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IX. Volleyball Unit

Health/Physical Education                                             Jeff Miele


Grades K-8                                                            


 All grade levels:  Opening Exercises


      • Students enter the gym and go directly to their exercise spaces.
      • Various stretches and strength building exercises.
      • Warm-up activity – 45 sec. Timed relay run (cardiovascular endurance)






Activity:    Begin the Volleyball Unit




     Volleyball:  The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the game of Volleyball/Newcomb.  William G. Morgan at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, developed volleyball in 1895.  This unit will involve the teaching and practice of both physical and mental skills, teamwork, communication and cooperation.   Volleyball is one of the few sports in which boys and girls can compete together equally.






§         To give students a basic understanding of the game of volleyball.


§         To provide opportunities for enjoyment of this sport as a lifetime activity.


§         To have students incorporate fitness into the lesson.


§         To know the importance of safety and to practice safe play.


§         To use class time effectively.


§         To enhance social skill








Lesson 1:  Introduction to Volleyball


§         Students are shown the area of the gym that represents the volleyball court.


§         Students are given correct vocabulary terms used in describing the volleyball court area.


§         Basic rules of the game are reviewed and practiced.




















Skill:  Underhand serving technique


§         Stance:  feet shoulder width apart facing the net.   Step forward on the opposite foot.     Bend knees slightly and lean forward.  Hold the ball at waist level in the palm and fingers of your non-serving hand.


§         Movement:  Open your hand; straighten your serving arm, swing it back and then forward to contact the ball.  Follow through and step forward as you make contact with the ball.














 Procedures:  Students from each homeroom have been assigned to teams.  Play a modified game of volleyball, stressing rules and correct serving.


(1st – 4th  grade play Newcomb) Health/P.E. Standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6






Lesson 2:  Volleyball review


§         Students are tested on volleyball court rules


§         Review basic rules and correct vocabulary terms in the game of volleyball




Skill:   Court positions


§         Students are shown rotation and rotation order.


§         Practice playing their positions


§         Students are shown serving orders




Procedures:  Students from each homeroom will play a game of Newcomb.  Test knowledge as the game is played. Health/P.E. Standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6






Lesson 3:  Volley and serve reception


§         The overhead Pass, also know as the volley, set or face pass is used to pass the ball among teammates during a game.


§         Body and hand position:  Stand in ready position.   Spread fingers of both hands in a cup position with thumbs and index fingers forming a triangle above your face to look through and see the ball.


§         Movement:  Position directly under the ball as it comes towards you, knees and elbows bent.  Watch the ball constantly.








Procedure:  Students will be given various partner setting and volleying tasks.  Students will then play a game of volleyball practicing knowledge of basic rules. Health/P.E. Standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6








Lesson 4:  The forearm pass   (the bump)


§         The bump pass; also know as the forearm pass is used when the ball comes in contact with the body at a level below the waist.


§         Body and Arm position: Place the knuckles of one hand into the palm of the other hand.  Thumbs are side to side with thumbs up.


§         Making contact:  Move towards the ball, bending your knees to get under it.  Watch the ball.   Arms are together and extended.








Procedures:    Practice with a partner.  One ball per partner group.  Students will play a game of volleyball stressing all the skills learned thus far. Health/P.E. Standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6




This unit ends with Single Elimination Volleyball Tournament.








Daily observation evaluations are made at the conclusion of each class period.


Scores are given for:


  • Participation
  • Sportspersonship
  • Cooperation
  • Attitude
  • Self-responsibility




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