Volleyball, and sport in general, has the unique capacity to be fun and engaging in any of its rules and forms, as long as the game objectives are clear and achievable by all players.
So we continue on offering you ideas to use the volleyball court in a more creative way and diversify your sessions.
Read the first tips we gave you here :10 Different Ways to Play Volleyball
4) Floating Court
‘Floating Court’ is another game excellent for teaching players about the court markings and making them move around the court. Two teams of players start playing the game using the full court markings or parts of them (e.g. playing only within the 3rd meter/attack line). However, at points during the rally, the coach (or one of the players) shouts for a change in the court markings used. Then the court size changes and a ball which was previously out, can now be in, or vice-versa. Different courts can include front court (yellow zone), back court (light blue zone), and full court. If the sports hall where you play is a multi-purpose one, you can use other lines and markings, for example shout ‘red line’ or ‘black line’ to signal the new baseline.
5) Shark Sea Challenge
The ‘Shark Sea Challenge’ is a variation of the Floating Court game, which can be played either as a competitive game (two teams playing against each other, scoring points) or as a non-competitive game (players from both sides collaborating with each other, pursuing a high score). In this game, the area between the two attack lines (the yellow zone) represents a sea full of sharks. This means that neither the ball, nor any player can cross it if the rally is to continue. Players can leave their own light blue back court zones to chase balls flying outside the volleyball court but if one of them sets foot (or any part of the body) in the yellow zone, the point is over. The game is good for teaching players how to control the ball and how to increase their hitting, digging or volleying accuracy.
6) The ‘Ten Commandments’ Challenge
This game can also be played as a competitive or a non-competitive one. It is called 10 Commandments because it is played in 10 rounds with different rules in each. The structure and court are the same as in normal volleyball and the game can be played by 3-to-8 players per team. Teams play first to five points in each round and the team that won a round wins a point. At the end, the team with the most points wins the game (and it can, obviously, finish with a draw). The rules in the different rounds can include: no/only digging; no/only volleying; using only one arm/hand; only kicking the ball, etc. The rules can be devised by the coach and players to suit the aims and objectives of the session.
7) Number Duty Game
In this game players are spread around the baselines and side-lines, each given a number. In our case, the same-coloured players are given the same number. The coach then throws a high ‘free’ ball and shouts one or two numbers. If the players hear their number, they have to rush in the court and play the rally. The assistant coach or the players themselves keep track of how many points has each team won and declare the winner at the end. A team is comprised of the people with the same number (or also colour in our case). Above all, this game develops the players’ alertness and how quick they get into position.
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