Volleyball Drills For Passing Two Person Volleyball Drills For Passers

These 2 player volleyball drills for passing are warmup drills done at the beginning of practice and meant to prepare you to improve your serve receive skills. 




The three ways to improve your passing in volleyball is to increase your volleyball ball control ⁠

  • by increasing foot speed⁠ and beating the ball to the spot its coming down to
  • before it lands and⁠
  • be stopped when passing the ball ⁠

For better passing you need good ball control skills in order to deliver the ball to your intended target by using fast footwork that will improve the accuracy of your forearm pass. ⁠

If you adopt the following habits that we teach in our Boot Camp classes, in order to get a higher percentage of volleyball passes to your setter so your team can run an offensive play.⁠


Here are some volleyball drills for passing exercises players can do at home or in the gym to start improving ball control.

Start by passing the ball back and forth. One person is on the ten foot line and the other three feet inside the end line or back court line.

The person closest to the net, on the ten foot line, is the control “target” partner. 

This is the “target” person who never moves and where the partner who is working needs to get the ball to. 

If you’re the “working” partner then your job is to get the ball to the head of the “target” without making the target move. 

If the “target” partner has to move more than one step to get to the ball that you are passing, setting, or digging to them then you need to improve your ball control.

This is a volleyball player’s target practice.

Being able to get the ball right to the target you are aiming for…without the target moving… is what you are practicing to do. Get the ball to the target…without the target having to move.


Volleyball Drills For Passing
Shuffle Right Shuffle Left 


To practice moving laterally with quick foot work to your right and to your left the “control” partner passes the ball to the right of the “working partner’ who has to take a shuffle step to the right to pass the ball.



Volleyball Drills For Passing
Moving Short and Deep In The Court


The control partner passes a high ball 6 - 8 feet in the air. 

The “working partner” takes 2-3 steps forward to get feet and hips to the ball and passes the ball to the control partner after which they back pedal 2 -3 big steps backwards to pass a deep ball from the “control partner”. 

The goal is to pass short and deep balls to the head of the target partner without making them move at all. 



Volleyball Drills For Passing
Front Bump, Back Bump



Volleyball Drills For Passing
Partner Switch


Do you really want to test your ability to time the ball, use your wide vision to track your movements and your teammates movements, while still controlling the ball and using excellent passing technique? 

If you're working in a group of four try swapping partners while passing the ball straight ahead.  



In order for that to work all four participants have to communicate so everyone is on the same page. 

All four players need to understand who will make the decisions and who will follow directions. All four also need to come to an understanding as to when they will switch partners. 

This version of the drill helps players practice how to communicate with each other on the court.



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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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