides
H1 and H2 are two right side hitters who keep on approaching and
the block one after another. The hitter will be busy!!
Remember to switch the hitter often. The offensive player gets
exhausted due to fast tempo.
It will be a little bit easier for the hitter when running this drill
on the left side. The hitter has more time to approach since the setter
is further away.
Coach (C1 and C2) and Setter (S1
Coaches or other players (C1 and C2) start the
rally by tossing the ball to the setter (S1 or S2), who sets to the
right side hitter (H1 or H2).
Defensive Player (D1 and D2)
A setter, hitter and 1-2 players for the
coverage is needed on both sides. In the picture there is one defensive
on each side (D1 and D2). D1 and D2 keep
covering the ball up, which is hit to the block by H1 and H2.
Make sure the
player covers the ball high to give the setter enough time to set the
next ball and the hitter enough time to approach again.
Important! In the match the setter
covers also. If the setter covers the ball up the defender has to act
Blocker (B1, B2 and B3, B4)
The coach could use some blocking equipment to
That forces the attacker to hit the ball to the block,
which supposed to be done in this drill.
Or alternatively the coach could put 2-3
players higher on the stand to block the hitter. In the picture there
are two blockers on the both sides of the net on the stand (B1, B2 and
the stand do not jump, they just reach and penetrate over the net after
the ball is released from the setter.
prefer the real block, instead of blocking equipment, if there are
enough players to make it happen.
Their job is to form a steady block to direct the ball
straight down to the players on the coverage.
The next progression below is more game-like. Run this first
stage, if you want to test your players ball control skills - and want
them to run a fun game while working on communication and teamwork.
Practice Drills for Coverage - Tips to Run the Drill Smoothly
How to Ease Up the Drill?
In case this drill is not running smoothly, the
coach could make it
easier i.e. by stopping the rally and feeding the new ball
setter after the ball is covered.
Ball Control Important!Expectional ball
control is needed.
The drill may not be suitable for
players, since it
requires a great ball control and good communication between the
players. No Jumping on the Block
Suggestion: DO NOT
to jump when blocking, since the block is not stopping the ball often
enough. It will mess up the purpose
this drill, which is to practice covering on every single attack.
Change the Hitter Often
Don’t let the hitter get too exhausted, 5-8
with approaches are enough to get him/her tired. The hitter should be
This drill is easier for the hitter when running it on the left side.
Give time - Cover the ball high
get really "crowded" on the right side under the block after the
coverage ball is passed
How to avoid it?
The players on the coverage needs to pass the ball high
enough, maybe a little bit off the net and away from the regular
If the drill is executed on the left side, or by the setter dishing
sets both left and right
side hitter, it makes the drill less "crowded".
Practice Drills - Max out the Reps
Activate all the Players - Don't Make Them Wait
for Their Turn in Practice
As in any other volleyball drill, try to
activate all the players by organizing the same drill on the
of the net.
If the drills is run on the both court sides, there will not be too
much room since the setter is located next to the
blockers on the
but it will work out fine with a little adjustments. Whenever possible
more than one court.
Max the Reps by Small Groups
To maximize the repetitions of the players,
you should have only max 3-4
(setter, hitter, max 1-2 players to cover) in each group.
Volleyball Practice Drills for Teamwork and Coverage - Variations
The hitter on the left side.
Important! If running this drill on the left side on the both sides of
the net, the ball
needs to be
covered off the net - since blockers from the other side
are on the setter's spot.
Back Row Hitter
Run the drill on the right
side when the hitter
swings from the back row.
Advanced Variation: Moving More Toward
If you want to run this drill more game-like, you should have the
delivering the ball either to the left or right side.
drawback is; it takes
whole court. Also the long distances between the players require even
more ball control.
Practice Drills - Game-like Version
Version II - Game-like - Offensive
Coverage (4 stars)
This variation could be a little bit harder than the
In this variation
opportunity to set the ball either side (outside hitter or right side
Blocker (B1, B2, B3, B4)
needs more blockers on
the stands. Two blockers are needed on both sides (B1, B2 and
If the players are skilled enough, the coach could use three blockers
and perform the drill without stands. Blockers read the setter and set
two or three man block in front of the spiker.
Defensive Players in the Coverage (D1, D2, C1)
In the picture there are two
players (D1 and D2) to cover the hitters on the same side.
There could possibly be even one more player to cover (C1).
C1, D1, D2 as
Passers or C1 as Ball Feeder
C1 feeds the ball for the setter. Or if the player's
skills allow, C1, D1 and D2 could be passing the serve to the setter -
before moving to cover the ball.
Moreover, also defensive players could be put to the other side of the
court. Then hitters H1 and H2 could be practicing scoring the ball or
to play it back to the own side from the block - just like in the match.
Volleyball Drills section for the information how
these volleyball practice drills can be used to build a teamwork and