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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Dueling Bumpers
Bumping, serving and rotating are prerequisites for this activity.
Purpose of Activity:
The purpose of this activity is to give students an opportunity to show control of force and accuracy using a volleyball bump.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
You will need 8 beachballs; peer assessment sheets; pencils; and boundary lines and volleyball nets around a court for every two teams;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Each court will have six players on a side per team playing separate games. The game begins when one server from each side simultaneously serve the beachballs over the net. When the beachball goes over the net each side will count the number of bumps they can complete in a row. When the ball lands on the floor or goes out of bounds they stop counting. Each side then compares scores and the team with more consecutive bumps earns a point. each team will rotate clockwise and a new server restarts the action. An extra beachball is placed out of bounds behind each team. This ball is used when the server fails to serve the ball over the net or in the boundaries. The extra ball is put into play by the receiving team with an underhand toss and bumps are counted from this point on. This will give the receiving team an advantage and will emphasize the importance of good serves.


Using larger beachballs will enable more successful bumps

Instead of using a serve, the beachball may be tossed over the net for better accuracy

Assessment Ideas:

Instead of playing the game, each student will sit out one turn after they serve and they will assess a partner. My peer assessment looks like this:

Did my partner?

yes    or     no     Bump the ball
yes    or    no    Start in ready position
yes    or     no     Bend down before they bumped
yes    or    no     Lift up and keep hands from swinging
Brad Carroll Additional authors for this idea were Mark Beuerle.. Posted on PEC: 11/2/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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