In pairs, players pass the ball to each other whilst trying to keep the ball off the ground using only headers and volleys. More confident players can stand farther apart from each other.


Aim: To improve control, heading and volleying techniques

Suitable for: U11’s and upwards

Equipment: Marked area appropriate size for age, 8 cones, 2 ball between 4 players

Organisation: Players set up as in the video and diagram and they must pass, volley or head the ball to their team mates side of the court / area over the net (or coned area). The aim is to pass it between them more times than their opponents in 1 minute.


  • Allow more or less touches and bounces
  • No bounces
  • Increase / decrease the size of the area

Coaching Points

  • Emphasis is on 1st touch, soft touch, keep ball out of feet and in the direction of supporting player
  • Players encouraged to keep the ball in the air which will allow team mate an easier pass to deal with before knocking over the net