Sometimes, as a coach, the hardest volleyball drills to come up with are for serving. Serving takes strength, as well as precision, as well as being prepared for what may happen on the return. A good serve, however, can make all the difference in the world when your team is in a game. The serve often sets the pace of the whole volley and can cause your opponents to tremble in fear. Who wants to be on the receiving end of a well-placed serve that is designed to cause the hitter to completely mess up the return? These volleyball drills will help your team learn control, reaction, and precision when it comes to the serve.
When serving, it is important to have good precision. Good volleyball drills will help hone this precision so that it becomes an almost automatic thing. In this first drill, each player should be behind the serving line with two balls. They will serve so the ball lands within the court. The players can serve as quickly as they like, so long as they cause the ball to land in the proper area. For each ball that lands out of the court, the team earns a penalty of 10 points. If the team reaches a set score, they begin accumulating conditioning penalties. These conditioning penalties are up to you, and you can set the levels, but you want to make it unpleasant to miss. For example, if the team accumulates 20 to 40 points, they could do leg lifts, while if they get over 40 points, they start wracking up suicides. After a player serves their two balls, they should jog after their balls and then jog them back. This combines several volleyball drills into a single drill.
There are more precision volleyball drills that you can implement also. A really good precision drill involves a pair of people. The coach picks a spot on the receiving court. A player sits on that point. The server must then serve the ball directly to that player. This drill works on a point system also. For each ball that is served directly to the sitting player, the server gains 1 point. If the serve lands inside of the court, the server gains 1 point. Any serve that lands outside of the court earns the server a penalty of 4 points. Keep a running total of the score. Once a player has either 10 negative or positive points, their turn is over. If the server has earned a total of 10 negative points, they are subject to conditioning penalties. A score of positive 10 earns a reprieve. Incorporating conditioning penalties into your volleyball drills is a great way to motivate your team to do as well as they can.
All forms of hitting in the game of volleyball require at least a degree of ball control. No other types of hitting need as much precision as serving. Working on volleyball drills that stress the importance of aiming the ball when serving will help your players understand the dynamics of pinpoint accuracy. They help your players become familiar with the body motions required to achieve that accuracy. And in the end, that is the main thrust of volleyball drills in the first place: to make difficult moves and situations a set of automatic movements.