How to play four square volleyball.

We love getting running our interscholastic co-ed volleyball league. The game is fun and often new to students, creating an evening playing field. First introducing proper techniques for bumping, setting and serving is important. Then we like to give students a chance to try those skills with a fun games. Easy to introduce to the playground during recess, the Game of the Week is Four Square Volleyball!

Age Group:  Grades 3+

Length of Activity:  10 minutes or more
Developmental Goal:  To develop teamwork and communication.

Equipment: One or more volleyballs.

Before You Start: 

  • Review how to bump, set, and serve.
  • One player stands on each of the four corners of the play area (there should be a total of four in the square).
  • The rest of the players line up near the play area in a single line.
  • Review how to rotate in and out of the playing area (the same as in four square.)

Set Up: 

Use a painted four square area or divide a large square into equal four sections.

How To Play: 

  • Play begins with one player serving from his/her corner. 
  • The serve can be to any of the other three players. 
  • Each player gets one attempt to set or bump the ball to another player without the ball hitting the ground. 
  • If the player misses or hits the ball out of bounds then s/he returns to the end of the line. 
  • Play re-starts with a serve. 


  • Team Four Square Volleyball: use a large 4-square (approximately 24’ x 24’) and place three to four on a team, each team gets a square. Each team gets a maximum of three hits to return the ball to another square.

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