Physical Education Program
Volleyball:Setting up to Attack
Lesson Plan #6




1.By the end of class, the students will be able to execute an accurate forearm pass upon opening up by the setter

a.žfeet to the ballÓ= when transitioning from passer to hitter, direct your feet at the ball

b.žbelly button to targetÓ=always direct your torso at your target, this starts with directing your midsection to the other side of the net.

c.žflat platformÓ= while using the forearm pass your arms should create a flat surface to strike the ball.


1.The teacher will establish protocol and maintain a safe environment for the students.

2. Instant Activity:

žWhen I say go, I want you to find a partner that is within three steps of you. When you find your partner, sit back to back on the floor, and wait for instructions. Ready, go! Now that you have your partner, here is what you and your partner are going to do. When I say go, find a spot in general space and begin bumping and setting the ball back and forth between you.Ready, go!Ó

3. Set Induction:

4. Content Developmentůsee next attached page

5. Closure/Assessment:

Review cues. Ask individual students to name one of the important cues learned.

§žfeet to the ballÓ

·žbelly button to targetÓ

·žestablish a new positionÓ

6. Equipment:(class size 30) 

1.15 volleyballs

2.15 trainer volleyballs

3.5 volleyball nets

4.4 hula-hoops

7. Protocol:

·žstopÓ for stop, equipment down, eyes on teacher.

·žgoÓ follow directions given by teacher.

·žhuddle upÓ walk over and stand in a semi-circle around the teacher.

8. Class Rules:

·Respect fellow classmates and demonstrate good sportsmanship!

·Perform activity as instructed by the teacher!

·Everyone gives their best effort everyday!

·If off-task you will be warned then disciplined.


Content Development



MAF/Instructional technique




·5 volleyball courts will be set up.Use badminton courts if volleyball courts are not available.
·15 volleyballs and 15 rubber volleyballs are spread out equally in the 4 hoops in each corner of the gym.
·Students are divided up in groups of 3 ahead of time.Each group will have at least one student who has volleyball experience.

·The students are gathered around the teacher in a semi-circle.

·Have a group of 3 demonstrate the game.Use up to 3 hits each side.Start the game with a playable toss to partner (free ball).Earn one point when team uses two hits on a side. 
·The groups are spread out 3 students on each side of the net.
·Refer to the diagram.
§Q: What was the goal of the game?
§A: Two hits on a side

§Q: What did you do to be successful? 

§A: Forearm pass, set, open up, communicate, transition

§Q: Why do you want to set up to attack?

§A: A spike or hit is harder to return

§Q: How many teams were able to earn points?

§A: Two. Three, and so on.

§The students are gathered around the teacher in a semi-circle.

Practice:When I say go I want your group of 3 to go to your assigned court.I want you to number yourselves 1, 2, and 3.I want person #1 to be the setter (right side of the net), person #2 to be the tosser (back of the court behind the setter), and person #3 to be the passer (left side of the court, back of the court).Every three hits you will rotate from passer, to setter, to tosser.The tosser stands behind the ten foot line and tosses free ball to passer. Tosser should move passer up and back and laterally.Passer forearm passes ball to setter and setter catches ball.Tosser can also do an easy overhead serve at the ten foot line to increase difficulty level.I want this group to demonstrate for the class.
§Make sure a group of 3 demonstrates the task for the class.
§The groups are spread out 3 students on each side of the net.
§Refer to the diagram.
§I want the tosser to toss the ball underhand; right to the passer so they donŪt have to move to make the pass.
§I want the toss to toss the ball underhand, at different levels and directions so the passer has to adjustto the ball.Toss high, low, and to the side.
§I want the tosser to toss the ball underhand and overhand, at different speeds to the passer, so it is more game like. I want the passer to continue bumping the ball to the setter.
§When striking the ball, the person contacting the ball should always point their feet to the ball
§The hitter should always jump when striking on a spike. This allows for maximum speed and also allows for the proper trajectory.
§Hitters should throw hands high to contact the ball at the peak of their jump.

§A good pass will be within one step of the setter. 

§Move the setter around; make them work a little harder to get a good set.
§Have the tosser throw to žbad spotsÓ where it might be hard for the passer to make a good pass.
§Bring the students in to a semi-circle around you.
§Q: What kind of pass is the easiest for the setter to set?
§A: One where the setter can get underneath to get the ball in the air.
§Q: How are the players successful in setting up the attack

§A: By working as a team and being in proper position.

§This is the same 3v3 game that the lesson began with.
§Earn one point when team executes a pass-set-spike combination
§After the game bring the students in to the semi-circle.

§Ask individual students to name one of the important cues given in the lesson.

§žfeet to the ballÓ


§žthrow hands highÓ


Created by Chris Ferrier, CWU PETE Program, Winter 2003