PE Central Challenge©
Three youngsters stand in a triangle formation three
giant steps from each other. The challenge is to volley a ball
(not a beach ball or a balloon) 10 times in a row without the
ball hitting the ground. Each youngster must contact (volley) the
ball at least twice but may not strike it twice in a row.
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- Ball that can be easily
volleyed, e.g. foam ball, lightweight volleyball, volleyball trainer ball, etc. Cannot be a balloon or beach ball.
Starting and Stopping:
- This challenge can be performed either
indoors or outdoors. On windy days, however, it can be more difficult
to successfully complete this challenge outdoors.
- Have the three
youngsters stand shoulder-to-shoulder facing each other and then
take 3 giant steps back.
- One youngster with the ball
initiates the activity by tossing the ball to him/herself or by
tossing the ball to another group member.
- The initial toss
does not count as a volley.
- The youngsters may only use
their hands and/or arms to volley.
- If a youngster hits the
ball twice in succession (a double hit) they start the challenge
Youngsters stand shoulder to shoulder.
Then, they take 3 giant steps back.
- There is no limit to the number of attempts in order
for a group to successfully complete the task.
- Youngsters are
encouraged to "move to the ball" after the initial toss.
satisfactorily complete the challenge, a youngster must be a part
of a group that successfully volleys a ball at least ten times in
a row as described above.
- Youngsters may be members of more
than one group, so it is possible for youngsters to successfully
complete the challenge more than once in order to help other
youngsters in achieving the challenge.
- "Quick Feet": Move your feet to get under the ball -- do
not remain stationary.
- "Push Up": Volley (push) the ball up high
into the air.
- "Talk": Communicate with your group members by
saying "I got it" or "Mine".
- Have youngsters continuously volley balloons, beach
balls or light weight balls to themselves against a wall or to
Have partners volley balloons, beach balls or light
weight balls back and forth to each other. If youngsters have
difficulty with this task, allow the ball to bounce once
in-between passes. To challenge youngsters, have them volley
across a net or a rope strung between two chairs.
youngsters volley a ball, let it bounce once, and then move
quickly to the ball for another volley. The idea is to travel
from one point to another by repeating this task.
partner stand at the volleyball net or a rope between two chairs.
The other partner stands at the service or end line holding an
inflated balloon (about 10 feet distance).The youngster holds the
balloon up high and when the other youngster "sees" the balloon
has been dropped, he/she runs toward the balloon and tries to
"Keep It Up" (remember to use hands and/or arms only). Increase
or decrease the distance as needed to ensure the task is
challenging, yet can be successfully performed by the youngsters.
Ideas Adapting Challenge for Students with Disabilities:
- Self volley to yourself 10 times in a wheelchair
- Strike a ball at a target 10 times successfully
- Use balloons, beach balls, or plastic balls
- Use balls of various sizes
- Increase or decrease volley number
- For visually impaired, catch a beeper ball 10 times volleyed to them
- Bounce ball continuously for specific time
- self volley inside large hula hoop 10 times with balloon or volley ball
- volley with teacher, 10X using balloon or beach ball
- scarf juggling - self toss & catch ____ times
- catch ball tossed in high arc by teacher ____times
- launch ball 5 times overhead with foot launcher
Helpful References for this
PE Central Tasks for Volleying:
Additional information can be found in:
Graham, G., Holt/Hale, S. A., & Parker, M. (2001). Children
moving: A reflective approach to teaching physical education (4th
ed.). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. (Chapter 28: Volleying &
Dribbling, pp. 517-553).
Holt/Hale, S. A. (1998). On the Move: Lesson plans to
accompany Children Moving (4th ed.). Mountain View, CA:
Mayfield. (pp. 259-274).
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