Basic Volleyball Drills to Do Before the Game
by Pakmen Volleyball Research Staff
It’s fair to say that that the success of a volleyball team depends a lot on players’ preparation. It’s crucial for volleyball players to be well prepared for the match. An athlete should warm up his/her body before the volleyball game or practice properly. This helps athletes prevent different types of volleyball injuries and increase their performance during the match.
Luckily, there are a lot of drills that volleyball players can do during the warm up period. It’s worth pointing out that all of these volleyball drills are easy to do. That means that these volleyball drills can be done even by beginners. And of course, the drills of this type have to be a part of a volleyball player’s training program. Now, let’s dig deeper into some of the basic volleyball drills.
In this blog, we’ll provide you with the basic volleyball drills to do before the start of the match. We’ll describe each of basic volleyball drills briefly and explain to you how to do these drills the right way. Plus, we’ll give you tips to help you get the most out of the basic volleyball drills.
Ball throw is a volleyball drill that requires a ball. The drill needs to be performed by two volleyball players. First of all, volleyball players have to stand in front of each other on different sides of a volleyball court. During the drill a volleyball player has to take advantage of his/her hitting arm in order to throw the ball to each other. By doing so, an athlete will be able to warm up his/her arm and hitting shoulder. Plus, doing this type of drill makes it possible for volleyball players to loosen up his/her shoulder joint before the game. It would be enough to do ball throw drill for a few minutes.
Pass and Run Drill
Pass and run drill is another good basic volleyball drill. This type of a drill can be performed by five or more volleyball players. Volleyball players should stand on the court in front of each other. Two or three players should stand near each ends of the line. A drill begins and one of volleyball players throws the ball to his/her partner. Additionally, a volleyball player has to move to the other end of the court. The partner accepts the ball and does the same. The pas and run drill goes on until the ball drops down on the court or volleyball players decide to stop doing it.
Basic Passing Drill
It’s hard to imagine the game of volleyball without a pass, isn’t it? That’s why it would be great for volleyball players to develop passing skills during the warm up period. The basic passing drill requires two volleyball players as well as the ball. Volleyball athletes have to stand in front of each other on the court first. The distance between them has to be about 10 feet. It’s worth noting that this drill is very simple. All that volleyball players need to do during the drill is to pass the ball back and forth. Volleyball players can do passing drill as much time as they want.
Two Player Pepper
It’s incredibly important for volleyball players to practise different types of skills such as digging, passing, hitting and setting. Two player pepper is the drill that gives volleyball players a great opportunity to practise all the necessary volleyball skills and warm up at the same time.
It all begins with the preparation. Initially, two volleyball players have to position themselves on the court in front of each other. The distance between volleyball players has to be about 10 – 15 feet. The main job of volleyball players is to practise the called three hit volleyball. In other words, volleyball players have to pass, set and hit the ball during the drill.
The drill starts with a pass. The first volleyball player makes a pass to the second volleyball player at the beginning. After that, the second player receives the ball and sets it. Lastly, the first player has to approach to the ball and carry out an attack hit. As a result, an athlete will be able to warm up and develop all types of volleyball skills.
Basic Setting Drill
This type of a basic drill makes it possible for volleyball players to warm up and improve their setting skills. The drill needs to be performed by two volleyball players. Initially, volleyball players have to stand in front of each other on the court. The distance between volleyball players has to be approximately 10 feet at the beginning. Volleyball players need to set the ball back and forth during the drill. If things go well, volleyball players can make the basic setting drill more challenging over time. Volleyball players have to increase the distance and continue setting the ball.
Basic Spike Drill
Hitting is a key element of a volleyball attack. And of course, volleyball attackers should practise their hitting skills on a regular basis. Actually, volleyball players have an excellent opportunity to develop their hitting skills during a warm up period. All that they need to do is to perform the basic spike drill.
The drill itself is easy to do. That means that volleyball attackers will not find it hard to perform this drill. Spike drill requires the ball as well as two volleyball players. Two volleyball players should stay in front of each other before the start of the drill.
The basic spike drill begins and the first volleyball player has to throw the ball up in the air. After that, the first player has to hit the ball down. As a result, the ball will be bounced off the ground and go to the second volleyball player. The second player should do the same. It’s important to note that volleyball players should do this type of the basic spike drill until they will be able to warm up their shoulders properly.
Basic Serving Drill
The serve is associated with the beginning of a rally in the volleyball sport. Each volleyball team has servers. The task of server is to serve the ball in the right way and make it difficult for opponents to handle the ball. It’s pretty clear that volleyball servers have to focus on improving their serving skills.
There is no better way to practise volleyball serving skills than to do the so called basic serving drill. It’s worth noting that this type of a volleyball drill can be performed during the warm up period. That’s the reason why volleyball players often call the basic serving drill a quick serving warm-up.
The reality is, the basic serving drill is easy to do. The drill requires an equal amount of volleyball players as well as the balls. It’s important to point out that each volleyball player has to have a ball in order to participate in this drill.
Volleyball players have to position themselves near the back line on different sides of the court before the start of the drill. When the drill begins volleyball players on both sides of the court should serve the ball at once. As a result, balls will be sent to the opposing side of the volleyball court. Then, volleyball players have to grab balls and do everything once again. After serving volleyball players need to grab balls and serve them back to the opponent’s side of the court quickly.
Thank you so much for reading this article. As you can see, there are a lot of basic drills that volleyball players need to do before the game or practice. In fact, the list of volleyball warm-up drills could go on and on. It goes without saying that you should do these drills consistently to improve your skills, warm up before the game and increase your team’s chances for success. Hopefully, this information will help you become a better volleyball player. Best of luck!