The Best Volleyball passing drills for high school

Good passing is essential to success in the game of volleyball. Every player needs to be great at this, not just the setter. There are many volleyball passing drills available to help improve your passing. Passing can be done with two or more players, although the more players involved in the drill, the more challenging it becomes.


Passing drills

The following drills assume that you have at least 2 players and a ball. If you are alone, scroll down for the video on how to practice this by yourself.

A simple drill for 2 players is to pass to each other. After every pass, the players have to switch between underhand (using folded hands) and overhand passes. The goal is to get as many passes as possible before someone drops the ball. Volleyball players are often very competitive so it can be great to designate a winner at the end of the drill.

A drill for 3 players is the following: two players are standing in front of each other, spaced out about 6 feet. The other player is standing in the middle of these 2 players. The 2 players are going to pass while the other player has to move between them and pass the ball back. This is explained in more detail below:

A great drill for more than 3 players is to have the players stand in a circle. One player is standing in the middle. The role of this player is to take the ball. Players have to pass to each other and make sure that they don’t drop the ball or give it to the player in the middle. If the player in the middle gets the ball, another player has to go to the middle of the group. The passes can start quite slow but gradually players have to pass faster and faster. The goal is to push players so that they are able to pass under pressure.

There are also group drills but these can be harder to execute because the exercise can stall when one player drops the ball. Therefore it is better to make sure that the drills can be done with 2 or 3 players. This can be difficult if the sports arena is quite small though. The following drill is great as well.

What are the key characteristics of a great passer?

An effective pass is a scoring play in basketball, but it can also be the most undervalued aspect of the game. A good passer can pass the ball to the right person at the right time. Here are some of the characteristics that are found in a great passer: 

A great passer is a great listener. A great passer is always one step ahead of the receiver. He listens and anticipates what the receiver might do. An excellent passer can sense when his teammate is about to move. He can read the receiver’s body language, stance, and eye contact. Being able to read the game is therefore essential.

A great passer can keep his head up and use his peripheral vision. A great passer does not look at the ball itself but the receiver’s hands.

Being able to give different types of passes is essential. In volleyball, not every pass has to be hard. A soft pass can work as well if your team members are standing close by. Sometimes you need to give a high pass so that the other players have more time to move before they touch the ball.

Tips for volleyball passing drills

Volleyball passing drills do not require a lot of equipment. You need a partner and a volleyball. To start with, you and your partner should stand facing each other with the volleyball in between you. Both of you should assume a ready position – knees bent and arms folded over the net.

The key to good passing is to do it consistently. Sometimes it seems like you are going to have a bad day. You could be having a bad day or have a few specific things you will need to work on. Either way, you do not want to be that person that has to be removed from the team because of their passing. It is important to practice.

When you are practicing, you need to make sure you have a partner willing to be there and get training. If you don’t have that, there is a way to play with yourself. It would help if you tried to throw the ball against a wall when practicing. You can try to make the pass go in between two people on the opposite side of the net. You can also try to make a one-armed pass. This is a very risky pass, but a good one to master to impress your coach.

What are some of the common volleyball passing errors that players make?

When passing a ball in volleyball, a player must keep specific skills and techniques in mind. When passing the ball, a player must have shoulders facing the front, knees bent, and core engaged. Three common errors in passing are over-passing, under-passing, and off-target passing. A player must have a strong upper body, pointed toes, knees, and charged hands to avoid these errors. Also, a player must always remember to stay low while passing.

Common passing errors include:

  • Failure to hit the ball on the first swing
  • Failure to keep the ball low and in the strike zone
  • Failure to hit the ball deep
  • Failure to hit the ball hard enough
  • Failure to hit the ball to the correct location on the court.

The most common error that a volleyball player can make is not knowing how to pass the ball. When passing the volleyball, your body should never face the other players. If it does, then the opposing team will see the ball and hit it. Also, it is important always to use an open hand. Never use the fist, and always keep your hand to the side of the body when passing the ball.

Another common mistake that many players make is not looking at the person they are passing the ball to. It is important to always look at the person you are passing the ball to because this person can tell if you will pass it or spike it. If you do not look at them or pass it to an open spot, then the person you’re passing the ball to will not be able to hit it.

With the discussed passing drills, players should be able to avoid these mistakes.

Passing is an essential part of volleyball. If you drop the ball often, your team is losing points. Your timing has to be on point and you also have to communicate with other players.