NAME OF ACTIVITY:
Any (with modification)
As many soft throwables as possible. For Volleyball - as as many
soft volleyballs or beach balls as possible ( I use about 18 oversized
volleyballs). 1 volleyball net
HIGHLIGHTS: Throwing, catching. For
Volleyball - Serving, Bumping, Setting, Spiking?
Version - In this version, divide the class into two equal
teams. Separate the teams with a center line or a volleyball
net. Give each team half of the throwables. On the signal,
each team must throw the items from their half of the court into the other
teams half of the court. The object of the game is to have the
fewest items on your side of area, at the end of the game.
Personally, I will allow the games to last 1-2 minutes. I then
signal the game to stop and tally the scores.
You can modify this game by making players throw
from where they caught or retrieved a ball. In other words, once
they have a ball they can not move any closer to the centerline or net.
Version - I use this game during my volleyball unit.
Instead of using any soft throwable, I use oversized volleyballs or beach
balls. The idea is the same. Give half the ball to each
team. In this version, each team is separated by a volleyball
net. On the given signal, each team must try to get the volleyballs
over the net into the other teams area. The team who has the least
number of balls on their side of the net at the end of the time limit,
will be declared the winner. Following are different ways I play
1. All players must serve the ball over the
2. Players may bump or set a ball back over
the net if it has not bounced (or bounce 1 time for younger groups). other
wise, they must pick it up and serve it back over.
3. I do not teach spiking but could you add
it if you wish? sure.
4. I do not penalize for ball going under
the net, as long as players are trying with proper technique. This
is a good activity to assess serving skills.
As with the throwing version, you can modify the
game by making students serve from a designated area, or from where
they retrieve the ball.
HELPFUL HINTS: I do have a 2 ball penalty
for anyone who sends a ball to the other team after the whistle has
blown. Take into consideration that there may be balls in flight as
you blow the whistle. I do not penalize for balls in the air at the
& Lead Up/Tag