I think its funny when I hear young players say let's play the Bump Set Spike drill.
Because its clear when an inexperienced player who's just learning the game and the warmup drills says to their warmup partner "lets play the Bump Set Spike volleyball drill".
They haven't had enough time to learn the commonly used slang for a lot of the drills and skills done in practices.
An experienced player would just say two words to their warmup partner ...and those two words would be ..."let's pepper."
The Bump Set Spike volleyball drill which is also called the Pepper warmup drill is one of the first partner drills every high school and club player learns because its done to increase and improve your ability to control the ball using the bump set spike volleyball skills.
Every opportunity you have to touch the ball should be used to contact the ball correctly.
Many players take pepper for granted and since the ball is coming at them slowly, they flake, and ignore using the proper technique.
The bump set spike volleyball drill is usually started when one pepper partner standing 6-8 feet away from their partner overhand sets the ball to their partner.
These have to be "controlled" contacts meaning the set goes right to the partner, ideally without making the partner move.
The pass (the bump) goes right back to the first partner who just set the ball, ideally targeting the ball to fall right on the forehead of the partner so they dont have to move or chase the ball.
Hitting the ball with a low elbow in pepper means you increase the chance you’ll hit the ball with a low elbow in hitting warm-ups and continue hitting the ball low in a game.
You want to do your controlled spike hit keeping your elbow high but controlling the ball to your partner instead of hitting the ball straight down the way you would when you are hitting over the net.
This is how you control the ball keeping it in play between the two of you.
Here are a few more tips for you to use during your bump set spike volleyball practice drills.
Passing the ball with your legs, setting the ball high giving your partner time to swing and reach high to hit back at you... all these volleyball pepper techniques should be practiced in your pepper warmup so that at game time-- you've already performed these skills so many times that that your muscle memory is automatic and you begin to perform these skills the same way you need to perform them in competition.
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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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