Grade Level: 3-5
After an initial practice time using volleyball underhand serves, divide the class into two or three teams depending on the number of nets that are available. Each team will have “servers” and “ball shaggers” separated by the net. The “servers” will serve from behind a designated line. The “ball shaggers” stand on the other side of the net but off the court. Their job is to quickly roll the balls to the “servers” after they have landed. Hoops or yoga mats (the battleships) are arranged on the side of the net where the “Ball Shaggers” are located. A “battleship” is sunk when a server is able to serve the ball over the net and have it land in the hoop or on the yoga mat. If a “battleship” is sunk(hit), the “ball shaggers” remove it from the floor. The sides remain in position until all the battleships are hit(removed). Then change sides and start again.
Works independently with others in partner environments. (S4.E4.2)
Follows teacher directions for safe participation and proper use of equipment without teacher reminders. (S4.E6.1)
Volleys an object with an underhand or sidearm striking pattern, sending it forward over a net, to the wall or over a line to a partner, while demonstrating 4 of the 5 critical elements of a mature pattern. (S1.E22.3)
You could create closer serving lines for less skilled children to utilize.