Beginner Volleyball Drill Games for Kids
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Beginner volleyball drills teach you hits used during the game and help you pay attention to details required to perform successful hits. Drills also help lay down the foundation for good overall volleyball technique. Practicing drills five times a week, in or out of practice settings, helps you hone the skills needed to be an integral part of your team’s success.
This drill activity teaches you how to prepare for setting, a move whereby you "set" the ball up for your spiking teammate using only your fingertips. To start, partner up with another player and get a ball. Take turns passing the ball back and forth using only your fingertips. Avoid passing the ball to your partner using your palms. If you "palm" it, you have to run two laps around the volleyball court before returning to your partner.
This drill teaches you how to "bump" the volleyball, which involves hitting the ball with your forearms. It improves your bumping technique and allows you to control where the ball goes. Grab a ball and stand in a single line beside your teammates. You and your teammates start bumping the ball, adhering to the limited space your coach has allotted. You must do bumps correctly, making contact with the same spot on your forearm every hit. You can turn it into a fun game by seeing which teammate can bump the ball the longest. Players are eliminated if they lose control of their ball or hit it incorrectly three times.
Serving challenge helps you hone your serving and aiming skills. Separate your team into two equal groups. Have each group line up single file on opposite sides of the net. Each line should be halfway between the net and the baseline. The person in front of you on the opposite side is your partner. Each pair needs a ball. Serve to your partner. Your partner will catch your successful serve and serve it back to you. You’ll then catch it. This is one repetition. If successful, you and your partner will take one step backward. You will then perform another round of serves. If that one is successful, take one more step back. Continue in an attempt to be the first pair to reach the baseline. Note that, if at any time you or your partner loses control of the serve, you must stay where you are and continue reps until you are successful. If the serve was aimed correctly and you or your partner did not catch it, you may still continue the rep. Try underhanded serving because it may be easier.
Wall blocks help you learn how to block a play without touching the net while jumping. Stand in front of a wall beside your teammates. Get into blocking position. Next, jump as high as you can while practicing proper blocking technique. Land in the blocking position. The player who touched the wall when landing back on the court is eliminated. Continue with the drill until there is only one player left, who is the winner.
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