3 Efficient Volleyball Drills to Up Your Game
Volleyball is a sport that requires many specific movements. Unlike many other sports, there is rarely any long-distance running involved, unless you’re chasing down a shanked ball halfway across the court. There is rarely any contact involved either, other than the occasional accidental collision with a teammate, which is usually followed by a helping hand back up to your feet. Everything in volleyball revolves around constant communication, proper form, and good hitting technique. The movements are done in short bursts while looking upwards almost the entire time.
Agility is a must in this sport, and during the game time this is especially crucial. It can be hard to come up with ways to train your body in a sport-specific manner, so what are some volleyball drills that you can do at practice that will boost your skills and overall gameplay?
These drills are ones best done with your team, but you can do these on your own as well if you have some free time at the gym or if you have a few minutes before a big game. If you’re looking to up your game on the volleyball court, here are 3 volleyball drills you can do that will help you achieve that goal.
1. Serving Targets
This drill is pretty simple to set up and allows you to work with your team or by yourself. As a simple accuracy drill, it allows for your to work on finding the range on the court when serving.
To make the drill simple, we recommend taping off 3 areas of the court – the back left corner, back right corner, and the center. These areas should be taped as squares and be about 3 by 3 feet.
Begin by hitting the left corner, then the right, and finally the middle. You should hit each of the targets completely before you stop serving. The purpose of this drill is for you to hit each target accurately. If you serve the ball out of bounds or hit the net, then you have to go back to the last target and hit it again.
When done correctly, the result is better serving accuracy and consistency, which will give your team an advantage over others who don’t spend time working on these types of skills.
2. Plyometrics AKA Jump Training
Every volleyball player should make plyometrics an essential part of their training. There are many jump training exercises that you can do for this drill. To make it more challenging, we recommend adding resistance bands. Here are a few plyometric exercises that you can pick from to form a proper drill workout:
- Squat Jumps: This exercise challenges the lower half of your body, including the calves, quads, glutes, and hips. Work with this exercise by moving at a slower pace.
- Split Jump Lunge: Perfect for strengthening the quads, glutes, and hamstrings, this exercise requires a full range of motion. Start in lunging position and then push off both feet simultaneously, ending in the same position with your feet reversed.
- Box Jumps: This one is pretty simple and requires a secure stepping box or elevated platform. Begin with both feet together, jump and land softly on the box. Step down slowly and repeat!
3. Miss the Targets
This one is similar to the serving targets drill mentioned above, however, instead of hitting the targets you are working to miss the targets. This drill is an excellent way to make the defense struggle during a game.
What you’ll need are three objects. These objects can be chairs, cones, and even gym bags. You’ll want to set these items in three sections on the back of the court. To start, you will need to ensure that your serves are not hitting the objects but rather aiming for space in between. The objective is to create confusion on the defense team of your opponent and take advantage of the communication you are forming with your team.
When you master this drill, you are also forming greater serving skills and learning to identify the weak areas of your opponent’s defense.
One More Tip
Volleyball is a game that requires a lot of cardio and endurance, which is why you need to ensure you are continually working on your conditioning to stay in tip-top shape. We understand the difficulties of working on conditioning. However, it will improve your overall game performance.
These drills are great to do on your own time, but for the best results, you really want to look into some private coaching with a trained professional, preferably at an athletic training center with the proper volleyball equipment. There you’ll find a coach who can show you a variety of different drills designed to improve your speed, power, and accuracy.
Until you make it to such a place, however, the volleyball drills discussed in this article are a great way to up your game. You can run these drills with a partner or alone in your free time, and they will work anywhere you have enough room to run.