Links to Volleyball Drills and Education



The following article is designed as a one-stop place for all the links to various volleyball drills that have been published online in the past few years. There are four main sources of where the videos are housed: The AVCA, The Art of Coaching Volleyball, General YouTube, and The Coaches Insider.

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The Art of Coaching Volleyball Links

Side Setting for Better Vision

McMaster men’s coach Dave Preston gives a quick tutorial here on side setting, which allows setters to turn their body more toward the net.

As he explains, making full use of side setting requires a fairly advanced player. But Preston thinks it’s a good idea to show younger players how to drop their inside shoulders and side set so they can get the feel of keeping their hands on a plane.

Cover Your Hitter Drill

Covering the block is one of the important little things that great volleyball players do every single time. When you’re well-positioned to bring a ball up after your teammate has been blocked, it can lead to many extra point opportunities during the course of a match.

Here, Austin Juniors coach MIke Garcia demonstrates a fun and useful coverage drill. The receiving team only gets points for tooling the block – and the tool can’t be playable on the other side of the net – or by covering a blocked ball and then getting a kill.

Serve Receive Drill

Terry Liskevych presents a drill that forces a team execute the serve receive and terminate six balls in a row.

Clockwork Drill

This drill is a favorite of Oregon State associate head coach Mark Barnard, who will be moonlighting this year as the head coach of the Australian women’s national team.

The object of the game is for the serving team to win a point in all six rotations. The serving team starts off in Rotation 1. If it wins the point, it goes to Rotation 2 and so on. If it doesn’t win the point, the other team serves and the original serving team has a chance to side out. If it gets the side out, it stays in Rotation 1 and tries to advance to the next rotation by winning a service point. If it fails to side out, it slips back to Rotation 6.

This drill puts pressure on the “serving” team to score six real points, and it challenges the receiving team to stop them by consistently siding out or by serving for points and knocking them back.

Pepper: It is good for your game

Pepper has taken some knocks in recent years for not being game-like enough. But it has a purpose. As Oregon State Coach Terry Liskevych points out here, it’s no different than soccer players juggling a soccer ball – it’s about developing a good touch with the ball.

Watch here as Liskevych narrates a team pepper session, taking players through a progression that becomes increasingly challenging as it moves along.

Deceptive and Emergency Setting Techniques

The spin set differs from a traditional setting style in that you locate with your right foot rather than your left. According to Stanford Coach John Dunning, it’s an athletic move that can deceive defenses, and it’s also a good option if the set is off the net.

Cassidy Lichtman, who played for Dunning at Stanford and is now a member of the U.S. women’s national team, demonstrates the spin set here as Dunning explains how it works and why it works.

Off the Net Scrap Drill

The Off the Net Scrap Drill helps your players get used to fighting for every ball. Even the ones that end up in the net.

5 Ball Transition Wave Drill

Diane Flick goes over sequencing 5 balls in transition: Hut, 31, pipe, 51, red. Repeat twice then wave.

Family Feud

Diane Flick goes over a jousting, free ball, serve receive combo drill based on the popular game show.

YouTube VBallDrills

Volleyball Conditioning Drills: Pass Out

Try this conditioning drill. The coach tosses to a volleyball player, she passes the ball to the setter and runs under the net, she will be the passer this whole round. The player who sets runs under the net and stays the setter this whole round.

The player who hits runs under the net and stays the hitter this whole round. It's cooperative so it requires some ball control and communication. Try to get 10 repetitions without letting the volleyball drop!

Volleyball Conditioning Drills: The Cage

Here's the set up. Near side: is the offense...passer, setter and two hitters on the pins. Far side: front row defense with coach tossing balls to offense and a setter for transition swings. I had the setter step under the net to do 2 jobs because we were missing a setter

Coach tosses to passer, setter chooses which hitter to set and middle has to read and close a block to get a block. whether there's a block or not, the middle transitions and gets a set. Repeat.

This volleyball drill is focused on the middle but works many different areas of the game. Middle has to get a certain number of roof blocks to get out of drill. We've done 3 or even 5 if I really want to push the middle for conditioning.


Here's the gist: Put two of your best hitters against each other with a setter. They take turns getting a set against a full defense. First to 5 wins. Get 1 point for a kill; minus 1 for an error; wash if they dig it up.

This is a good way to determine hitting positions for a game if you have two hitters who are equal in potential.

TCI - The Coaches Insider Videos

Creating Misdirection - 12/18/14

Jim Moore talks about creating a break point for hitters to be able to sell multiple approaches to the blocker so they cannot get a read on what you'll be hitting.