Volleyball Pepper: What Does It Mean And How Do You Play In Volleyball

Volleyball pepper drills are warmup drills used in pre-game matches and volleyball practices that backrow and defensive players use to improve digging skills.

Volleyball pepper drills help improve the digging accuracy of liberos, defensive specialists and backrow players. (Keith Allison)Volleyball pepper drills help improve the digging accuracy of liberos, defensive specialists and backrow players. (Keith Allison)


Volleyball pepper drills are the key especially, if you want to improve your defensive game and be a six rotation player who can play the entire match without having to come off the court.




I've chosen these two pepper skills that we regularly do in our Vegas Boot camp classes and clinics because they emphasize our type of volleyball training designed


Two Volleyball Pepper Skills We Use In Our Vegas Boot Camp Class Pepper Drills


1. Practice with someone bigger and better than you are

2. Use the Pepper drill to increase spiking and digging intensity while maintaining ball control

Let's dig deeper into these tactics...




Volleyball Pepper Tips 
Practice With Someone Bigger and Better Than You Are


When you get the chance to do volleyball pepper with a guy with good ball control skills, do it. Always.  

Playing with a male or someone bigger, better or stronger than you are, makes you learn how to be a better, stronger, faster defensive volleyball player in a shorter amount of time.



I have coed Boot Camp classes on purpose so that girls learn to pepper and defend against bigger faster guys their age or older. 

Guys hit harder and move faster and have an aggressive attitude that girls need to adopt while digging and playing defense.

Surround yourself with people/players who are better than you are, learn from them and have them make you work hard and challenge you and you will become a better volleyball player alot faster.


Volleyball Pepper Tips 
What does pepper mean in volleyball?

Villanova team does the pepper drill during their pre-game warmup. (Char1lieJ)Villanova team does the pepper drill during their pre-game warmup. (Char1lieJ)

The Pepper warmup drill is one of the best opportunities for you to practice the individual volleyball digging and hitting skills using the correct technique you need to improve your game.

Every opportunity you have to touch the ball should be used to contact the ball correctly.

Many players take pepper for granted and since the ball is coming at them slowly, they flake, and ignore using the proper technique.

Hitting the ball with a low elbow in pepper means you increase the chance you’ll hit the ball low in hitting warm-ups and continue hitting the ball low in a game.


Watch how we do the Volleyball Pepper .  Drill in Boot Camp class. 

Volleyball Ball Control Drills: 30 Second Pepper Warmup Drill For Conditioning and Ball Control


They start hitting the ball lowering their elbow instead of hitting the ball the way they would when they are at the net. 

In boot camp classes we make sure players remember...

  • Bending your knees so your hips are below the level of the oncoming ball,
  • Keeping a straight platform with shoulders over your knees while digging


Passing the ball with your legs, setting the ball high giving your partner time to swing and reach high to hit back at you... all these volleyball pepper techniques should be practiced in your pepper warmup so that at game time-- you've already performed these skills so many times that that your muscle memory is automatic and you begin to perform these skills the same way you need to perform them in competition.


All these volleyball digging and hitting techniques should be practiced in your pepper warmup.All these volleyball digging and hitting techniques should be practiced in your pepper warmup.

Thanks for visiting. Be sure to check out more of my volleyball passing articles by clicking one of the links below! (April Chapple)Thanks for visiting. Be sure to check out more of my volleyball passing articles by clicking one of the links below! (April Chapple)

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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

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:
Where Do You Go Now?


Okay here's where you need to go now! There are three options: 

  1. Learn more about Digging and Defense by clicking 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. 
  4. Before leaving this page Say "Hi" to Miss O.I Gotchu the Octopus wearing the #8 jersey below.  Miss O.I. is the libero for the All Beast VolleyBragSwag All Star team.








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