Even though volleyball is a team sport, you can practice and improve by yourself at home with some easy drills. Keep yourself in top shape with these 6 easy ways to practice volleyball at home.
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6 Easy Ways to Practice Volleyball at Home
Even when there’s no group practice to do, you can still work on your volleyball skills at home with some useful drills. You can do it by yourself as long as you have the necessary equipment. Here are some things you can work on at home.
There’s an easy way to work on improving your passing skills. Here’s how to do it:
- First, get into a passing position.
- Pass the ball straight up in the air as if you’re passing to yourself.
- Keep the ball from hitting the ground.
- For added difficulty and working on ball control, keep your feet stationary.
- Afterward, mix it up by moving your foot forwards to backward or from side to side.
It’s a great way to practice your ball control especially if you’re a setter. Other players like Liberos should also learn this as you don’t always dive on balls with your knee pads on all the time.
Once you have worked on your ball control, it’s time to take it to the next level. Here’s how:
- While lying on your back, try setting the ball.
- Make sure you have your knees bent.
- Your hands should be 6 to 8 inches above your face. Your hands should also be in the proper set position.
- With your thumb and forefingers forming a triangular window, push up through the ball.
- Your goal is to set the ball over 50 times without you moving from your position.
This drill is great as you only need a ball and a good surface to lie on. It helps you get used to set the ball with proper form and improve on your control.
Work on your offensive volleyball skills in the comfort of your bedroom or living room. Practice your snap with the help of a lot of pillows. Before doing it, make sure there are no breakable objects in your surroundings.
- Pile the pillows high in a wide area. Place them on top of your bed or on the couch.
- Toss the ball up with your hitting arm back and ready to hit.
- Swing through the ball making sure you do it in a snapping motion and hit it towards the huge pile of pillows.
If there’s a vacant lot in your backyard with a wall to bounce the ball over, you can use it too as well. It’s a lot less time to set up.
Blocking is a standard defensive skill to have in volleyball. One must know how to time their jump and how to use their hands to block properly. The more you involve your body in simulations, the better you will be in decision-making. You can practice your blocking skills at home by:
- Get into a standing, slightly crouched position. Touch your gutters.
- Jump from this position for as high as you can.
- It’s better if you put some height markers to ascertain your reach goal.
It’s fairly easy to do and will help you properly do a wind-up to get the maximum height and power from your jumps. You don’t want to rely on steroids to get a boost in jumping.
You can practice your serving skills with the help of a wall.
- Mark a horizontal line on the wall using painter’s tape. The height should be 7’4” for women 14 years and above and 7” for women below 12 years of age.
- All you have to do is practice the motion for serving while making sure you are serving above the line all the time.
- The ball will bounce back to you naturally, so you can do this at a much faster pace.
Work on your footwork by using this lateral hop and hold drill at home.
- Start with assuming an athletic stance. Your knees should be bent ready to receive the ball.
- Place your weight on your right foot and then jump to the left.
- Land on the ground with your athletic stance.
- Repeat the drill while increasing the distance of your jump.
These are just some of the drills you can do at home to practice and improve your volleyball skills. You can practically do all of these drills all by yourself so it won’t be difficult for you.