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Simple and Fun Volleyball Drills (with helpful videos)

Updated on June 27, 2011

Volleyball is one of the most enjoyable sports out there- the rules are easy, not much space is needed, and nearly everyone knows how to play.

That said, I have a friend who absolutely hates the sport. Every time a ball gets thrown her way, she cowers and screams, and blames traumatic forced volleyball sessions in high school gym for her aversion to all things fun.

Volleyball does not have to be intimidating so long as it is taught correctly. Here are some fun volley ball drills you can try out with friends, kids, relatives, students, and coworkers on a fun Saturday afternoon to help introduce them to the sport.

If You Have a Wall

If you're trying to introduce volleyball to just one friend and want them to be able to practice on their own, it might be helpful to work with a wall.

Have your friend work on hitting the wall with a volleyball at different distances as many times as they can. If your friend is like the volleyball-hating friend I referred to earlier, he/she might be made nervous about other people hurling balls in their direction. This drill allows your friend to ease into the sport without depending on the control (or lack thereof) of another person, so it's great for particularly sports-averse, shy, or uncoordinated people.

If You Have Multiple People

If you're working with a small group of friends, you have the benefit of being able to try some drills that are often used by teams as they warm up.

One such drill is the Pass and Run (or Active Passing), in which players station themselves about 20 feet apart and practice passing the ball and then running to the other station (see the video to the right). This drill can be fun if you have two different teams and make a contest of seeing who can keep the ball in continuous action for the longest. This drill is also good for folks who are just starting out with volleyball and are not familiar with the rules, because a net and the typical game dynamics have yet to come into play.

Another very simple drill you can work on with only two people is hitting and digging, in which one player hits from above while the other hits from below (so the ball travels more in a diagonal line between the two players than an arch). This drill is great for the point at which new players are ready to work on alternate ways of hitting the ball.

Have Fun!

The most important thing to keep in mind is that whoever you are doing these volley ball drills with is having fun. If they find one particular activity to be stressful, try to move on to another one, and don't push your friends to keep going if they're getting tired.

If you're the one introducing them to the sport, it's all the more important that they have a good time. Real skills can come later.

I've added some additional volleyball drill videos below for you to consider. Good luck!


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    • Percy P. James profile image

      Percy P. James 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you very much, ThePracticalMommy!

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      This reminded me of playing on the team in high school. I still love to play when I can. Great tips and drills! Voted up!