Drill: 4-Player Pair Pepper

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Synopsis: This is a pepper variation which creates a more realistic 3-touch sequence. It is a good warm-up drill, one which can be used in place of normal 2-player pepper.

Age/Skill Level: This is a drill for all levels

Requirements: 4 players, one ball

Execution: This is a basic pepper done with two pairs of partners. It starts with the pair on one side attacking a ball at the other other pair. That pair then executes a dig-set-hit to send the ball back to the first pair. Continue from there as normal pepper. Essentially, it is a cooperative 3-touch pairs game played without a net.

Variations:

  • For less skilled players, you could go with a dig-set-set or dig-set-pass exchange, removing the hitting element.
  • For more advanced players you can reduce the contacts to 2 touches and require the dug ball be attacked.

Additional Comments:

  • This drill can be used in warm-ups. It offers the advantage of taking up a bit less space on the court than two set of pairs peppering.
John Forman
About the Author: John Forman
John is currently the head coach for the University of Exeter Volleyball Club BUCS teams, having also coached the Devon Ladies through the second half of the 2012-13 NVL1 season and to the South West Championship. He previously coached in Division I of NCAA Women's Volleyball in the US, with additional experience at the Juniors club level. He founded and ran what is now one of the biggest clubs in New England. John worked with a fellow coach to create and publish the book Inside College Volleyball, and patented the Precision Passer volleyball training aide. (bio page)

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