Two Youth Volleyball Drills We Do To Improve Ball Control Skills Fast

My ball control drills are great practice drills you can do at home to improve your ball control skills.


Here are some youth volleyball drills that you can do at home or in practice with a friend or teammate you are working out with at home or on their own or even during an open gym at your school.

I get requests all the time, especially in my Instagram DMs, from middle school and high school players like yourself for ball control drills that can be done to improve ball control skills. 


Youth Volleyball Drills Half Court-Full Court Partner Ball Control Drill


Here's how I set up our "Half Court-Full Court Partner Ball Control Drill"



This partner drill has two players starting on the same side of the court, 

First you dig to yourself, set to yourself, hit a down ball to your partner.

After we get a rhythm doing this back and forth for a few exchanges…then…

…the partner at the net after doing their hitting dig-set-hit combination

-turns and runs under the net and quickly turns back to face their partner…while calling for the ball that’s hit over the net to them….and they do their dig-set-hit combination.

-Once they hit the ball, they follow the ball. ..running back under the net so they are on the same side again. 

One person can travel back and forth at a time taking 4-5 trips back and forth under the net or players can alternate going back and forth under the net

What are we working on in this drill?

Wide vision - when they first started doing this the partner on the end line was so focused on looking up at the ball that they didn't even know when their partner had left to go under the net.

Staying behind the ball - when doing the dig-set-hit combination learn how to stay behind the ball so you keep the ball along with the net in your eye line …it helps you see more of the court.

Ball control, ball control, ball control.

Reaching high while learning what hand placement on the ball is needed to get the ball to the intended target.

Target practice- consistently getting the ball where you want it to go (in this case to your partner but during your match—to an open spot on the court).

Communication- talk talk talk.


More about this drill:

We did it as a progression first.

With the person going under the net and staying on the other side for 2-3 reps before they came back under.

So they’d stay on the same side for 2-3 exchanges just to control the ball before going back under the net.

It took awhile to get a rhythm with the one partner going back and forth.

But we eventually got there. 


Youth Volleyball Drills
Target Practice and Ball Control


Carmela and Kenny work on a full court partner ball control volleyball drill. 




Dig to yourself, set to yourself, down ball to your partner.

What are they working on?

Reading the Hitter - so you know where to position yourself to dig their ball

Quick feet, quick reaction with hips below the level of the ball and straight elbows that control the ball on the dig

Controlling the first contact (dig) so you can make a controlled second contact (set) from a balanced position without falling all over the place

Controlling the second contact (set) so you can make a controlled third contact  (hit).

Hand placement on the ball so you can direct it to go EXACTLY where you want it to go (in this case to your partner across the net but in most cases to an OPEN space on the opposing team’s court)



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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 youth volleyball 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. 


For more volleyball drills check out:

Dope Youth Volleyball Drills We Do To Improve Our Ball Control Skills

Beginner Volleyball Drills You Can Do At Home To Improve Ball Control




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