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)

Pipeline Passing Volleyball Drill
Pipeline Passing
  • 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)

Serve Receive Volleyball Drill
Serve Receive
  • 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)

10 Serves In Volleyball Drill
10 Serves In
  • 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.

Miss The Chairs

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

6 vs 6
  • 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.