How To Practice Volleyball At Home

How To Practice Volleyball At Home

Sadly, volleyball is one of the few sports that one can perform alone. It isn’t the same as shooting a basketball or football. It usually requires more than one person in order to have any sort of “play”.

There are however things you can do at home to improve your body awareness and your relationship with the volleyball. Access to a net is not possible for many people, but usually, you can find a wall or an empty space to get some sort of repetition in. My suggestions for creating body awareness and developing comfortability with a volleyball at home are as follows:

  1. Play more sports
  2. Try unconventional touches
  3. Strength training regimes

Play more sports!

Playing more sports and a variety of them will help your overall fitness as well as body awareness. Volleyball is usually a sport that is taken up later in adolescence than any other sport – the reason? Volleyball requires a lot of coordination. It is not a “hands-on” sport. There are very few moments in volleyball in which you are in total control of the ball. The first one is serving and the second is setting. Setting still requires a fast change of direction on the ball and limited time touching it to do so. Setting to yourself can be done just about anywhere!

The more sports you play the better it is for your overall athleticism. Soccer (football) is much more running than volleyball and therefore conditions the body better. Basketball requires dynamic movements and changes of direction which also translate well for volleyball. Increasing coordination and conditioning outside of volleyball create cross-training which is very useful for the sport. This is not an “at home” drill, but rather time spent away from volleyball.

Put your arms, wrists, and hands on the ball

Next, try unconventional touches. A great way to spend ten to fifteen minutes of your day is rallying to yourself at home. See how many times you can touch the ball to keep it off the ground. Be sure to try several parts of your arms and even with one arm at a time. Getting familiar with the locations of successful touches will ultimately help you when you get team practice time.

There are plenty of opportunities to play volleyball with one hand or arm. Building your confidence with coordination and familiarity can turn those touches into successful ones in times of need for your team!

train for coordination

The final suggestion is to simply spend more time developing your overall coordination. Speed and agility drills take very little time and can be added to every workout. There are plenty of online tools to help you train your reaction times. Try drills with tennis balls, weighted balls, balance boards, ladders, and many many more.

Check out this article to see my personal suggestions for maintaining a healthy body, powerful jump, and overall improvement on the court through strength training. Note that there is a difference between being strong, and being coordinated.

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