Volleyball Drills for Beginners

A game of volleyball, in whatever form, is a good exercise. If you are new to the game, good drills may help you in learning effective techniques in a short time. If you are an old timer, then beginner level drills can help in shaping up or replacing bad techniques with the good ones.

Toss and Pass

To practice these training exercises you will need a buddy, who is willing and interested to play with you. These simple workouts will go a long way to help build your self-confidence. You start off by tossing a ball to your buddy. After dealing with a preset number (10 per head, maybe) of tosses, your buddy tosses the ball to you. When both of you are proficient in passing the tossed ball, it is time to pass the ball back and forth. This will make the training fast, interesting, and competitive.

Wall Hitting

You can practice, even when you are alone. What you need is a ball, a wall, and willingness to apply your skills. Choose a spot on the wall to hit and try to hit the spot when tossing the ball. Instead of many hasty trials, concentrate on achieving accuracy by employing proper arm swing techniques, whilst hitting the tossed ball.

This is how you do it: Toss the ball, take a step and try to hit the spot on the wall. Deal yourself a set of 10 tosses and the next set for your buddy, just for the sake of competition. You can vary your style by tossing the ball, raising your arms, and angling the ball to hit the ground. Be prepared to play your next shot, when the ball bounces off the ground and comes seeking you.

Wall Block

Blocking is as important as hitting the ball. Therefore, learning the block is of utmost importance. Position yourself in front of a wall. Adopt the proper blocking position and jump as high as you can to touch the wall. The purpose is to touch the wall, i.e., to imitate you have executed a block, as high as you can, whilst following the proper blocking technique. It is important to land on the floor in the proper position, so that you are ready to follow with the next block, if needed. When perfected, it hones your defensive skills to a great extent.

Ball in Play

The following will help you to keep the ball in play for a long time. Here’s how to do it. Ask your buddy to stand on the other side of the net. Toss the ball and start passing it to each other. If you cannot get to the ball in time, bump it for yourself and then set it across the net. Does it feel like a duel? Yes, it does. The aim is to hone your skills in sending the ball to the other side of the net with accuracy.

Serving the Ball

You and your buddy should stand on the baselines of the court, across the net, and facing each other. The idea is to serve the ball to each other. Initially, you can start serving from inside the baseline, which will bring you close to net. As both of you get comfortable in serving to the other side of the net, start moving to the baseline. After that, start serving from behind the baseline with the other player occupying different spots on the court.

Many people know about the game but very few take the pains to learn it. The aforementioned drills are easy to follow and are a must to perfect your skills. Their basic purpose is to synchronize your hand-eye-and-body coordination and enhance your skills to place the volleyball at the selected spot.

Volleyball Positions on the Court

Quite a popular game, the objective of volleyball is the grounding of a ball from one team on other team’s court. There must be quite a few instances, where you may have heard words, like setter, libero, and so on. For the players, this is an everyday affair. They hear these words in and out, and are expected to be proficient about the game – regarding positions, player duties, court dimensions, etc. A layman, however, is not aware of the game’s jargon, positions, and rules. If you wish to understand a game of volleyball with intricacy, the article below will provide you some information about the different volleyball positions on the court.

Volleyball Positions – Players
Player positions

Setter

A setter is one who sets the game off and a team’s attack. It is akin to what a quarterback does in American Football. An offense of a team is unleashed by a setter.

Outside Hitter

An outside hitter attacks close to the position of the left antenna. The most consist of the lot, he gains maximum number of sets for a team.

Middle Hitter

Those attacks that made close to the setter and are very fast are done by a middle hitter. Typically, these attacks take place close to the setter. They are experts in blocking and attempt equally strong attacking shots from the opponents.

Libero

This player holds the fort for the defense and takes the responsibility of the serve and attack. They normally have the best passing skills and quickest reaction time.

Opposite Hitter

An opposite hitter takes the burden off the defense for a team and is stationed in the first row. Their main job is to put up a strong block to nullify the opponent team’s outside hitters. They can also double up as backup setters. This is one of the very important positions.

Volleyball positions and numbers, basically depend on the kind of formation a team has. The most common formation for a volley ball team is a 6-2 formation. In such a formation, there are two setters, and all the 6 players can act as attackers at different phases of the game. These formations keep changing and players are rotated.

Volleyball Positions – Court
Court positions

Right Back

This is the primary position for a team on a court. A setter normally serves from this spot. This player is in rotation in the back court on the right side. During a rotation, a player getting in the right back position gets to serve.

Right Front

To describe in simple terms, the player who stands right in front of the Right back is the right front. So, basically, a player in this position is close to the net dividing the court, on the right hand side.

Middle Front

This player is at the net, in the center and is a rotation position. As the name suggests, this player is in the middle of the court, from a team’s playing area.

Left Front

This is the attack position and as the name goes, on the left side of the court. The player who is in left front is more often than not an outside hitter. In case there is a rotation, sometimes right side hitter or opposite hitter plays in that position.

Left Back

This is the spot at the left end corner of a team’s playing area. Liberos play in this position. If there is a rotation, the middle blockers play alternatively in this position, after his or her serve. Post-serve, the libero chips in for the middle blocker.

Middle Back

Normally, what happens is a middle hitter starts the game on this position in the line up. But then, he is substituted by a libero, who is a specialist ‘back bencher’ preceding the first serve. Sometimes, even outside hitters can play in middle back position, which gives them a chance to attack well.

Finally, it is all about skill, agility, and quick reflexes, which wins team a game. A collective effort is what is the key to the success of a volleyball team, just like Earvin Johnson, aka Magic Johnson said, “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”