Volleyball Spiking Drills To Help Improve A Hitters Spiking Skills  

The volleyball spiking drills and practice ideas we do to improve hitting skills work on beating the block, aiming for seams, and mixing up the hitters shots. 

Volleyball Spiking Drills and Practice Ideas for Hitters. Learn to score against a double block (Photo by Blue and White review)Volleyball Spiking Drills and Practice Ideas for Hitters. Learn to score against a double block (Photo by Blue and White review)


The volleyball spiking drills and practice ideas that we do in semi private training and Boot Camp classes are to prepare outside hitters and middle blockers to hit confidently in various pressure packed situations. 



You learn how to get the ball past a double block, how to hit the high seam between blockers hands, how to wipe off the block, how to mix up shots and how to hit deep corners.


Volleyball Spiking Drills and Practice Ideas for Hitters
Mixing Up Your Shots


As I mentioned earlier instead of actually spiking the ball all the time, smart hitters know when and how to mix up their attack hits. 

Smart players work hard in volleyball spiking drills  to make themselves unpredictable and hard to read by the opposing team defense. 

If you go up to spike the ball every time you attack, then it’s easy for the other team to anticipate what you are going to do and easy to set up a defense strategy against you.

But if you mix up your shots, like tipping the ball on a good set then its harder for the opposing volleyball team to know how and when to defend your  spikes and shots.

Olympian Brent Hilliard coach of the UC San Diego Toreros talks about several hitting volleyball drills he does in practice to teach his hitters how to make smart choices based on what they see the block do.




Volleyball Spiking Drills and Practice Ideas for Hitters
Spike To Deep Corners


Another important spiking strategy to practice to make yourself hard to read is to learn how to spike to the deep corners of the court.

This is an effective skill for all volleyball players to learn, regardless of how tall you are.



In volleyball spiking  drills in practice, by training to hit high, deep and long in the court, you train your body to automatically spike to the open areas of the court.

One of the best volleyball drills for hitting, I use in practices and in our weekly Friday Night Lights Open gym at Stupak Community Center, that will help you spike to the deep corners of the court is to play deep court double or triples, or four players against four players in volleyball practice.


Volleyball Spiking Drills and Practice Ideas for Hitters
Get Good At Hitting
Imperfect Sets


This also has to do with mixing up your shots.

To mix up your shots be prepared to to hit the imperfect out-of-system sets,and instead be ready to tip the good 'in-system" sets.

This doesn’t apply if you are spiking the ball against one blocker, if that’s the case then you should go ahead and spike the ball hard since you have the advantage.

But, in a transition play against a double block, if you get a good set, then consider tipping the ball.

Why? Because the defense is expecting you to spike the ball, because just like you see you've been given a great set, so do they!

So they expect you to hit it hard and there’s a good chance you will catch them leaning back on their heels waiting to absorb your hard hit.

On the other hand, if your setter sets you a high ball that’s a little off the net, since its your job as the outside hitter to hit everything, this is the imperfect set that you really want to spike.

As a spiker even after hours of volleyball hitting drills you can’t expect your setter to give you a perfect set every time you have to be ready to anticipate the need to move in case your setter doesn’t get the ball all the way outside to you.

You want to include in your volleyball spiking drills and practice, reps that help you learn how to spike the ugly sets and tip the beautiful ones, so you become unpredictable in the front row.


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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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Adopt a fearless attitude about hitting. Great hitters have confidence in their ability to hit against any block.
Become a tenacious tiger about hitting against a two-person block. Remember you have options making you effective against a two-person block.
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Ask your back row players, between plays, to tell you whether the middle blocker is late closing the block. They are perfectly positioned to help you see what is going on in the front row.
Use your back row players to help when you are in the front row. Ask them to tell what they see is open and what the other team is or is not doing.
Wipe the ball off the block. “Use” the block instead of always trying to hit past it. You can learn to wipe the ball off the hands of the outside block no matter how tall you are.
Spike the ball aiming for the outside arm of the outside blocker in front of you.
Hit the ball hard so it comes back off her arm and outside the sideline. Hitting like this keeps the defense from covering the ball, makes points, creates sideouts, keeps you in the game,