Best 6 Volleyball Drills for High School Kids

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Volleyball players on the ground for conditioning

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.

Conditioning Drills

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.

Volleyball players on the ground for conditioning

Line Sprints

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.

  1. Players will line up at the serving line and then sprint to the ten foot line, making sure they reach down to touch it and then sprint back.
  2. Next, they will sprint to the ten foot line on the opposite side of the net and sprint back to the serving line.
  3. Finally, they will sprint down to the opposite serving line, bend down and touch it, then sprint back to the start serving line.

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.

Half Court Sprints

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.

Ball in Play Drills

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.

Pass and Run

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.

  1. Split your team groups of three.
  2. The first player will start the drill with a good high toss to the player they are facing.
  3. The player receiving the toss will send a good solid bump or set back to the person who tossed it. Then they will sprint to the other side and wait for the ball to be returned.
  4. The person who started with a toss will stay in their place until the ball is returned. Then they will bump or set the ball and run to the opposite side.

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.

Bucket Ball

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.

  1. To begin, the coach or helper will toss up and lob a ball over to the back middle Labero.
  2. The Labero will then make a successful pass to the setter who will be running towards the net once the ball is served over.
  3. The setter will set the ball to one of the hitters.
  4. The target hitter will approach the ball and spike it over. Aiming for the bucket or target on the other side of the net.

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.

24 Touches

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.

Volleyball game with a girl receiving the ball

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:

  • Back middle
  • Setter
  • Outside hitter

Split the remaining players into two lines on either side of the court. Each line off the court behind the back middle player.

  1. To start, the coach or helper will toss the ball over the net to the back row player.
  2. The back row player will pass the ball to the setter. Once they pass, the back row player runs to the setter position.
  3. The setter will set the ball to the outside hitter. Once the setter sets the ball, they will run to the outside hitter position.
  4. The outside hitter will send a controlled hit over the net aiming for the back row player on the opposite side of the net. Once they spike the ball, the outside hitter will run to the back of the line that is behind the court.
  5. The team on the opposite side will mirror the instructions.

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.

Lost Setter/Wild Ball

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.

  1. For this drill you will want to set up your team on one side of the court. Begin with the starters and rotate in other players as you would in a game situation.

  2. Lob the ball over the net directly to the setter so that they are in charge of the first hit. At this point they will need to send the ball up to another player and work out a play in action to gain a bump set spike.

  3. Other players on the court will need to step up and set the ball for a hitter, or set the ball up for the setter to gain a spike of their own. You will want to push for a complete bump, set, and spike on each play. Make sure your players don’t think that because the setter is out, that they can just pass it over the net on the final hit. This also helps practice your team’s communication skills in game.

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.

Volleyball player setting the ball for spiker

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.

Conclusion

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.

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