Synopsis: This is a variation on Flip-Switch with a competitive element added

Age/Skill Level: This is an exercise for intermediate and advanced levels.

Requirements: 6 players, full-court, balls.

Execution: Divide the players into 2 pairs of passers and a pair of servers and add in a target. Servers are on one side, passers the other. One pair of passers starts on the court in positions 5 and 6. One of the servers serves. The passers pass, then one of the following happens.

  • If the pass is a 3-pass, the passers slide over to 1-6, keeping their same relative positions (i.e. 5 goes to 6, 6 goes to 1).
  • If it’s a 2-pass, the passes flip positions (5 to 6, 6 to 5)
  • If the pass is a 1 or an Ace/Overpass, the passers go off and the pair waiting takes their place.

Repeat with the servers alternating for 5 minutes. Each 3-pass is a point for the passing pair.

Rotate the pairs and repeat such that each pair passes twice and serves once. The winning pair has the highest total score.


  • You can vary the time of the rounds, or define a certain number of good (over and in) serves to ensure all rounds are evenly distributed.
  • If you just want to focus on your primary passers, you can just do one round rather than multiple and have non-passers serve and target.
  • You can also count 2-passes as points and/or give the serving team points for Aces/Overpasses.

Additional Comments:

  • Having servers going from multiple locations along the end line creates a variety of angles for the passers, and thus differing sets of seam responsibilities.
  • You can run two sets of this on the same court going in opposite directions.
  • You can run this as a drill with no scoring if you like.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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