Volleyball technique

Training volleyball technique? Discover here the technique exercises on video and get started with your volleyball training. We have volleyball technique inspiration for every level.

Volleyball technique drills

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Samurai Setter #1 a Setting Challenge
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Volleyball Technique

Exercises Improve your volleyball technique or the volleyball techniques of your players with these exercises! Technique is incredibly important in volleyball. Whether it’s about the serve, playing overhead, the pass, everything in volleyball involves technique. VolleyballXL is happy to help you get inspiration on how to train volleyball techniques and how to apply them in your training sessions.


Setting is a crucial skill in volleyball, involving precise hand placement and timing. The setter touches the ball second in a three-hit sequence, using their fingertips to accurately direct the ball to a teammate, usually for an attack. Good setting requires soft hands, quick decision-making, and an understanding of each hitter’s preferences. Setters are often seen as the team’s playmakers, coordinating the offense and creating scoring opportunities.

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Serving is the action that starts every volleyball rally. It involves hitting the ball over the net to the opposing team. There are various serving techniques, including underhand, overhand, jump serve, and float serve. Each type has its own strategic advantages, like power or unpredictability. Effective serving can put the opposing team under pressure, leading to weaker returns and creating scoring opportunities.

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Bump (Forearm Pass)

The bump, or forearm pass, is a fundamental defensive technique used to handle low balls or serves. Players use their forearms, with hands clasped together, to create a platform to contact and control the ball. Proper body positioning and footwork are essential for accurate and effective bumping. This technique is often the first contact in a three-hit sequence, aiming to set up a good set for an attack.

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Pass (Passing)

Passing in volleyball refers to various techniques used to direct the ball to a teammate. It’s a broad term that includes setting, bumping, and even digging. Good passing is about control, accuracy, and anticipation, ensuring the ball reaches the intended player in a way that allows them to make an effective next play, whether it’s a set, spike, or another pass.

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Spike (Attacking)

Spiking is the act of hitting the ball aggressively over the net towards the opponent’s court. It’s a primary attacking move, usually the third contact after a bump and set. Spikers aim to hit the ball hard and fast, often targeting gaps in the opponent’s defense. Timing, jumping ability, and powerful arm swings are key to effective spiking. It’s a skill that often scores points or creates opportunities for them.

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Defence (Defensive Play)

Defensive play in volleyball encompasses various techniques used to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This includes digging (stopping hard-hit balls), blocking (intercepting spikes at the net), and positional play (covering areas of the court). Good defense requires agility, quick reflexes, and strategic positioning. It’s a critical aspect of the game, as strong defense can turn the tide of a match and provide opportunities for counterattacks.


Blocking is a vital defensive action where players jump near the net to stop or alter an opponent’s spiked ball. Effective blocking requires excellent timing, anticipation, and the ability to read the opponent’s offensive strategies. It’s not just about height; successful blockers also need to position their hands and arms correctly to maximize the chances of blocking the ball.

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Digging is specifically aimed at preventing the ball from hitting the court following an opponent’s spike or serve. This defensive skill often involves a dive or a roll and requires players to have agility, quick reflexes, and good hand-eye coordination. A successful dig can be crucial in turning a defensive moment into an offensive opportunity.

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