Volleyball Drill – Exchange

January 29, 2008 at 9:43 pm 1 comment

For those just getting started in volleyball, nothing is more important than learning how to pass the volleyball.  Exchange is a volleyball drill that works on team passing.  Not only do they work on keeping the ball in play, but they also work on calling for the ball and working with their teammates.

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  • There are two teams, one on each side of the net.
  • Each team has four players, a setter (at the net) and three backcourt players. 
  • After each dropped ball, new players can be rotated in.
  • Ball is put in play by the coach


  • Players can use forearm passes (bumps) and overhead passes (sets), but may not use overhand hits.  This is a passing game.
  • The side must use all three hits in order to score a point.  If they get the ball over the net in less than three hits, play continues, but they do not get a point.

Game Variations

  • Start with this game.  Each side of the net works together.  The goal is to score 10 points in a row, keeping the ball in play the entire time (remember, you only get a hit when the side uses all three hits, but the ball stays in play even if they use less than three hits).  Give the team a set amount of opportunities to get 10 points in a row (usually 10-20).  If they use up all their opportunities without getting 10 points in a row, then they all run lines.  This game requires both sides of the net to work together.
  • A more advanced version is to have the two sides compete.  Points are scored the same, but keep track of each side’s points.  It’s minus 1 if the ball goes out of play, and minus 2 if they let it hit the floor.  Play to 21, and the losing team has to run lines.
  • A third variation works if you have enough players.  Each side competes against the other, and the side that loses is out and a new group comes in.  These games are fast pace and should go to 5 or 10.

Remember, working on advanced skills won’t make a difference until you have your basics down.  Nothing is more basic than passing and keeping the ball in play.

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