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Name of Activity:
Service Handball (for teaching Volleyball serve)
Purpose of Activity:The purpose of the activity is for students to reinforce their skill of the underhand serve in volleyball.
Prerequisites:Students should have already had some skill practice time with the underhand serve.
Suggested Grade Level:6-8
2 goals per game (I use soccer goals but any way of marking the goals works)
1 foam volleyball per game
Jerseys or wristbands for team designation
Description of Idea
Set up your class to have teams of about 3-4. The goal of the team is to pass the ball to teammates using the underhand serve. When a teammate catches the ball, they freeze and can only pivot to make a pass or shot at the goal. If the ball hits the floor, the opposing team gains possession from that spot. I do not allow students to guard the person with the ball. Guarding the ball carrier makes the underhand serve too difficult to perform. To make sure the students have a fair chance at scoring goals, I mark off a goalie box that only the goalie is allowed to occupy.
Changing the ball size to increase or decrease the difficulty.
Allowing 2-3 steps with the ball in hand. If the game is going slow, put a time limit on holding the ball.
As a lead up you could do a 3 vs 1 keep away game.
While students are playing the game, sometimes I use a checklist for the underhand serve. What I have also tried, is a self assessment at the end.
Have students come up their own rules for the game as it is being played.
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