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Short Volleyball

Titre 1


Titre 1

To score points by making the ball land on the opponent’s court.

-Aptitudes motrices fondamentales:

  • Manipulative Send

    • Strike​

    • Set

  • Manipulative Receive​

    • Block​

-Liste d'équipement:

  • Volleyball court with a net

  • One volleyball per group


-Lien d'équipement:

-Mise en place:

  • Place 2 participants on the playing court on either side of the net.

  • The court is delineated by a back court line (the attack line 3 metres from the net) and 2 side lines approximately 3 metres apart (these lines permit as many as 3 courts (A, B, and C) side-by-side as shown on the illustration).


  • Determine which team has first serve by doing a coin toss. The server stands behind the back-court line (attack line) and serves the ball into the opposition’s court. The game continues using regular volleyball rules. A player:

    • May not carry or throw the ball.

    • Cannot touch the ball 2 times in a row.

    • Cannot touch the net. 

  • If the ball goes out-of-bounds off a player, lands on the court, or is not returned successfully with 3 or less hits, the other team scores a point and serves the ball. Play to 5 (or other pre-set number) of points. The first team to 5 points wins.

-Questions et notes:

  • Safety considerations:

    • If 3 courts are used side-by-side, warn participants to be careful not to bump into neighbouring players–have them call a replay if there is any fear of contacting another player when playing their ball.

  • Instructional tips:

    • Have players switch courts (winner moving 1 court towards court A, losers moving 1 court towards court C–the ones at the end stay) as soon as any team announces they have scored 5 points (if 2 teams are tied at that time, the team that scored the highest point first is the winner).

  • Variations:

    • Long and Narrow: Play the same game but use the regular back line on the volleyball court.

    • One-on-one: Play either Short Volleyball or Long and Narrow with 1 player a side, and allow that player to touch the ball 3 times in a row before passing the ball over the net on the third hit. 

  • As a cool-down:

    • Works well as a cool-down, especially if some players need to leave a few players can carry on a little longer with this game after practice.

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