Looking for a variation to your partner passing drills?
What can you do if you have an odd number of players?
During your practice warmups after you do the traditional passing back and forth, try combining a group of two players with a group of three players for some cross court digging reps.
In the group of three, after the passer passes, they follow their ball to the other side and turn around quickly to pass the next ball.
At this point in the video, we, oops sorry “they” had been passing nonstop for at least 4-5 minutes following different patterns and directions that I called out. Stopping the ball wasn’t allowed.
I explained everything while everyone was passing. 1000 reps a day make you better faster, remember?
I’ll show you in another of my volleyball ball control drills articles what can be done with a group of 5 or even 7 passers working together with two balls moving at the same time.
In this drill we are working on the following elements.
Everyone works together as a group of five because everyone has to work together to control their ball so it doesn’t get in the path of the other player’s ball or drift too far off course forcing the drill to stop.
Many players play with tunnel vision on the court.
When they focus on the ball..that’s the ONLY thing they see.
As you’ve seen in many of my drills we work on “wide vision” where as a player I can focus on the ball but I use my peripheral vision (look up that word), without turning my head, to see and have a feel for who and what’s happening on my right and on my left.
The group of three decided they’d pass the lower ball so the two balls wouldn’t contact in the air. The lower pass means they have to move faster to get to the other side while controlling the ball and getting it right to the target.
Anticipating where the ball could go, who needs to move where.
You can’t think about your last mistake if you’re talking to your teammate about the short pass that’s coming.
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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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