7 Fun Volleyball Drills To Do At Home, Camp and In Practice

These fun volleyball drills are used to mix up things in practice and to make warmups fun. 

Fun volleyball drills for setters, middles, outside hitters and liberos.Fun volleyball drills for setters, middles, outside hitters and liberos.


I mix in fun volleyball drills after coaching volleyball for 4 - 5 straight weeks using technique based drills to work on individual ball control and team court work. 

After years of coaching volleyball I believe that sometimes the best practices are unstructured practices. 

That means instead of writing everything down and sticking to a well-organized specific volleyball practice plan like most coaches do where I choose how and when every drill will start and stop, I just pick 3-4 competition based practice drills and let the players dictate how long the drills will last based on their effort and goal accomplishment. 


Short Court Games One Player vs One Player Make Fun Volleyball Drills




Here's one of our favorite fun volleyball drills. A great warmup drill we did last year to change up our warmup routine every 6 weeks. 

Its 1 vs 1. .meaning one player vs one player...timed short court King of the Court games. 

Only 1 contact per player.

After 4 - 5 weeks of tough practices leading up to an important tournament and/or series of tournaments when the brain has been functioning at high levels for long periods of time and the body is tired and hasn’t had alot of rest for several days..then I like to mix things up with short court fun volleyball drills. 



On these types of practice days, even our warmup volleyball drills are competitive in order to focus on getting players to move even though they might be sore and tired. 

Usually we start with these types of warmup drills

  • Short court one vs one - where only one contact is allowed per side for a specific amount of time. Each player alternates “serves” by setting the ball over and the court is from ten foot line on one court to the ten foot line on the other side and the sideline is the middle of the net. 


This is followed by 

  • Short court one vs one where two contacts per side are allowed for a specific amount of time. The court size remains the same ten foot line to ten foot line.



Then we increase the court size to 

  • Skinny medium court one vs one with two contacts allowed per side for a specific amount of time - and now we include a serve.

The size for our skinny medium court is we split the full court down the middle longwise and then the end lines are the half court line.


Short Court Games Two Players vs One Player - Fun Volleyball Drills


Volleyball game rules for Two vs One:

The side with two players has only one contact while the side with one player has two contacts to use.



Check out the Guys vs Girls version in the video with Sophia defends her court against the fellas!

I love the version of this drill where guys play against girls because guys are ruthless when they compete and high school girls on Vegas teams need to learn how to be…”ruthless” on the court!




Working on:

  • Reading and anticipating what’s going to happen next 
  • Playing chess - setting up your “board” to force the opposing player to do something ..you want them to do
  • Learn strategy - what does it take-where do I need to play the ball in order to score points 
  • Remembering the opponents weak points - alot of teams when they score points against their opponent forget to remember (I've been dying to say that in a sentence) what they did in the last play that worked for them. If a tip to the middle or deep cross court scored for you why not keep doing that ..until the opposing team ..makes an adjustment. Learn to continue to do what works…until it doesn’t work anymore
  • Speed - quick thinking, quick reacting
  • Communication
  • Teamwork - working with a partner especially when the size of the court gets larger. Who’s going to get deep balls and who’s going to get short ones? .

Five Reasons Why Fun Volleyball Drills Are Good For Practice 




Besides being fun volleyball drills, what's great about these short court mini-games is that you end up:

  • getting warmer faster than you would in a typical warmup
  • letting your body react to the ball and do what its going to do on autopilot
  • have fun faster and tend to forget how tired you are
  • give the brain a concentration break and have fun
  • have fun…wait ..I think I said that already…


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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. 



Fun Volleyball Drills: 
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