Transition Drills – How to Improve Transition?
Read about volleyball transition drills to improve
You find transition drills for the team practice – as well as how to
improve transition by yourself.
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Transition Drills - For Individuals - Without a Ball or Net
Volleyball transition is one of the few volleyball skills, which can
make a huge difference in your game, even when practicing it without
net or ball.
You could do these following volleyball transition drills for example
on the track in the summer time, if you can’t get in the gym.
don’t necessary need a net and a court to practice these three
Transition Drills - From Blocker to Hitter Transition
Weather you do these three scenarious on or off the court, you have to
visualization techniques and your
imagination in this drill.
As mentioned in other sections this visualization helps you to
learn skills quicker. You need to imagine yourself in the match when
doing the drills by yourself.
Picture yourself in the match.
position as the outside hitter when you are ready to block the
Imagine you are in the game, jump up and block
right side hitter.
After landing you need to back up because your
defense got the ball up.
Back up way beyond 10 feet line to get a full
approach, you need at least around 11-14 feet to do a full approach.
Then imagine your setter has the ball – and you
have to make another
spike approach. And after the spike approach, you prepare to block
Keep doing it many times in a row. Start slowly so you learn how
to turn off the block properly.
page shows few examples how to practice the transition.
If you want to know the details for
transition, go to Volleyball Skills section and transition pages.
Transition Drills - Triple Block to the Right or Left Side
One complex transition variation occurs when
players form triple block to the right or left side.
I.e. when forming a triple block to the right side, an outside
hitter really is in a hurry to back up to swing the outside
swing. It often makes more sense to call "inside
set" from the setter, because it is
almost impossible to hit outside swing after forming a triple block to
the right side.
Transition Drills - No Block - From Blocker to Defensive Player to
The third scenario is when you visualize yourself not blocking, but
backing up to play defense. You back up to play
defense somewhere around the ten feet line to defend the angle swing.
The exact spot naturally depends on the defensive scheme. Then after
defense, you back up
to do your spike approach.
As an outside, right side or opposite hitter you should practice all
these three scenarios. Preferably both on the left and right side.
Middle blockers definitely need to practice transitioning on both sides
since they have to block left and right sides.
– Making Volleyball Transitioning Drills More Game-like
Do these drills on the volleyball court. Have one or two assistants
assisting you. You practice transitioning from the blocker to an
player. When you are backing up off the net:
If you do have a setter or ball feeder have him/her tossing
the set for
you (after you have mimiced a block jump or defensive play).
To make it even more game-like have somebody tossing the
the setter (after your block or your team’s imaginary
alternatively somebody could be hitting the ball at you over the net –
and after the defense you
perform your spike approach when the setter sets the ball.
In the video there is an excellent example about volleyball transition.
The first transition appears between 0.06 and 0.11 in the video.Pay
attention how the player turns around by opening up toward court. Then
a few quick steps, and is ready for another spike approach.
To find more technical details about transition, go to Volleyball
Skills page, scroll to the bottom and you find transition article under
Volleyball Spiking category.
Volleyball Transition Drills - Team Drills
Defense to Hitter
Defense to Hitter Volleyball Transition - Against the Outside Hitter
C1, the Coach or Player as an outside hitter swings the ball to angle
at the P1 in
transition, or hits the ball to zone 6 to a defensive player who passes
the ball to the setter.
(Obviously, the coach could hit the ball also
zone 5 or zone 1.)
The player performs from a blocker to a defensive player – and from the
defense to a hitter
transition – and spikes the ball when the setter sets outside.
Blocker to Hitter
Blocker to Hitter Transition - Against the Right Side (or the Opposite
C2, the coach or player on the right side swings the ball to the zone 6
every once in a while to the block of the transitioning player to
remind him/her to form a steady block.
(Obviously, C2 could also
swing the ball to zone 1 or zone 5 defensive players).
The player performs blocker to hitter transition – and hits the ball
setter delivers outside.
To make these both drills more game-like, a middle
blocker should be used in the block, then transitioning to hit the
ball in the
middle. Also you should add the block against the transitioning hitter.
Variations for These Volleyball Transition Drills
Add the block in the very beginning for the
hitters. The hitters should practice hitting against the block as much
C1 and C2 could use the same drill to practice
the right side
transitioning by moving the blocker/hitter to the right side. In that
case the setter would be a back row player and coming in from the back
row to set the ball for this right side hitter.
If players are skilled enough and able to swing
remember to use players as the hitters. It is an opportunity
for the players to hone their approach and
to Make These Volleyball Transitioning Drills More Game-like?
The coach could be running these drills in the beginning phase when
introducing the transition.
When the skills allow, the coach
need to start adding elements and making the drill more and
1 - Double Blocks: Add the middle blocker next to
transitioning player. They place a block together and make the
transition after the block.
2 - All three blockers: C1 and C2 could be using all three
players in the front row and work
on the left side and right side transitioning/blocking at the same
When the opponent hits right side, the outside hitter blocks and the
right side hitter plays defense - and the other way around.
The setter could a front row or the back row player. If the setter is
in the front row, the setter could have the option to set the ball for
the opposite hitter in the zone 1.
3 - Triple Blocks
Volleyball Transition Drills - How to Rotate the
Remember to change the transitioning player often. 5-7 transitions in a
row with a fast tempo makes any player exhausted.
As an alternative
you could have i.e. 1-3 players to wait their turn on each spot –
and switch the transitioning player after each transition.