Volleyball Drills

I often tell parents of beginner players that performing

volleyball drills outside of the regular club and high school

practice is a great way for their daughter to improve her skills.

As a high school player, once I finished my school work and

after coming home from volleyball practice, I would go outside by myself

and do hundreds of setting and passing repetitions against a wall to a

target I had chalked off against the garage door.

I was disciplined about doing this every day in order to improve my

accuracy, to improve my ball control, to increase my finger strength, to

numb the throbbing sensation created by the ball contacting the same

spot on my forearms over and over again when passing the ball to the


I got to the point that when the ball bounced back from anywhere off

the garage door I knew how to quickly use my feet to position myself

in a low athletic stance underneath the ball and then deliver a nice high

pass from anywhere back to that chalked out circled target.

I'd often forgo television watching and stay outside past sun down to

pass a volleyball to a chalked design of a circle I made on my garage

door wall.

Those self-imposed volleyball drills and the discipline to do them

everyday paid off.

I had set a goal for myself as a sophomore in high school that I wanted

to earn a volleyball scholarship to a four-year college or university and I

was going to do what it took to reach my goal. 

And I did.

If you are one of those players or parents looking for ways to help

yourself or your daughter get more playing time, then this is the same

message I am telling you.

Volleyball drills, although some time monotonous are the best way to

improve one's ball control, they help players improve their skill

technique, they can be used to help condition an athlete and they can

help you understand the team building process.   

Whether you are or you have a volleyball girl that does drills at home by

yourself, or if she is doing them in practice with her teammates, it's best

to get in the habit of setting mini goals for you to reach in order to

complete each drill.

For example, let's say you have to get 50 perfectly passed balls to the

target before stopping one drill and going on to the next.

Not only will you discipline yourself to perform the volleyball drills

correctly, but you will replicate the pressure you will feel

in a game-like situation when you absolutely have to do the skill right.

When volleyball girls get in the habit of practicing game-like situations,

then when they find themselves in an actual game, they have already

prepared for that particularly tense and pressure filled situation.

If you've been to one of your daughter's volleyball practices, then you

may have noticed that different components of volleyball skills are taken

apart and learned in progressions or separately one at a time.

Many beginner volleyball drills are broken down into their most

basic steps and as a player learns those, then they progress to more

advanced elements of the skill.

So things like footwork, lower body positioning then upper body

positioning, armswing mechanics and timing are learned and coached


Other things are gradually added to the mix as a player

improves on the basics, like court awareness and positioning, court

spacing among other teammates, foot speed and learning how to get to

a volleyball quickly along with communication-what to say and how to

say it

Volleyball drills can be taught as individual drills that players can learn

and practice by themselves just about anywhere-at home, at club or

high school practice.

Another way they are taught the game are with volleyball team drills

which must be performed with the two, three, four or five other

members of her volleyball team.

I've provided pages of information for parents or players researching the

various resources like DVDs of drills taught by prominent

college volleyball coaches that may help you or your daughter improve

her individual volleyball skills. 

Some of the resources are for high school volleyball coaches but many

are for parents and players who are looking for ways to know more

about how to play volleyball well.

If you came to this page because you were looking for drills then you've

found the right place.

Here is my disclosure about this section.

Read it before you get started.

In this section dedicated to drills, many of the pages contain affiliate


This means, if you buy a product after clicking my link, I

might be paid a "commission" on the sale. I may also earn money from

advertisements appearing on my site.

I just wanted to let you know that and I thank you in advance for your

time and consideration.

Be sure to check out the pages containing drills and resources.

Volleyball Team Drills

Youth Volleyball Drills

Volleyball Practice Drills

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