Serving drills volleyball players are taught in practice are a key aspect in shaping a successful athlete and are absolutely as important as any hitting, setting or passing drill. This is especially true if the exercise mirrors a real-life a game time scenario. Keeping players moving and challenged on the court, while simultaneously adding pressure situations will give a player a better advantage come match time. The following are 3 volleyball serving drills that keep your players running at game time speed while utilizing challenges and victories to fuel their passion to learn. 1. “Serve ‘n Sprint” Divides a team into two groups; forming two lines at one end of the court. Give the first player of each team a ball. Blow the whistle and allow them to serve. If the serve is successfully placed over the net on the other side of the court, the player must sprint to retrieve their ball, come back and hand the ball to the next player in line so they can serve next. The server then takes a seat behind their group. If a serve is hit out or in the net, the player must serve again. First team to have all their players seated wins while the losing team must sprint or run laps. This drill gives players the speed needed to sprint on the court directly after a serve and is a highly effective drill. 2. “Target Aim” Place a ball cart in any of the 6 zones on the court; preferably zone 1 or 5 (one of the back two corners on the opposite side of the court). Line up the entire team with balls behind the end line. Allow the players to serve one at a time. A direct target hit is 3 points, a missed hit is 0. First player to 15 points gets to sit while the rest of the team completes laps or sprints. Teaching a player to hit targets on the court during a serve is a lifetime skill and an extremely valuable player asset. 3. “Amoeba” A loud, highly active drill begins with one player sitting in zone 6 on the court; cross-legged and unable to move. The rest of the team gathers on the other side at the end line with balls ready to serve. Blow the whistle and everyone serves at once. If a player’s ball is caught by the seated player, they can then run over and sit cross-legged next to the player that caught their ball. More and more players will serve balls successfully with seated players catching the balls, creating an “amoeba-like” pattern on the court floor. If the team can successfully get all their players seated cross-legged on the other side of the net in under a certain time, they can do something fun, like playing “queen of the court” or scrimmage each other for the rest of practice. This drill teaches the pressure of not only serving in, but hitting a target so close the person can catch it. Often times the last player left attempting to serve to all the other players on the court grows stressed and feels a great deal of pressure to serve in. During this time, encourage players to cheer and rally the player on! There are many various serving drills volleyball players practice that help to carve them into becoming champion servers. The 3 drills listed here are simply some of the top exercises that will help youth players understand pressure, timing, speed and aim. Use them to pump up your team, get them loud, active and communicating, thus creating team bonding and a lifetime set of skills.