This volleyball practice plan focuses on serving and passing. We’ll introduce a variety of fun drills to help develop strong serving fundamentals and apply those skills to game situations.
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Phase 1 – Dynamic Warmup (0:00-0:10)
- Light Jog – jog to the net and back to the end line (2x’s)
- Side Shuffle –swing arms front and back while shuffling
- Carioca –rotate hips sideways
- High Knees – bring the knees up while jogging forward
- Buttkicks –bring the heel of the foot to the butt
- Lunges – reach one leg forward and squat down
- High Kicks – kick one leg up parallel to the ground
- Side Leans –squat and lean side to side
- Knees to Chest –pull one knee up to the chest
- Classic Quad –pull one leg behind
- Ballerina –extend one leg back in the air
- Sprints – go 75% top speed to the net and back (2x’s)
Phase 2 – Pipeline Passing (0:10-0:15)
- Tape lines down the middle of the court 12 feet apart and have your players pair up.
- One pair will start inside the two taped lines and one person will toss the ball to their partner.
- After they toss it, they must shuffle to their right and touch the tape before coming back to the middle.
- The second player will receive the ball and pass it back to the first player.
- After they pass it, they also must shuffle to their right to touch the line and then return to the center.
- If players can complete 10 consecutive passes back and forth then they can rotate with another pair.
- To mix things up you can require players touch a different line each time they pass the ball, forcing them to shuffle both left and right.
Phase 3 – Serve Receive (0:15-0:20)
- Create 3 lines – servers, setters, and passers.
- To start the first Server will serve the ball over the net.
- The first Passer must react to where the ball is going and get in position to bump the ball to the first Setter.
- Then the first Setter sets the ball into the air.
- Have the Passers and Setters rotate lines and then the next Server starts the next rotation.
- Make sure that each player gets multiple opportunities to be both a Passer and a Setter.
DRILL TIMEOUT – 30 Seconds
Phase 4 – 10 Serves In (0:25-0:30)
- Divide your players into groups of 34players and give each group 35 ball.
- On the whistle, each team serves – multiple players can serve at the same time.
- Make sure that eachteam has the same number of balls.
- The first team to complete 10 good serves that land on the other side of the court wins.
- The losing team rotates off and a new team comes on.
- The first team to stay and win 10 points is the king of the court and should be rewarded.
- This can become a fast paced game as players try to serve as fast as possible, make sure that they still use proper technique as they are under pressure and going full speed.
Phase 5 – Miss The Chairs (0:30-0:45)
- Setup 3 chairs or cones on the back court and draw or tape 2 foot circles around the chairs.
- Have the first Server in line complete a successful serve aiming in the lanes between the chairs.
- If they complete a successful serve they go to the end of the line.
- If they hit a chair, the circle around the chair, or don’t complete a good serve then they must do fingertip pushups.
- Complete the drill until every player gets at least 35 chances to serve.
Phase 6 – 6 v 6 Play & Apply (0:45-1:30)
- Organize your players into teams of 6.
- Play as many sets as you can. x Rotate teams or players after each set.
- Use 2 or more “drill timeouts” as needed.
- Apply the principles talked about in practice and help players recognize when they did something right.
- Make sure they play at full speed so that you paint the picture of what it will look like in a game.
- If players are developing bad habits, slow it down, demonstrate proper technique and then continue.
COOL DOWN AND STRETCH