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SEPTEMBER DRILLS

WARM-UP DRILL

BACKCOURT EXCHANGE

This is a three-step progression drill
designed to work on ball control and
encourage aggressive back row
attacks.
Stage 1 consists of 3-on-3 play with
players in LB, MB, and RB on both
sides of the net. The coach tosses
a free ball to either side, who must
then pass, set, and attack from the
back row. Players rotate spots after
each rally.

Stage 2 consists of 4-on-4 play with
defensive players in LB, MB, and RB and
one designated setter in the front row. The
coach plays a free ball to either side and play
continues with the same rules as stage 1.
Stage 3 consists of 5-on-5 play with the
same rules as the first two stages. The only
difference is the addition of a middle hitter on
each side who is the only player allowed to
attack from the front row. Depending on your
level, players can rotate after each rally or
every time the ball goes over the net.
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the hitter drops back off of the net for the third and final time to hit an out-of-system ball that is set by a player (non-setter) in the back row. the hitter quickly transitions off the net again for another set from the setter. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. Coaches should encourage players to move quickly throughout the drill while being careful not to start their approach too early. One hitter starts by transitioning off the net when the coach initiates the drill by tossing to the setter. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . After hitting the second ball.SEPTEMBER DRILLS WARM-UP DRILL 3 IN A ROW This hitting drill focuses on a game-like situation where hitters need to transition and attack multiple balls in a row. After attacking the first ball.

The player passes the ball to their partner at the net who sets them off the net. pass. and then the player hits over the net to the player who started the drill. Not counting the initial serve over the net.SEPTEMBER DRILLS WARM-UP DRILL OVER-THE-NET PEPPER This variation of pepper is a great warmup drill for ball control and getting lots of repetitions in all skills. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . every time the ball goes over the net. Each pepper group contains four players. Two players are on each side of the net – one at the net (the “setter”) and one in the back row (the “hitter”). WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. The first player will now pass to their partner and the cycle continues. and communicate to keep the ball alive. set. hit. One of the hitters initiates the drill with a serve to the hitter on the other side. the team who hit it over will switch positions so that the hitter becomes the setter and vice versa. Players must serve.

In this variation. The player digs to the X and rotates to the end of the opposite line. Players continue to rotate this way as long as the ball is kept in play.SEPTEMBER DRILLS SKILL DRILL DIG SET This is a great drill for the entire team to work on defense and out-of-system setting. Two lines of players start in the back row. This first player is the only one who does not get two contacts (a set and then a dig) before rotating off. The other player on the court steps in and sets the ball cross-court to the second coach who hits it back to them. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . One variation of this drill is to have players hit the down balls to defenders instead of having coaches hit them. once a player digs a down ball. The drill begins when one coach standing at the net hits a down ball cross-court to a player who digs to the X in the middle of the court and then goes to the back of the opposite line. they then take the place of the person who hit it and become the new down ball hitter. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW.

The blocker must watch and read the setter’s movements in order to make the blocking movement to the correct spot. A coach tosses three free balls to a team on the opposite side of the net. and blocking movements for individual players. the three balls will no longer be set in order. One at a time. blockers line up in the middle of the court at the net and block three consecutive balls – middle. and opposite. they must set the middle.SEPTEMBER DRILLS SKILL DRILL INDIVIDUAL BLOCKING This drill works on blocking. It is especially useful for middle blockers. In order. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. left side. left side. After each blocker has done this progression several times. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . and right side. reading.

First. The third round can be repeated several times with each zone the coach identifies as the target for that round. To add a fun twist to the drill. players are tasked with an easy goal of six consecutive serves inside the court (from the team. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. With each round. the serving objective should get more and more difficult for players to execute. Players line up on one end line with a coach standing on the opposite side of the court. coaches inside the court can be worth +2 points when hit with a serve. not one individual player). Serving is the only skill that players have complete control over so it’s important to practice it every single day. and the score is reset when hit. Or the coach can be something that players are trying to avoid hitting. Next.SEPTEMBER DRILLS SKILL DRILL PRECISION SERVING Use this precision serving drill to train accurate serving. Players are tasked with getting six consecutive serves into a single zone before the drill is over. players must focus on just one half of the court and again need six consecutive serves to complete the round. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE .

It is normal for setters to take multiple repetitions to figure out the correct set tempo for each hitter. Adding blockers will help simulate a game-like situation. The drill also helps hitters learn to adjust to varying sets. The hitter must wait for the ball to leave the setter’s hands as a real set (not a self-set) before starting their approach. The setter self-sets a few times to initiate the drill. The drill can be done with outside and middle hitters individually or both at the same time.SEPTEMBER DRILLS SKILL DRILL HITTER TIMING This is a great drill to do with a new team to help hitters get a feeling for their setter and the set tempo. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . Players blocking can rotate to become a hitter after a certain number of blocks.

WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. The following three rounds require three consecutive passes to target. a target and a few servers. The passers are responsible for passing balls into the target area. MB to RB. First. All four rounds must be completed within 2 minutes to complete the drill.SEPTEMBER DRILLS SKILL DRILL 5-3-5-3 PASSING This drill requires three passers. five nonconsecutive passes to target. and another three consecutive passes to target before they can rotate. and RB to LB). five non-consecutive passes to target must be completed before players are able to rotate (LB to MB. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE .

ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . The drill is done in two stages. a coach tosses a ball into the back row as both the middle and outside blocker jump to block (an imaginary ball). The outside and middle blockers should rotate more often than other players in the drill. Train your blockers to be versatile athletes who can excel in every situation. They then need to be quick and transition to the attack line before the setter reaches the second ball in order to run a successful offensive play.SEPTEMBER DRILLS TEAM DRILL BLOCK & TRANSITION This is a great drill to work on team defense and improve a hitter’s transition to offense after blocking. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. a coach plays a ball into the back row as both the middle and outside blocker jump to block a second ball hit by a different coach. In the second stage. Again they need to be quick and transition to the attack line in order to get a full approach. In the first stage.

Players are still required to accelerate to the sideline after each pass to tag their teammate. The acceleration drill should push players to the limits of their defensive capabilities.SEPTEMBER DRILLS TEAM DRILL ACCELERATION DRILL Use this drill to teach players defensive pursuit while also working on agility and conditioning. Each player will take turns digging a ball hit deep to the middle of the court. a short ball can also be played to each side in between each deep ball. Each player will have to accelerate forward to dig a tipped or tossed ball and sprint back to the end line to tag their teammate before returning to their ready position and accelerating to dig the next ball. The speed of this drill should increase as players get the hang of the motion. Start with two or three defensive players in the back court. Once this has gone through several rotations. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW.

MB moves to LB. or errors reset the score to zero. Point totals should be adjusted for the level of the team. This is a 4-on-4 drill with players in left back. the setter leaves the drill. Players should rotate positions every time the ball is hit over the net. For instance. middle back. tips. LB to LF. LF to setter. controlled hitting and cooperation among all players to earn points for the whole team. Free balls. A coach initiates the drill with a free ball to either side. Each pass-set-hit combo counts for a single point as long as the ball is hit to the player in zone 4. and the substitution comes in at MB.just 4 consecutive pass-set-hit contacts. Each team is responsible for three touches that ends with an attack from the left front. it might be “Drill of 4” for a younger team -. the two teams have to combine for 15 consecutive pass-set-hit contacts. or 6 on the other side.SEPTEMBER DRILLS TEAM DRILL DRILL OF 15 The Drill to 15 requires ball control. To get a total of 15 points. Substitutions line up behind the middle back position. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . left front and a setter in right front. 5.

Penn State uses the drill to isolate hitting positions and give the setter practice at creating the best opportunities for each hitter to score. even when the other team knows that player is going to be set. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . To play left vs. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. There are three variations of this drill . and takes a point away from the team when any hitter makes an error. The rest of the team is responsible for getting the ball into the best possible scenario to make that to happen. right. In this case. and middle vs. any points scored by players other than the left side hitter will just lead to that side winning the serve and no point awarded.left vs. each team can only score with a kill from their left side hitter. left. Another variation stresses not making errors. right vs. 6 drill puts pressure on an individual player to perform well consistently in order to earn points for their team as a whole. left.SEPTEMBER DRILLS TEAM DRILL HITTER vs HITTER This 6 vs. middle.

Only the team who is receiving free balls is able to score points in each two minute round. the next team will start serving and begin their two minutes. After the two minutes is up. How it works: A round lasts for two minutes. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE . Coaches can either set a round limit or point goal in order to motivate players. All rallies won off of free balls count as points for that team.SEPTEMBER DRILLS TEAM DRILL ALABAMA This competitive 6 on 6 drill focuses on team offense during free ball situations. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. One team starts serving and must win two rallies off of their serve before they start receiving free balls tossed in by a coach.

In this example. A team of servers goes up against a team of passers to earn points for various tasks set by the coach each round. servers must serve the ball into zone 1 to have a chance at earning points. in or out of the zone. The serving team earns a point every time a serve in that zone is not passed to the target with a score of a 2 or 3. Any ball. WATCH VIDEO DRILLS | SCOUTING REPORTS | IDEAS DRAW. Passers earn points by passing a ball with a rating of 2 or 3. ORGANIZE & SHARE LIKE NEVER BEFORE .SEPTEMBER DRILLS TEAM DRILL SERVERS vs PASSERS Use this drill to increase serving precision and passing accuracy. given by a coach. determined by a coach. Balls passed with a score under 2 that was passed outside of the designated zone should receive no penalty. may be passed for points.