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Volleyball Activities

KNEE VOLLEYBALL

Object:

  • To emphasize correct position play for volleyball.
Equipment:
  • One volleyball
  • Knee pads for each player
Description:
  • Players either wear knee pads or the game is played on a large mat.
  • A net is placed at the height of a tennis net and the players play the game on their knees instead of in a standing position.
  • Volleyball rules are used when playing knee volleyball except that the serve consists of a two-handed overhead toss and spiking is not permitted.
Variations:
  • Require two passes before hitting the ball over the net.
  • Mark zones on the floor and have the players play from a standing position without using the spike.
BALL PROGRESSION

Object:
  • To learn volleyball skills by using different kinds of balls.
Equipment:
  • Volleyball
  • Balloon
  • Beach ball
  • Plastic ball
Description:
  • An exciting way to teach young children the skills of volleyball is to vary the kind of ball that is to be used.
    1. Heavy balloon – The students use a heavy balloon to get the concept of a volleyball game.
    2. Beach ball – The beach ball is heavier and demands quicker reactions from the players. They continue to develop and improve their understanding and skills.
    3. Heavy plastic ball – This ball is somewhat lighter than a volleyball, but it is possible to closely simulate a volleyball game.
    4. Volleyball – Students are now ready to use a volleyball. They play regular volleyball because they understand the concepts and rules and have developed the skills needed for volleyball.
BALL OF FIRE

Object:
  • To volley and catch accurately and quickly in order to avoid being caught with the "ball of fire."
Equipment:
  • One volleyball per team
Description:
  • Stand in a circle, at least five feet from any other player.
  • The ball is volleyed, using the set pass, to any other player on the circle.
  • This person must catch the ball and then volley to another player and so on.
  • As the ball is being volleyed and caught, the instructor blows a whistle.
  • The player who is in possession of the ball must sit down in the center of the circle while the others continue to volley, until one person remains.
Variations:
  • For younger players, use beach balls, foam rubber balls, etc.
  • Use throwing and catching rather than volleying.
  • Use the bump rather than the set.
  • Use two or more fire balls in each circle.
ODD BALL

Object:
  • To have as few balls as possible in your team's possession when the whistle is blown.
Equipment:
  • Seven volleyballs (or other types of balls) per game
  • Nets and standards
Description:
  • One team is on each side of the net, with three or four balls in its possession.
  • On a signal, each team throws the balls to the other team, and continues to do so as soon as they are caught.
  • You want as few balls as possible on your side of the net at the end of the designated amount of time.
  • One point is given for each ball in the team's possession at the end of the game, and the team with the lowest score is the winner.
Variations:
  • Set, serve, or bump rather than throw and catch.

Excerpted from What Are We Doing in Gym Today?


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