Volleyball drills for high school tend to be more advanced. They should work your players to be better at moving fast and getting the ball to the target under hard circumstances. These will also force them to be better at communicating.
Volleyball conditioning drills for high school are more than just about getting the players to exercise before they begin practice. At a junior varsity and varsity level, players are expected to be able to withstand the needed effort and endurance on the court, way more than at younger levels.
It makes sense to start conditioning drills as early as middle school, but by high school it is a must. From sprinting to jumping, these conditioning drills will help you build endurance and tone muscles. Players won’t be worn out after a few points have been made.
This is not one of the more popular volleyball drills for high school. Line sprints are purely practiced to help build up stamina and endurance on the court.
Unlike basketball and soccer where constant running across the court or field is mandatory, in volleyball you have a short area you play in. You will be required to sprint at a second's notice to reach the ball.
These short bursts will take a lot of your energy since you will be starting and stopping at quick intervals. The line sprints will help you build up a fast sprint endurance.
To add another level to this conditioning drill, have your players dive on the first ten foot line and then again at the far serving line. When they dive at the line, have them perform a volleyball roll or have them get up as quickly as possible.
Not all volleyball workouts for high school have to be the same ten exercises over and over. To really get your players moving, you incorporate this drill to help them learn to move to the ball better and make a score.
One player will stand on the court while the coach or helper stands on the sidelines with a ball court. The tosser will take a volleyball and roll it across the floor for the player to sprint after.
The player will reach the ball and touch it or smack it. After the player makes contact with the ball, the tosser will roll another ball in the opposite way on the court for the player to then sprint to as well. You will want to give them about 10-15 balls to sprint back and forth to while the other players chase down the balls and return them to the cart.
To speed up the drill you can run two at the same time, with each drill being separated by the net. You will want the full half court for the drill though. This ensures each player has a large area to spring around in.
In fast paced drills like these, it is good to make sure your players are equipped with volleyball shoes that have good traction and support. These should add to their foot traction and help make lateral movements more stable.
When you are choosing which high school volleyball practice plans you want to incorporate into your weekly schedule, these are some good drills to try out. Each one has a simple backbone but incorporates many useful positions. They also cut down on players standing still during drills.
When you are looking for fun volleyball drills for high school that also help condition your players, this drill is a must for a good warm up.
This drill is meant to go fast. It should make the players sprint after each hit and focus on a solid controlled pass to the opposite player.
You can also set rules for this drill, specifying they may only use a bump to pass the ball, or only use a set. This forces the players to move to get to the ball for a pass or step back to remain under the ball for a set.
You can also change the tempo for this drill, as seen below. The 3rd tempo can encourage players to get a good high bump. Tempo 2 should speed up the drill a little, the passes not as high. Finally tempo 1 is low passes that make the players hustle faster to get to position and bump the ball.
Have the players keep count during this drill. See how long they can keep the ball in play and in the air. Make sure players are actively calling the ball before each hit. Volleyball passing drills for high school are great to help refine the passing skill. They also help your players learn a more controlled pass.
Volleyball practice plans for high school should aim to give your players in game situations. This will help players learn how to handle the ball and give them a bump, set, and spike muscle memory.
For the bucket ball drill, it takes a simple spiking drill. Then, more layers are added to turn it into a more realistic gameplay situation.
You will place your setter on the court behind the ten foot line. They should be off the net in a serve receive position. Your Labero player will be in the back middle, ready and waiting for the serve.
You will then place one player on the court for each front row hitting position (outside, middle and right side hitter). The rest of the team will wait and watch from the side, waiting to be rotated in.
The coach or designated helper will stand on the opposite side of the net at the ten foot line. They will have a ball bucket or another large item as the target for the hitters.
This upgraded spiking drill will get all of your players moving and will give your hitters a target to aim for. You can move this target each time you do the drill. This helps your more advanced varsity players learn how to better control and aim a spike.
To add more difficulty to this drill you can have players that are not on the main court set up stand on the opposite side of the net as blockers to your hitter. This will add a nice challenge to your hitters and help them learn how to hit over a tough blocker.
For rotating players in, simply have them replace the player that successfully spikes the ball in between starting serves. Or, you can run the drill for a certain time and then rotate players to swap.
Queen of the Court is one of many fun volleyball games for high school players. While this drill is a great way to focus on getting three hits and working together in a smaller scrimmage-like situation, it has a more standing still element.
When you want to get your players moving more to build endurance and keep them from standing still, then you should run the 24 Touches drill.
It evokes a similar gameplay like Queen of the Court with three players on the court working together at each time. The difference is, the players don’t get to stand still.
Line up three players on each side of the court:
Split the remaining players into two lines on either side of the court. Each line off the court behind the back middle player.
The point of this drill is not to perform hard spikes, but to instead practice ball control and aim.
The players on both sides of the court are working together to see how many hits they can get on the ball before it drops to the ground. The original target it to get 24 touches on the ball. This results in each side performing a bump, set, and spike 4 times each.
Some volleyball drills for high school should work on exposing a weak play and help your players know what to do when a crucial player is not able to make a play.
Most plays rely on the setter to take and control the second hit to make sure a hitter has the ball for a spike. Sometimes however, the setter cannot get to the second ball due to having hit the ball on the first hit, or being too far away from the ball to gain the second hit.
To advance this drill you can also throw in a few wild balls. State that your toss over the net counts as the first hit. Your players have two hits left to get the ball back into control and over the net.
This wild ball drill also takes the second hit away from the setter in most situations. The players have to chase after a ball that is going wild and possibly out of bounds. They need to send it up the the front middle area of the court in order to gain a controlled hit over the net for the final.
With these more advanced volleyball drills for high school, you can work to condition and better discipline your players. These help them move to the ball and make more controlled hits.