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
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
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
Volleyball drills can be taught as individual drills that players can learn
and practice by themselves just about anywhere-at home, at club or
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.
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Read it before you get started.
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I just wanted to let you know that and I thank you in advance for your
time and consideration.
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