Game of the Week: Catch and Pass Volleyball | Playworks

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Game of the Week: Catch and Pass Volleyball

Sun, 04/15/2012

Volleyball season has begun in our 23 cities with direct service programs. This is a time of great learning. Many third and fourth grade join the team barely or never having played the game before. It can be a great equalizer as everyone learns new skills together. The rules of play can be a bit challenging to those new to volleyball, so why not teach them with a game. That is why the game of the week is Catch and Pass Volleyball!

Group Size: Any size
Age Group: Grades 1-5
Length of Activity: 10 minutes or more
Developmental Goal: To teach teamwork while working together to get the ball over the net.
Equipment: Cones, Volleyball Net, Volleyball

Before You Start: 

  • Fairly split the group into two teams.
  • Have volunteers demonstrate the concepts of bumping, setting and serving.
  • Teach the rules of the game and ask the players to explain it back to you.
  • Emphasize the concept of passing and looking for the best place to return the ball.

Set Up:

Create a traditional volleyball court, using lines or cones for clear boundaries.

How To Play:

  • Arrange players in standard volleyball formation, with four to six players in two rows on each side of the net. Others wait in a line on each side to rotate into the game.
  • The ball is served by throwing or serving it over the net.
  • Players must catch, pass and throw or hit the ball back over the net in three tries or less.
  • Play continues until one team:
    • Hits or throws the ball outside the boundaries.
    • Does not put the ball into play on the other side of the net in three tries or less.
    • Allows the ball to touch the floor on their side.
  • This game can be used to teach rotation.
    • Only the serving team can earn points.
    • If the serving team loses a volley, the other team gets the serve.
    • Teams rotate each time they regain the serve.


If no net is available, consider a rope between two poles or having players practice hitting the ball above head level when returning it to the other team.

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