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Volleyball is fun to play because everybody gets involved! The game is unique because the same player isn’t allowed to hit the ball twice in a row, so everyone takes turns serving, passing, and setting the ball.  A team can hit the ball up to three times before they get it over the net.  Before you play, check out these moves!

Serving the ball – Stand at the back of the court and face the net. Hold the ball in the palm of your non-dominant hand (for example, left if you’re right-handed) and stretch out your arm at waist level. Lean forward and swing your dominant hand (the one you write with) up toward the bottom of the ball.  Now, drop the ball and hit it with your fist or the bottom of your hitting hand. Follow through, pointing your hitting arm toward your target. Finally, get ready to score. Only the team that’s serving can score points! After you have practiced this underhand for a while, you can try a powerful overhead serve!

Passing the ball –  Move to the place where you think the ball will land and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.  Bend your knees and put your arms straight out in front of you.  Lock your hands together with your thumbs pointed forward. Watch the ball make contact with your arms and then push it forward with your forearms.  Aim with your shoulders and straighten your legs, using the force from your legs to move the ball where you want it to go.

Setting the ball – Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, facing your target. Bend your knees and raise your hands above your head with your elbows bent. Put your hands together about six inches above and in front of your forehead, and make a diamond shape with your thumbs and pointer fingers. When the ball comes to you, use only your thumbs and the tops of your fingers to push the ball up in the direction you want it to go. Your palms should not touch the ball.

Check out Safety Rules before you get started.

Eat healthy in order to keep your energy and attention levels up so that you can perform at your best. Get your five fruits and veggies a day, low fat dairy, and lean meat, chicken or fish proteins. Make sandwiches with olive oil or canola oil mayonnaise. Drink lots of water and stay away from high sugar drinks. Choose healthy snacks like ice cold fruits or veggies. Stick with low sugar and low saturated fat bars.

We gratefully acknowledge BAM! Body and Mind from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information used in the Sports Definitions.

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