Can you learn volleyball alone? 4 great tips to get started

Volleyball is a team sport so it is not possible to learn everything on your own. However, you can train the five most important volleyball skills on your own. Once you master these, you can always join a volleyball team later on and learn how you communicate with other players and where they want to receive the ball. There are also some strategies involved in volleyball that you can learn by watching other players in action.

In the end, you only need a ball and a rope to get started with volleyball. In this article, we will discuss how you can get started with volleyball on your own. After a few months, you can always invite some friends or join a team if you want to learn more and prepare yourself for your first match. Some people don’t like team sports and volleyball might not be for you. Beach volleyball is played with two players on a team, indoor volleyball is played with six players on each team. 

Learn the rules of the game

Volleyball has very clear rules. You can’t touch the net. You can’t hold the ball in your hands. Your team can only touch the ball three times in a row. The ball has to go over the net. If you drop the ball in your court, the other team scores a point.

You can’t send the ball outside the court of the opponent. You can’t cross the line under the net with your feet. All of these rules and others need to be learned. You can watch videos (such as the one below) that explain these or get a book. If you show up at your first team practice with this knowledge, they will already be very impressed. 

Practice the five basic drills

The rope can be used to show yourself how high you have to send the ball so that you will be able to hit the ball over the net if you join a team later on.

We discussed how you can practice volleyball on your own before. A lot of it comes down to repeating the same drills over and over again until you start to master them.

Start out with easy drills such as keeping the ball in the air and catching it again. Check how you have to hold your hands and practice underhand and overhand passes. Overhand passes are done by holding the palms of your hands under the ball. Underhand passes are done by laying the back of one hand on the front side of the other, then you fold your hands so that the thumbs touch.

You use your underarm to catch the ball. This is mainly done to defend after an attack. The basic structure of volleyball is an underhand pass to catch the ball and slow it down, the next player uses an overhand pass to send an assist. The last player then uses this assist to push the ball over the net. 

 You can start out by practicing these drills over and over again. After a while, you want to try serving and you need a net for this. You can also use a rope to get an idea of how high you have to send the ball. Just attach the rope to two trees at the height of 3 feet 5.34 inches for a woman and 3 feet 9.28 inches for a man. Be careful that you don’t attach the rope to things that can break or topple over. 

How to practice volleyball in your room

You can watch volleyball matches of professional players on Youtube. This will allow you to see patterns and understand what strategies are being used. You can gather a lot of theoretical insights from this and also insights into how people play together.

The technique of these players is really refined and this can help you when you are performing the drills on your own. If you watch ten or fifteen matches, you will understand how every piece fits together. There is a certain structure in each match. After a while players start to get tired and they make mistakes. 

You can also work on your footwork when you are at home. This is often neglected during a training session as there is not enough time to work on this. Therefore, it is a great idea to practice this on your own. This will increase your balance and make it easier to pass. You can work on the different steps that you have to take before blocking, passing, and spiking.

This requires a lot of repetition and several hours of practice. If you are at home, this is an excellent drill to perform as you can’t break anything. Just be careful when you jump around so that you don’t hit objects. At first, this might be difficult to work on but after a while, you will get the hang of it and see improvement. Don’t give up and keep trying!

Film yourself 

At a certain point, you are going to hit a plateau of what you can learn on your own. If you want to improve, you will need to get a coach or join a team. It is difficult to see what you are doing wrong when you are performing an action. It might also be a good idea to film yourself and look at what you are doing right and wrong. You can send this footage to a friend or share it on a forum and ask for feedback from the group.

This input will help you a lot as small nuances can have a big impact on your results. You can just use your phone and make a short clip of yourself passing the ball against the wall or just to yourself (by pushing the ball in the air and catching it). Make sure that the image is clear enough so that people can see what is going on. You can get very good feedback from a short clip already. If you change the position of your hands, it can already have a big impact.  

To conclude, we can state that you can learn the basics of volleyball on your own. You can learn the rules, the basic skills, and some theory. If you really want to get great at volleyball you will need to join a team as volleyball is a team sport and you can’t learn all the nuances on your own.

You need to learn how to communicate with the players on your team, where they want to receive the ball, the rotation, and so on. A coach can also help you to see what you are doing right and wrong. Therefore you will need to join a team after a few months if you really want to improve rapidly.