Silver State Volleyball Club

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Volleyball Drills

Digging | Staying Alive

* Half court drill with 1 coach, 1 ball and 3 active players.

* Inactive players wait behind the baseline ready to come on court in threes with a ball.

* Mainly practises digging with some pursuit and defensive teamwork.

* Coach is at 2 as feeder and target with the players defending back court as if they were 4, 5 & 6 with the attack coming through 2.

* Coach continuously recycles the ball until it goes dead, feeding to the players who dig the ball back to her.

* Feeds are generally down balls but volleys, bumps and tips can be added for variety.

* The active players have a maximum of three touches to get the ball back to the coach although the primary objective is a single good dig.

* The coach should stay in zone 2 between the attack and centre lines so that players have to chase down imperfect balls.

* Some coaches advocate taping a box to indicate their zone, but simply calling "mine" on doubtful balls seems to work OK.

* Once the ball is dead then the 3 active players leave the court and collect their ball.

* Three new players come on court and volley feed their ball to the coach and the drill continues.

* The coach can vary the difficulty of the feed according to the ability of the players.

* The initial 3 feeds should be easier and one to each player.

* Players can be forced to retrieve a long lob ball or dive for a short ball as well as playing normal defensive digs.

* Coach can base herself at two-and-a-half to make the target position more natural.

* Variation: introduce a setter as target at 2 to set to the coach who feeds from 3.

Three in a Line

* Similar to 'Staying Alive' above but players change one at a time with less emphasis on pursuit.

* Half court drill with 1 coach, 1 ball and 3 active players.

* Inactive players wait behind the baseline queueing behind the middle defender with spare balls to hand.

* Coach is at 2 as feeder and target with the players defending back court as if they were 4, 5 &6 with the attack coming

through 2.

* Coach continuously recycles the ball until it goes dead, feeding down balls to the players who dig the ball back to her.

* If the dig is shanked then the players have 2 more touches to get the ball back to the coach.

* The coach should stay in zone 2 between the attack and centre lines so that players have to chase down imperfect balls.

* Once the ball is dead or heading back to the coach, the digger who played the ball leaves the court and collects the ball if dead.

* If the digger was left or right then he is replaced by the middle player.

* The middle player is replaced by the next in line.

* The line volleys a fresh ball to the coach if necessary to replace a dead ball.

* Variation: introduce a setter as target to set to the coach in the middle who remains as feeder.

Round the World

* Similar to 'Three in a Line' above but players rotate across the court.

* Half court drill with 1 coach, 1 ball and 3 active players.

* Inactive players wait behind the baseline at 1 with spare balls to hand.

* Coach is at 2 as feeder and target with the players defending back court as if they were 4, 5 & 6 with the attack coming through 2.

* Coach continuously recycles the ball feeding down balls to the players who dig the ball back to her.

* If the dig is shanked then the players have 2 more touches to get the ball back to the coach.

* When the ball reaches the coach the player in position 4 leaves the court, 5 moves to 4, 6 moves to 5 and the incoming player takes up the 6 position.

* The ball must get back to the coach before the player leaves the court.

* The coach should stay in zone 2 between the attack and centre lines so that players have to chase down imperfect balls.

* Variation: introduce a setter as target to set to the coach in the middle who remains as feeder.

* The line volleys a fress ball to the coach if necessary to replace a dead ball.

* Variation: introduce a setter as target to set to the coach in the middle who remains as feeder.

Three digs

* This drill practises moving and digging

* Half court drill with 3 feeders each with a ball, and 1 active player.

* Feeders are at 2, 3 &4 with their backs to the netwith a ball each.

* Inactive players queue behind the baseline at 1.

* Keep spare balls in a ball cart next to the feeder at 2.

* The active player comes on court at 1 from the queue.

* The first feeder feeds a long ball to deep 1 which the player digs back to her, and then immediately moves sideways and forwards to 3.

* The second feeder immediately feeds a short ball to close 3 with enough height so the player can reach it and dig it back to the feeder; the player then immediately moves backwards and sideways to 5.

* The third feeder feeds a down ball to 5 once the player is in front of her, and the player digs it back to the feeder, leaves court, collects any loose balls and joins the queue.

* The first feeder checks that the other feeders are ready with balls and then starts the drill with the next player.

* Variation: use six feeders along the side of a full court.

Kirby Corner | Named after the Kirby Ladies team of the '70s.

* Practises determined defence.

* 1 coach with a ball cart facing 1 active player who is in a corner of the sports hall.

* Inactive players collect the loose balls and return them to the ball cart.

* Coach feeds a stream of hard down balls, dumps and tosses to the player who digs them back.

* The next feed is made as soon as the previous feed is dug.

* The coach should vary the feeds to either side and in front of the player to make her move and recover.

* Run the drill for a minute or so and then replace the active player.

Spiking | Beach Spiking Warm-Up

* Practises defending then spiking, also practises the setter with a more realistic first ball.

* Uses one side of a full court with a setter at 3ish and a line of hitters at 4 each with a ball.

* Hitter feeds ball to setter who hits a down ball back to the hitter.

* Hitter digs the ball back to the setter who then sets to the hitter.

* Use a volley instead of a down ball for weaker diggers.

* Variation: after spiking, hitter becomes a blocker for 1 or 2 hits.

* Variation: both first and second in the hitting queue act as diggers with the second player feeding to the initial ball to the setter.

Service Reception | Serve and Receive

* This drill is played on a full court.

* Players are distributed as follows.

* One defender on left side of court.

* One person serving from right side of court.

* One target player in setter position.

* This is on both sides of the court so that 6 players are active at any one time.

* The rest of the players line up off court waiting to either serve or defend (distributed evenly).

* Players follow the ball. So after serving, they go to where they served to in order to defend. After passing the ball to the setter, they become the target in the setter position. After catching the ball in the setter position they go to serve from the same side of the court.

* If a player can not serve accurately to the defender on the other side of the court, they should move in court sufficiently that they can do so.

Game Situations

Short Court Game

Popular drill aka 10' Line Game or simply 10-Foot Game. A conditioning drill which encourages player awareness of movement on both sides of the net.

* Play on a short court up to the attack line.

* Divide the players into 2 teams of 4-8 on court.

* Coach with ball cart initiates rally with a free ball from the side.

* Three touch volleyball only.

* After player has touched ball she must run to the normal baseline and touch it before rejoining the game.

* Play a set to 15 (2 clear) or match of best of 5 sets to 5 (capped).

* Variation: team which loses point does 2 forfeits (eg crunches, push-ups) and coach feeds next ball before entire team is ready.

* Variation: winning team serves (usually a volley) rather than coach feeding a free ball.

Queen of the Court

A fun drill to liven up a session and get players moving.

* Full court drill with players in teams of 3 (with an odd 2 or 4 if necessary) each with a ball.

* Start with 2 teams on court with the inactive players queueing behind the serving baseline.

* Server serves and teams play out the rally.

* Points are only scored by the receiving team.

* Modified beach rules: no tips and volleys perpendicular to the shoulders.

* Winning team moves to the receiving court if not already there.

* A new team comes on to serve.

* Losing team collects loose ball and joins the queue.

* Winning team is first to 10 points, or team with most points at the end of a set period.

* Variation: three touch volleyball only.

* Variation: server can serve as soon as receiving team is on court rather than necessarily ready (or play to coach's whistle).