Volleyball Passing and Serving Drills We Do in Semi-Private Training 

These individual and partner volleyball passing and serving drills are what we work on to improve your volleyball skills  

Repetitions of volleyball passing and serving drills need to be done daily to keep your technique, vision, speed and accuracy sharp!Repetitions of volleyball passing and serving drills need to be done daily to keep your technique, vision, speed and accuracy sharp!

These volleyball passing and serving drills are designed to help two players work on two skills at the same time one to improve passing skills and the other to improve serving skills.




Be sure to watch this video where I explain how if you're a passer, how you should hold your hands in order to create a platform that helps you guide the ball to the target during your volleyball passing and serving drills. 



How To Improve Your Volleyball Serving Skills


You improve your float serving or jump float serving technique, by doing numerous repetitions of serves to one, two or three passers on the other side of the net.

At first, you can serve directly to the passer a series of serves meant to get you both in a rhythm so you warmup your skills.

As a server at the early stages of this type of passing and serving drill you focus on the technical aspects of your serve like

  • contacting the ball in front of your hitting shoulder
  • making consistent tosses that are located in the same place every time you serve
  • contacting the middle of the ball with the flat middle part of your hand

Then as you get warmer you can start working on serving placement, and increasing serving power and strength by serving tough enough to try and place the passers on the other side in difficulty so you can score from the service line. 


How To Improve Your Volleyball Passing Skills


You improve your passing skills by increasing your ability to pass well placed tough or high speed serves to the target, repeatedly in our practices and semi-private training.



In order to do this, once you get used to passing balls thrown at you, and then easy served balls aimed AT you, then you progress to tough high speed balls served from the opposing court in practice. 

I like to start with a warmup passing drill where you go against the wall to focus on your passing technique before getting on the court and progressing to passing with a partner. 


In this drill I like for servers to keep a certain rhythm so the passer isn’t waiting long between reps this way you can make quick tweaks to your passing technique while creating muscle memory faster.



3 Volleyball Passing and Serving Drills:
3 Partner Passing Group Drill



Let's get into the specifics as to how you would do this with your teammates in practice . 

  • Form groups of 3 on one half court with a server, a target, and a passer.

The server is working on performing correct serving technique and consistently serving the ball to the target down the line. 

The passer is working on performing the correct passing technique and passing consistently to the target.

The target catches the ball and bounces it back to the server after the server has completed their serve.

The Court is divided into thirds and in each third there’s a group of three with a server a passer and a target.

In serving warmups the server is aiming to serve between the chest and belly button of the passer. 

Working on 

  • serving technique and target practice
  • Contacting the ball in the same place every time to get the ball to go to the same place

In passing warmups working on

  • watching the server’s body language then
  • tracking the ball all the way into your platform
  • Controlling body parts so you can control the ball
  • Working to finish your movement to the ball and footwork BEFORE passing it (fast feet)

Figuring out how much to angle the platform to get the ball to the target.

How low is low in your passing stance?

How low do you need to go to keep your hips below the level of the ball when contacting it?

Working on

Working on

  • starting position with hands extended straight out in front without hyper bent elbows .. because as the serve gets tougher.. all you have time to do... is put your hands together...good servers will not give passers time to straighten elbows before putting hands together

3 Volleyball Passing and Serving Drills:
Three Servers vs One Passer


Three servers line up on the opposing court.

I like to stagger the servers so one is behind the service line, one a few feet inside the service line and one server usually the most cross court server is at half court. 



Passers Get Served Three Balls In a. Row

The first server in Zone 1 serves the ball first all the time, followed by the second server in Zone 6 and the third server that's standing at half court between Zone 5 and Zone 4.  

I stagger the servers in this way on the opposing court so that the passer has some balls coming from behind the service line, just like what happens in the game, but the remaining two balls come from a shorter distance away.

This means the balls get to the passer alot faster, giving them less time to read and react to the oncoming serve, forcing them to perform the correct passing technique quickly. 


In this drill I like for servers to keep a certain rhythm so the passer isn’t waiting long between reps... this way you can make quick tweaks to your passing technique while creating muscle memory faster.

Servers working accuracy and technique and will serve 5 rounds serving to the left back passer

The server switches with passer

5 rounds serving to middle back.
Switch passers with server

5 rounds serving to right back
Switch passer with server

5 rounds serving left front to Zone 4
Switch passer with server

5 rounds serving middle front to Zone 3.
Switch passer with server

5 rounds serving right front to Zone 2 
Switch passer with server


With this volleyball passing and serving drill you are working on passing the ball consistently to the setter target in Zone 3...without making the setter move. 





What can you be working on during certain volleyball passing and serving drills during warmups?



Strong Shoulders 

WATCH! The power of holding strong rigid shoulders (during your pass) - to create the correct angle necessary with your platform to help direct the ball to your intended target. 

In the video above the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th pass had strong frozen shoulders…only the 3rd pass could’ve had the same strong shoulders that would help better angle the ball to the target.

Like driving a car, you need to keep your shoulders strong and steady in order to hold on to the steering wheel ...which guides the direction the car will go in.

When you are passing in volleyball the idea is similar - your shoulders need to be strong and held steady to help hold your angled platform which guides the ball to the intended target.

Great job, Charlie!


3 Volleyball Passing and Serving Drills That Work on Players Passing Deep Serves




Reese is reading and reacting quickly using "fast feet" or quick footwork to move deeper in the court beating the ball to the spot she anticipates it’s going land...

Then she stays in her low passing position and being patient enough... not to rise up but let that ball come down where she can control it. 

Carmela uses the other technique we practice when a ball is coming right at your head.

You turn sideways to let the ball pass you, then you drop your inside shoulder to present your angled platform in the path of the ball so you redirect it back to your zone 3 where your setter is waiting to run the attack. 




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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. 






Volleyball Drills: 
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  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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