The following are some basic warm-up drills that you might like to use for your team.
- Plyometric: Players perform approaches, defensive shuffling, blocking footwork, rolling, karaoke steps, power skips, high knees, skipping, frog jumps, and lastly stretching.
Short Court: Players must dig and set the ball inside the 10’ line. After a touch, they must sprint to the back line and then run back before they are able to touch a ball again.
Pass and Sprint: Players form two lines across from each other in single file from sideline to sideline. After someone passes, they sprint to the other side and get ready to pass a ball again. When your players get warmed up enough, have them pepper instead of simply passing.
- Ball Control: Players line up on the volleyball end line. They go from one end line to the other passing, setting, one-hand passing, alternating passing and setting, etc. This will help the players build ball control very quickly. If they let a ball drop, have them do five push-ups.
Tag Team: Similar to short court. Plays must be made in front of the 10’ line. After a player has contacted the ball, they must sprint back to where their teammates are and tag one of them to allow them to come onto the court.
Reverse Short Court: Players may make plays anywhere on the court, but after each time they touch the ball, they must run and touch the net before they can touch the ball again.
Cross-Court Pepper: A controlled game of pepper in which the players are trying to keep the ball alive for a set number of plays. All players rotate, forcing everyone to use all of their skills.