Explore youth volleyball drills - volleyball peppering drills.
New ways to pepper.
Most volleyball teams pepper in practice.
Let’s think about it for a second. Is it teaching players any skills
which are needed in the
Youth Volleyball Drills - Pros and Cons of Volleyball
Pros of peppering
OK, peppering is a reasonable way to warm up for example in the
match where the
space and time are usually very limited.
Most volleyball teams pepper for warm ups before the match.
Cons of peppering
In practice some coaches have stopped doing it – because it
really doesn’t teach the passing, setting and spiking skills what you
the game. It just teaches you to pepper.
That’s what we did – we stopped peppering in practice. It was the
best solution ever.
How we can do volleyball peppering better?
Let’s see how we can do peppering better...
We could hit the ball over the net – just like in the match.
We could put opponents to the other side of the net – just
like in the
We could be passing ball to our teammates – just like in
Youth Volleyball Drills - Volleyball Peppering Over the Net
Example 1 – Peppering Over the Net - Half Court - 3
on 3 or 2 on 2
Divide the volleyball court half.
Traditional 1 on 1 peppering - is there a better way?
Form 2 or 3 player teams in the same side of the net.
Teams pass-set-hit the ball to the other side of the net. We prefer to
rotate players after each contact, so they all learn to pass, set and
A player starts by serving (or tossing) the ball over the
The receiving team passes, sets and spikes to return the
The spiker aims the ball toward defending player who digs
to the setter – and the rally continues as long as the players are able
to keep the ball flying.
Make sure players focus on the ball control and keeping the really
Servers serve to the serve receivers.
White Teams - 3 on 3 on the half court (upper one in the
Red Teams 2 on 2 on the other half (lower one in the picture).
(1) Servers serve (or toss) the ball over the net to the passer on the
(2) Serve Receivers pass the ball to the setter.
Serve receivers pass to setters
When the opponent's setter receives the ball, make sure both right back
on position 1 (RH in the white) or (Sr in the red) play in
their actual defensive position - towards the middle of the court to
dig the (imaginery) setter's dump or quick attack.
Outside hitters (OH in white and P in red) start moving to the position
from which they
start the approach when the setter releases the ball.
(3) Setters release the ball to the outside hitter.
Setters set to the outside hitters.
Outside hitters start their approach.
Right back defenders on position 1 (RH in white and Sr in red) move to
defend the line.
P in the white team who plays on the left back position moves closer to
the attack of OH.
(4) Outside hitters spike the ball to the line defenders.
Outside hitters spike to defenders who dig to the setters.
And the rally goes on.
Line defenders on the righ back position have moved to the appropriate
positions to dig the ball up.
(If beginning players find it
difficult to place the ball to the line, defender could move towards
the middle of the court - to keep the rally going longer.)
(5) Defenders dig the ball to the setter.
Right side hitters (Sr in the red and RH in the white) start moving to
the position to start their approach when the setter releases the ball.
Remember to keep the drill as game-like as possible.
Require players to set front row set next to antennae on both sides –
which means the other team is hitting outside and the other one right
Keep the defenders on the same positions as when playing in the big
court – line defender near the side line and middle back defender near
own playing position.
Push hitters to do good approach after the pass – and focus on timing
on each set.
Example 2: Youth Volleyball Drills - The setter starts on
You may also want your setter to run in (from position 1) when serve
receiving or defending – if you don’t have the other
team using the other half of the court.
Example 3: Youth Volleyball Drills – Spiking Behind 10 feet
line (3 meter line)
One way to keep rallies longer is to make hitters spike behind 10 feet
(3 meter) line.
Example 4: Youth Volleyball Drills - Keep the game simple
for beginning volleyball players!
If you start the practice with this drill, you may want to have players
set or bump the ball over the net with the third contact – until
players are warm enough to spike.
Setting the ball over with the third contact is a recommended way to do
this peppering drill, if the players are not able to control and aim
If players cannot spike the ball over you could require a
jump set or tip with the third contact.
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