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Volleyball drills by Luc Engelen

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Serving towards an opening

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
5 to 12
Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Serving towards an opening'

The team of five plays a set to five point against the team of three. The team of three always serves. If the team of five wins, new teams are formed. If the team of three wins, the teams stay as they are.

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Attacking: General Blocking: General Defence: General Drill type: Big team against big team Drill type: Big team against small team ...

Serves dictated by opponent

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
8
Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Serves dictated by opponent'

The players at the net are responsible for blocking and setting. The players in the back row serve, receive, spike, and defend. This drill has two variants:

  • The player at the net on the opposing side decides how the server should toss the ball: with his left hand, with his right hand, or with both hands.

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Attacking: Position 1 Attacking: Position 5 Attacking: Position 6 Blocking: Individual block Defence: General ...

Serving assignments

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
4 to 12

Team A plays a game to five points against team B. Each team has to stick to the following assignments when serving:

  • The first serve of each team has to be short.
  • The following two or three serves, depending on the number of players, have to be targeted to each of the receiving players.

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Attacking: General Blocking: General Defence: General Drill type: Big team against big team Drill type: Big team against small team ...

Targeted serving with a cone, chair, or ball

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
3 to 4
Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Targeted serving with a cone, chair, or ball'

SV1 and SV2 take turns serving towards R. R receives the serve with one foot on a cone (or a chair or ball) and passes the ball to setter S. S sets the ball back to R, who spikes the ball across the net, again with one foot on the cone. If R is able to receive the serve and spike across the net without taking his foot from the cone, the players change positions. If not, they try again.

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Basics: Standing spike Drill type: Game phase in isolation Section: Core I Serve reception: General Serving: General Setting: General

All rotations

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
8 to 13 players or more
Diagram for the volleyball drill 'All rotations'

Team A receives serve in all six rotations. Only team B serves. Both teams move to the next rotation when team A has scored twice in a row. Once team A has received services in all six rotations, new teams are formed.

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Attacking: General Blocking: General Defence: General Drill type: Big team against big team Drill type: Big team against small team ...

Scoring free balls

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
4 to 13 players or more

Two teams of equal strength play against each other. Team A serves first. The team that wins the rally receives a free ball from the coach. For each rally they win, they score a point and receive another free ball. This continues until they lose a rally. Then, team B serves and the drill continues in the same way.

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Attacking: General Blocking: General Defence: General Drill type: Big team against big team Drill type: Small team against small team ...

Dynamic warm up

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
1

Shoulder T's, Y's and I's

90 - 90's

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Drill type: Individal Section: Warming-up

More movement prep

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
1

If you use movement prep exercises during your warming up and need some variation, try the following exercises.

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Drill type: Individal Section: Warming-up

Dynamic stretching

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
1

Usually, I start my warming up with the Movement Prep exercises I posted a long time ago. That can be a little boring after a while. The following 21 dynamic stretching exercises are a welcome alternative.

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Drill type: Individal Section: Warming-up

Three players playing two against two

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Type:
Single drill
Number of players:
3
Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Three players playing two against two'

The players on the three-meter line dig and hit. The player at the net sets the ball for the hitters. After setting the ball, the setter takes the position of the digger/hitter on the same half of the court. After playing the ball across the net, the digger/hitter takes the setting position on the other half of the court.

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Basics: Forearm pass/bump Basics: Overhead pass Basics: Standing spike Drill type: Cooperating group with net Section: Warming-up