This game can be adapted for school yard or open area. Equipment
1 Foam Ball, 2 Rackets. Formation
may depend on the number of players:The Feeder
(positioned in the centre of the front wall) can throw (bounce) the ball to land on the T area.The Striker/s
position themselves in the Service Box on the Short Line and take turns in stepping in and striking the bouncing ball.The Defenders
(Catchers) are positioned along the front wall are ready to catch the ball as it hit by the Strikers.Spare players
Place a couple of players along the back wall to pick up any balls that go past the Strikers (especially if the Strikers are not competent)Teaching points:
- Score points by the number of catches taken.
- This drill is a controlled exercise and requires skill on the part of the Strikers.
Limit the area on the front wall the strikers can aim to gain points, eg between the Cutline and the Tin. Progression:
As the players become more competent introduce the same concept as a Volley, in which case the Feeder will need to throw the ball on the full.
1 (Feeder) gives a controlled throw.
2 (Striker) taking it in turns to hit the ball aim for a goal.
3 (Fielders) retrieve any balls not taken.
4.(Catchers/Defenders) prevent the ball from hitting the goal area, then return the ball to the Feeder ready for the next feed.Variations:
This formation can be used for:
- Forehand & Backhand Drives (Feeder throws the ball to bounce for the Striker to hit.)
- Underarm Volley (Feeder throws the ball on the full for the Striker to hit.) Overhead Volley ( Feeder throws the ball high in the air for the Striker to take on the volley.)
- Rebounding off the side wall (Feeder positions themselves close to the side wall, throws the ball to firstly hit the side wall) and for:
- Drives - lets the ball bounce;
- Underarm Volley - takes the ball as it comes off the side wall about a metre high;
- Overhead Volley - takes the ball as it comes off the side wall about 2 metres high.