What Is Pepper In Volleyball?

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If you’ve been involved with volleyball for a very long time, you’ve probably heard the term and wondered what it means. It’s quite possible that you didn’t even know it was there.

In volleyball, “peppering” means practicing his control when passing, setting, or even hitting the ball with one or more partners. Partners work together to control the ball.

Learning peppers can be intimidating to new players, but it’s actually a skill most people can master with a little practice. I’ve observed that some amazingly small children can keep hitting a pepper two dozen times.

The most common way to pepper is to split everyone on the team into pairs and pepper with two. can. If possible, the goal is to alternate hit types in the following order so that each player receives each type of contact.

It’s not important for him to follow this order 100%, but that’s the goal. At some point, you need to fold when you should bet, volley when you should hit, and even look for a save. Your first goal is to keep the ball in play. The next goal is to spin the nature of the shot.


Why Is It Called “Peppering”?

Many volleyball players don’t know where the name came from or why they call it that. It actually comes from baseball. I’m not much of a baseball player, but I’ve heard he has two different drills called “Peppering”.

The first is similar to volleyball, where players are paired and two partners pass the ball back and forth to catch it (which certainly sounds very simple and easy compared to the volleyball version). Second, the batter hits the ball into the fielders, and when they throw the ball in, the batter keeps hitting the ball back.


What Are The Benefits Of Peppering In Volleyball?

  • Easy

Even the youngest athletes can keep the rally going once players start to understand that Peppering is a pass-set hit. Of course, this takes practice, but players can grasp the concepts with minimal guidance.


  • Teach ball control

The goal is to continue the rally, so the player must deliver the ball to his partner. Clearly, the athlete needs to make adjustments if the ball drops or gets out of control.

For example: If the pass is too low for a partner to catch, they will quickly learn to pass the ball higher. What happens if you hit the ball too hard or sideways and keep your teammates chasing it? The desire to keep the rally longer pushes you to swing with more control.

Ball control involves practice, and Pepper forces athletes to touch every other ball.


  • Many people in charge

Due to the rapid succession of all other ball touches, the athlete touches the ball much more often than many other simple warm-up his exercises. High rep volleyball His drills are popular with experienced coaches. This means more personal practice and faster skill development.


  • Teach decision making

Another benefit of teaching players how to do Pepper is that it teaches them to make decisions through trial and error. If the next ball should have been a set but the pass was low, do they still have to attempt a set? return to pass? Would you like to give it back to your partner to take control?

A goal may be a pass-set hit, but it doesn’t always work that way. The desire to keep the ball in play teaches players to make adjustments based on ball height, angle, tempo, and partner position. Over time, players learn to play ball properly and not based on what “should happen”.


  • No mesh required

This is a huge benefit in my opinion, especially in facilitating practice at home. If a player can drag his sister, brother, uncle, etc. outside so he can practice volleyball for 20 minutes, they are training off the court. Peppering is a great activity for his two players with only one ball, as many athletes don’t have a net at home or within walking distance.

Using pepper as a warm-up activity during youth camp is an easy way to get high reps without crowding the net. Players can easily spread throughout the gym to practice their skills. They also teach them something to go home and show their parents.


  • Fun

Peppering is fun, simple, and simple. If you’ve ever seen a video of me and my husband trying to pepper, you’ll notice there are a lot of smiles and laughter. Peppering is an easy way to add a little fun to your workout while working on your athletic skills.


What Are The Disadvantages Of Peppering In Volleyball?

  • Not playful

This is a pretty big problem, especially for advanced players.

A higher-level club team coach or high school coach believes he only has a few hours a day to spend with his team and is unlikely to use the valuable practice time to practice what a player cannot experience in a game. , is often looked down upon.

The main complaint with pepper rings is that they always put the ball back in place (which is why there are many derivatives of the traditional pepper ring to address this problem).

In a match, probably 95% of the time, a player should pass diagonally (instead of going straight like Pepper). Give one ball back to the setter (hopefully lol).

In short, peppering teaches and reinforces improper technique. You’d be better off spending your time on more playful exercises and warm-ups.


  • Player gets sloppy

When you see players peppering, their “form” is often almost non-existent. In fact, it is very rare for athletes (especially older players) to take Pepper seriously.


What Are The Variations Of Pepper

  • Pepper on the wall

It’s not that interesting, even though it’s about a specific event. When playing without a partner, the player can choose which wall Pepper will play against.


  • Rotating pepper

Once the whole team has completed their peppers in pairs, after a few minutes they rotate them and pair them with new people.


  • Disposable pepper

Instead of each partner batting back and forth in his 1 inning, the batter only bats his 1 inning. When the bagger receives the ball, he hands it to his partner for another shot. This can be done for a fixed number of exchanges. B. After 10 hits or during the duration of the drill he can choose a pair where one defense is used against one attacker.


  • 3 hit pepper

The first player throws the ball to his second player, and the second player passes, stands up, and returns the ball to player one. Each possession must contain three control shots.


  • Over the Net 3 Hit Pepper

Similar to 3-Hit Pepper, except each competitor moves over the net to the other competitor. 3 hit pepper on approach

This is a more advanced technique that requires a greater distance between partners. If a player is sitting, they must move closer to score.


  • 2 hit pepper

Each player hits the ball twice when he reaches it. It’s either digging and punching against yourself or overhead his contact (dig or volley) and punching against yourself.



A simple exercise known as peppering has been used since the early days to help players warm up and focus on ball control. As a result, such variations amplify these characteristics and offer opportunities for growth in other areas such as conditioning, mental strength, and communication.

David Campbell

David Campbell

"I live and breath volleyball"

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