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.

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)

Setup:   Tape lines down the middle of the court 12 feet apart and have your players pair up.

How It Works: 

1.  One pair will start inside the two taped lines and one person will toss the ball to their partner.

2. After they toss it, they must shuffle to their right and touch the tape before coming back to the middle.

3. The second player will receive the ball and pass it back to the first player.

4. After they pass it, they also must shuffle to their right to touch the line and then return to the center.

5. If players can complete 10 consecutive passes back and forth then they can rotate with another pair.

Coaching Tips:

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)

Setup:   Create 3 lines – servers, setters, and passers.

How It Works: 

1.  To start the first Server will serve the ball over the net.

2. The first Passer must react to where the ball is going and get in position to bump the ball to the first Setter.

3. Then the first Setter sets the ball into the air.

4. Have the Passers and Setters rotate lines and then the next Server starts the next rotation.

5. 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)

Setup:   Divide your players into groups of 3­4players and give each group 3­5 ball.

How It Works: 

1.  On the whistle, each team serves – multiple players can serve at the same time.

2. Make sure that eachteam has the same number of balls.

3. The first team to complete 10 good serves that land on the other side of the court wins.

4. The losing team rotates off and a new team comes on.

5. The first team to stay and win 10 points is the king of the court and should be rewarded.

Coaching Tips:

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:   Set­up 3 chairs or cones on the back court and draw or tape 2 foot circles around the chairs.

How It Works: 

1.  Have the first Server in line complete a successful serve aiming in the lanes between the chairs.

2.  If they complete a successful serve they go to the end of the line.

3.  If they hit a chair, the circle around the chair, or don’t complete a good serve then they must do fingertip pushups.

4.  Complete the drill until every player gets at least 3­5 chances to serve.

PHASE 6 - 6 v 6 Play & Apply (0:45-1:30)

Setup:    Organize your players into teams of 6.

How It Works: 

1.  Play as many sets as you can. x Rotate teams or players after each set.

2. Use 2 or more “drill timeouts” as needed.

Coaching Tips:

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.


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