Coaching Volleyball Drills and Skills To Create Tough Outside Hitters

Learn how to be a mentally tough outside hitter with the volleyball drills and skill we do in semi-private training!

High contact during an attack hit photo by CE AndersenHigh contact during an attack hit photo by CE Andersen


The volleyball drills and skills we do for hitters in semi-private training sessions are designed to help you improve the various ways you need to be able to attack or spike a volleyball past the block. 

Volleyball Hitting Drills
Developing Mentally
Tough Hitters Who Can Hit
Alot of Balls


Certain hitting volleyball drills and skills study are designed to help players develop an aggressive mindset when they go up to hit. 

Hitters have to learn how to hit balls aggressively for points and outside hitters have to be ready and able to hit alot of balls. 


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Why Do Left Side Hitters Usually
Receive More Sets?


When the setter is at the net, waiting to run her offense, she faces her left side outside hitter in Zone 4 and middle blocker in zone 3. 

This puts the setter in a position to give her outside hitter alot of sets, especially a setter who is less experienced and doesnt have the talent to give many balls to the middle or back set behind her to her setter in Zone 2. 


Tennessee setter # 17 is running her offense facing her middle blocker #41 and her left side hitter #14.Tennessee setter # 17 is running her offense facing her middle blocker #41 and her left side hitter #14.


The left side hitter should know she is going to get the majority of the balls set by the setter. 

Why?

Because at the beginning of each rally, when her team is in serve receive the setter sets up at the net facing the left side of the court.

She sets up just right of the center of the net always keeping her left side hitter and middle blocker in front of her.   Its easier for her to get the ball out to the left side of the court, especially if she has just received an imperfect pass which forces her to set the ball on the run. 

If she wants to set the right side player behind her she will have to deliver a back set. 



A left side hitter on most high school and club teams should expect to spike the ball quite often during each set, so they need be well-conditioned athletes in that position. 

So another reason to do hitting volleyball drills and skills is to build up physical endurance, mental strength and confidence to hit a lot of balls against a two-person block during a match. 

You learn not to just hit the balls but to develop the fearlessness and emotional toughness to repeatedly be in pressure-filled games and be able to terminate match winning points without backing down or being afraid. 


Volleyball Hitting Drills
Nine Person Pepper Drill


Check out this hitting drill called Nine Person Pepper. 

Both left and right outside hitters, are working on

  • hitting hard, 
  • being aggressive 
  • while working on their physical conditioning while having to run under the net to hit from the left side and the right side. 






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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. 




For more volleyball drills check out:

Dope Youth Volleyball Drills We Do To Improve Our Ball Control Skills



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Adopt a fearless attitude about hitting. Great hitters have confidence in their ability to hit against any block.
Become a tenacious tiger about hitting against a two-person block. Remember you have options making you effective against a two-person block.
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Ask your back row players, between plays, to tell you whether the middle blocker is late closing the block. They are perfectly positioned to help you see what is going on in the front row.
Wipe the ball off the block. “Use” the block instead of always trying to hit past it. You can learn to wipe the ball off the hands of the outside block no matter how tall you are.
Spike the ball aiming for the outside arm of the outside blocker in front of you.
Hit the ball hard so it comes back off her arm and outside the sideline. Hitting like this keeps the defense from covering the ball, makes points, creates sideouts, keeps you in the game...