Transition Drills For Volleyball Players To Go From Offense To Defense

Watch how quickly these transition drills for volleyball hitters help you become a better front court player who can go from offense to defense in a rally. 




Volleyball transition occurs when your team is on defense and digs a ball that stays on your side in a rally now your team "transitions" from being the team on defense to being the team on offense.

Once a rally starts with a serve, the serving team is on defense and the team that receives the serve is on offense. 

When the ball goes over the net the roles of the teams change, so now the team that just served gets a chance to attack so they're on offense. 

Transition Drills For Volleyball Help Prepare You For What Happens After Your Team Digs A Ball


In a rally, after a team serves, the serving team is on defense and the team who is receiving the serve is on offense.


The team on defense has three blockers in the front row who will try and stop the opposing team's attack hit at the net by blocking the ball before it comes over the net.



If the blockers can't block it then the three players on defense in the back row, also called 'diggers' or 'defensive players', will use their defensive skills to dig the ball up to keep it off the ground so the opposing team can't score a point.


On defense, the block is the first line of defense for a team and the dig is the second and last line of defense for a team to try and keep an opposing team's attack hits from scoring points by keep the ball off the floor.

When your team blocks, you are defending your court at the net, and if the ball gets by the block, then your back row players. also known as 'diggers', defend your court by digging the ball up into the air so it doesn't hit the floor.

The minute your team digs a volleyball up and the ball stays on your side your team changes or "transitions" from being a team on defense to becoming a team on offense.


Your team keeps the opposing team's attack off your floor, but you've also set your team up to run an offensive attack sending the ball into the opposing team's court.

Now its their turn to try and block your team or dig a volleyball up that you or your attackers send into their court to try and score a point.



That's how volleyball transition works.


Watch how these transition drills for volleyball help hitters become faster better point scorers


Usually freshmen and JV high school volleyball team players transition slowly because the speed of the game is alot slower. 

The ball goes back and forth in each rally alot higher above the net and at a slower pace.


Transition Volleyball Drills: Four vs Four No Middle Blocker Games To 7, 9 or 15



As players move on to the next level the speed of the game increases because players have learned to move quickly with faster foot speed and lower faster sets go from their positions in offense to their positions in defense a lot faster.


Transition Drills for Volleyball: Four vs Four No Middle Blocker Games To 7, 9 or 15




I love this four vs four transition volleyball drill with no middle blockers. 

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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. 


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