Volleyball Drills To Improve Hitting Balls In With A Quicker Armswing

These 3 volleyball drills to improve hitting more balls in the court with a much quicker armswing and an aggressive spike approach to help reach over blockers.

Watch as outside hitter Jacob Ceci swings hard and purposefully wipes the ball against the outside arm of Tommi's block to score a point in this rally during volleyball practice.

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Club class Kate Prior (BYU), Kamry Baily (Utah), Brooklyn (Univ of Connecticut), Tommi Stockham (Cal Poly) Sierra Leone Sanchez (Adam State), Ken Buen (Vanguard Univ), Jacob Ceci (GCU) 


If your problem is that you have a slow spike approach and a slow arm swing then you first need to speed up the last two steps of your three or four step spike approach in order to

  • increase your vertical jump and 
  • gather speed in order to create power

These suggestions for volleyball drills to improve hitting approach speed explain the three step and four step spike approach techniques that create the power for your spiking attacks.⁠

Fun Volleyball Drills To Improve Hitting With A Strong Spike Approach


Your hitting or spike approach is a set number of steps, usually a three-step approach or a four-step approach that you make

  • to gather the speed
  • gain forward momentum

needed to get in the air to make contact with the ball at its highest point. ⁠

Think of it this way, a hitter needs a runway to take off just like an airplane does. 

When an airplane is ready for take off, it makes its approach down the runway to gather speed and velocity so that it can lift itself up in the air.⁠

Well, a player learns to do the same thing, before they can hit a ball and before they begin to initiate their volleyball spike technique. ⁠




  Here’s one of the Volleyball Drills To Improve Hitting Timing During Your Spike Approach That You Can Work On By Yourself


Problem: If you find yourself hitting balls out

  • because you’re underneath the ball that’s been set to you and 
  • if you’re looking for ways to get the most power out of your spike approach jump… this drill could help you solve those to issues.

Hadley works on:

Solution:

👉🏾attacking the last two steps of her spike approach .. while also

👉🏾working on staying behind the ball she bump sets to herself without drifting under it.

1. Bump to yourself then

2. bump set to yourself..

3. take the last two steps of your spike approach… combined with your aggressive well timed armswing.

With your armswing..

👉🏾Keep your elbow high as you reach to hit the ball ..

👉🏾contacting it at the 12 o’clock spot on the ball.

In this version I had Hadley start with her back to the net.. just to make it more challenging.. but you don’t have to do it that way.

Good luck!


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These 3 volleyball drills to improve hitting more balls in the court with a much quicker armswing and an aggressive spike approach to help reach over blockers.These 3 volleyball drills to improve hitting more balls in the court with a much quicker armswing and an aggressive spike approach to help reach over blockers.


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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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