Four Square Bump

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-Objective:

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Try to stay in the number 1 spot on the court by successfully bumping (forearm passing) a volleyball.

-Fundamental Movement Skills:

  • Manipulative Send

  • Forearm Pass

  • Setting

  • Strike

  • Manipulative Receive

  • Block

-Equipment List:

  • One Volleyball per group of four players.

  • 9 markers to identify four squares.

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-Equipment Link:

-Setting Up:

  • Set up a square with four courts (use markers as needed).

  • Each square should be about 3-4 paces wide.

  • Players each stand in a square.

  • One player is given the ball--that player is labeled in the number 1 square.

  • Number the other player squares clockwise 2, 3, and 4.

-Instructions:

  • The player with the ball forearm passes the ball a reasonable height to a player in another square.

  • If the pass goes outside the large square or lands inside the player`s own square that player moves to the number 4 square, all other players move one square over counter-clockwise, and the player in the number 1 square holds the ball and resumes play.

  • If the pass were to land in another small square, the player in that square attempts to forearm pass the ball a reasonable height to a player in another square...

  • Players in the number 1 square attempt to stay there as long as possible, while the other players attempt to dislodge a player ahead of them and closer to the number 1 square.

-Questions & Notes:

  • Variations:

  • To make this game eaiser, enlarge the size of the boxes; to make this game more challenging, reduce the size of the boxes.

  • Perhaps begin this game by setting--which most beginning players will have more success with.

  • Questions for Understanding:

  • What is key to passing the ball successfully?

  • What is key to receiving the ball successfully?

  • Is there a strategy to increase you likelihood of getting to the number 1 square?