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Five Pass Volleyball

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To score points by making the ball land on the opponent’s court

-Fundamental Movement Skills:

  • Manipulative Send

  • Strike

  • Set

  • Manipulative Receive

  • Block

-Equipment List:

  • Volleyball court with a net

  • One volleyball


-Equipment Link:

-Setting Up:

  • Place 6 or more participants on either side of the net.


  • Determine which team has first serve by doing a coin toss.

  • The server stands behind the back-court line and serves the ball into the opposition’s court.

  • The game continues using regular volleyball rules with the exception that 5 different players must pass the ball to each other before the sixth player attacks the ball by hitting it over the net. A player:

    • May not carry or throw the ball.

    • Cannot touch the ball 2 times in a row.

    • Cannot touch the net. 

  • If the ball goes out-of-bounds off a player, lands on the court, or is not returned successfully with 5 passes, the other team scores a point and serves the ball.

  • Play to 25 (or other pre-set number) points. The first team to 25 points wins.

-Questions & Notes:

  • Safety considerations: 

    • Encourage players to be aware of each other (heads up, call the balls they are going for) so they do not bump into each other. Be sure poles are padded.

  • Instructional tips:

    • Players will need to communicate to each other to determine who still needs to pass the ball. Remind players to spread themselves out on defence to fill the court and to look for the open areas on offense to score.

  • Variation:

    • Ten Pass: Allow players to contact the ball more than once (but not twice in a row) per side. All players on the offensive team must have contacted the ball at least once. Allow as many as 10 passes before the ball must go over the net 

  • As a cool-down:

    • Great as a cool-down but limit the serve to an underhand serve and the eventual attack to an overhead pass (set) or forearm pass (bump); no spikes permitted.

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