Ultimate Guide to Coaching Youth Volleyball

Youth Volleyball Drills

The first step in putting together a winning team is to help your players master the fundamentals of the game, and volleyball drills are a great way to whip your team into shape. By repeating a series of drills during each practice, your players can begin to master basic skills and build strength. Try to incorporate a variety of drills that focus on different aspects of the game, from serving and setting to passing and blocking. Below are a few examples of some simple drills to help you get the ball rolling.

The best volleyball players know how to make strong, hard contact with the ball by creating topspin. Topspin on serves and spikes is an important part of helping your team stage an effective offensive attack. A good drill for practicing this skill is to have each player stand a few feet (1 m) from a wall while holding a ball with both hands above his or her head. Players should throw the ball toward the floor with enough forward spin so the ball hits the floor, bounces off the wall and comes back to them in the starting position above their heads [source: Dearing].

For blocking practice, have two of your players stand on chairs about 10 feet (3 m) apart, holding a ball just above the net. One at a time, players stand on the other side of the net and move back and forth between the two balls, jumping and extending their arms to block each one. After 15 to 20 reps, rotate your players [source: Scates].

To practice passing, you can have two of your players stand with their backs against the net and underhand toss balls to their teammates. Players must shuffle left and right and return the balls to the throwers using a forearm pass [source: Scates].

With a little practice and a lot of hard work, these drills will give your team the edge it needs to beat the competition. Read the next page to learn about coaching clinics that will help you prepare for game day, too.