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Learning Intention

2 square bounce aims to develop the concepts of finding space, anticipation, teamwork and deception.

Band Level

3 - 4, 5 - 6, Skill Development

Content Description


Skill Focus

Bouncing, Catching, Teamwork, Throwing


  • 1 volleyball or similar per pair
  • 6 marker cones per court
  • A court surface that allows the ball to bounce


  1. Players form pairs and take sides opposite each other on the court. The player with the ball serves. The ball must cross the line above waist height.
  2. Play continues until 1 player cannot return the ball after 1 bounce, or the ball is thrown out of court, or the receiver drops the ball. The serve alternates between players.
  3. Play to a specified number of points or set a time limit. 1 point is scored for winning the rally.

Change It...

  • Play 3 v 3 and alternate serves
  • Restrict the time in possession depending on the ability of the players, eg 3 seconds or more
  • Provide a no-go or bounce-free zone
  • Change the type of passes players can use, eg chest pass, one handed pass, overhead pass or underarm pass
  • Change the type of ball used


  • Where is the best place to bounce the ball when you serve?
  • Where should you stand ready to catch the ball on the bounce?