Volleyball Drills For Beginners To Improve Volleyball Bumping At Home

For newbies who want to learn about at home volleyball drills for beginners looking to improve their ability to read the ball during their passing drills.   

Here are some volleyball drills for beginners you can do at home (David Armstrong)Here are some volleyball drills for beginners you can do at home (David Armstrong)

These volleyball drills for beginners drills are what to do at home after you've learned the basic setting and passing skills. 


Volleyball Drills for Beginners
Learning To Read and Anticipate Where The Ball Is Going To Land


How to use this simple pass and set ball control drill to improve how to “read” and anticipate what an opposing player plans to do with the ball and where you should be in order to pass or set it to your target.  

Like in most beginner volleyball drills, one player will "guide" the drill while the other player "works" the drill.

In the video, the player closest to the net guides the drill making early decisions on where she’s going to set the ball to her partner, either three feet to her left or three feet to her right. 



The “working” player starts in front of their partner and “reads” the body language of the "guide" partner quickly enough to understand and anticipate where they intend to send the ball.

Learning how to do this is important because in a game situation you’ll need to be able

  • to read the opposing team's players passing platform OR
  • the opposing team's setting hands OR
  • hitting arm to see how they intend to hit it into your court.

Or you need to read and anticipate whether you think they are going to tip it.

For this drill the working partner “reads” the setting hands and then tracks the ball as quickly as possible before using a shuffle step to get to the place she thinks will land ...before the ball gets there. 



In practice we work on believing what you see.

A lot of times you see the ball, where it’s going to land but you don’t move for it because you question in your mind whether you’re “seeing” the right thing.

We work on reacting to what we see, no question.




Then we work on “beating” the ball to where we think it’s going to land, not timing it. If you get there at the same time as the ball, you’re late.

Read it. Believe it. Move.



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Many of these beginner volleyball 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. 




Volleyball Drills for Beginners 
Where Do You Go From Here?


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  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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