Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill Use With Odd Numbers Of Players

Usually in practice there's an even number of players but with an odd number of players you can use the three person pepper volleyball drill as a warmup option




One of the first drills every high school and club player learns is the pepper volleyball drill, which is a warmup drill used to increase and improve your ability to control the ball using four of the six basic skills setting, passing, hitting and digging. 


We do variations of the Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill in Warmups in Breakfast Club with Coach April especially when we have an odd number of players.


Concentrate on improving your ball control skills during your pepper drill warm-up. 

What you do in pre-game warm-up prepares you for game performance. Practice in pepper how you want to play in the game



Work on proper setting and serve receive skill, form, and technique when performing pepper during pre-game warm-up. 

Every opportunity to play pepper is another opportunity to improve your basic setting and serve receive skills. Take advantage of it. 





Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill Use With Odd Numbers Of Players




Use the three player pepper volleyball drill warmup to

  • become the best passer on your team

Focus on keeping your partner from moving more than one step in any direction to pass the ball back to you. 

The Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill During Breakfast Club Volleyball Class with Coach April


Practice using excellent technique

Every opportunity to practice your arm swing makes you a hitter that reaches high for every set. 

Imagine clearing the net height even when you pepper. This helps you contact the ball at its highest height. 



What Should Your Goals Be For The Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill?


  • With your two partners don't play small play big and push each other

You improve faster when you push yourself beyond your comfort zone, land become okay with earning to do things that make you uncomfortable at first

Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill - Hit, Set and Dig with Carmela, Adlai and Alex


Your goal is to be in this low stance before the ball gets to you, not as it is getting to you.





  • Learn to react quickly and rely on quick reflexes that can control the ball  

Then dig a controlled high ball back to your partner without making your partner move more than one step in any direction. 

This is what helps you improve your control of the ball.


  • Narrow your focus so the only thing that you are focused on is the ball.

This will help you increase your concentration and the focus you need to have during tense game moments. 


Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill Use With Odd Numbers Of Players

Three Player Pepper Volleyball Drill with Carm, Cass and Adlai

Playing with a male or someone better or stronger than you makes you a better, stronger, faster player.


  • Commit to hitting harder at your partner as your ball control skills improve during pepper warm-up. 

By hitting harder, you and your partner increase your reactions and ability to dig hard spikes. It also reduces your fear of digging hard hit balls.




Three Player Pepper Volleyball drill with Kate, Adlai and Alex


  • Do your Pepper drill with a player that's better than you and has much better ball control skills. 

Playing with a male or someone better or stronger than you makes you a better, stronger, faster player.


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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

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. 


Three Player Pepper Volleyball: 
Where Do You Go From Here?


Your three options are: 

  1. You can learn more about Drills by visiting the Related Links below.  
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page  Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 


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