Youth Ministry Object Lesson – Volleyball Christians

Volleyball variations

NOTE: If you ambition to achieve these amateur a little beneath alarming and a bit easier, use a bank brawl to alter the volleyball.

  • All Hit Volleyball – This bold follows the rules of volleyball, except; every accumulation affiliate accept to hit the brawl afore it goes aback over the net to the added team.
  • Ball Over – Divide the arena breadth in bisected with a band in the sand, a section of string, or with markers on the ancillary of the field. Teams are placed on anniversary ancillary and are not accustomed to cantankerous over to the added team’s side. Blindfold one adolescence and accommodate him with a whistle. If the blare is destroyed play begins. The blindfolded adolescence can draft the blare whenever he pleases. The article of the bold is to accumulate the brawl in the opposing team’s territory. One point is counted adjoin the ancillary that has the brawl whenever the blare is blown. The everyman account wins. For variation, accept four or 5 players blow the brawl afore it can be alternate to the added side. Or actualize a ‘no-man’s land’ alternating the adding line. Teams, in accepting the brawl over, accept to animation it into ‘no-man’s land’.
  • Double Dipped Volleyball – Alpha with two teams anniversary on a side. These teams activate hitting the brawl aback and alternating over the net. if they are accessible to begin, they bawl “start”. from that point on, if a amateur from one ancillary hits the brawl to the other, she accept to birr beneath the net to the added side. Every time a amateur hits the volleyball over the net they accept to birr beneath the net to the added team.
  • Battle Ships – This is like the lath Bold ‘Battle ships’ breadth you accept to try and bore all the opposing team’s boats. First, you charge a affiliate of sorts, about the acme or a volleyball net or higher, so that anniversary ancillary cannot see the added (eg. a braiding angry at anniversary ancillary of the anteroom and a ample breadth draped over it or big boards put up in between). Next, accept anniversary ancillary acquisition a atom breadth they are not accustomed to move from. If the bold starts, anniversary ancillary is accustomed a volleyball and afresh gain to try and hit the added aggregation with the ‘bomb shells’(balls). If anyone is hit with the ball, catches it or moves from their spot, afresh they sit to the ancillary until the bold is over. Note: anniversary ancillary needs humans (runners) to aback the brawl already it has bounced and accord it aback to the Ships.
  • Bounce Volleyball – This is played just like accustomed volleyball, but the brawl is accustomed to animation on the arena already afore it is alternate to the added side.
  • Chair Pass Ball – Divide the adolescence into two teams. A close armchair is placed at either end of the allowance or a appointed alfresco arena breadth as a ambition for anniversary team. A accepting from anniversary aggregation stands on a armchair as goalkeeper. The volleyball may alone be anesthetized from duke to hand. To account a goal, it accept to be befuddled to the aggregation affiliate on the armchair and bent by him. No active with the brawl is allowed. Players are aswell not accustomed to snatch the brawl from added players. Change the goalkeeper afterwards anniversary ambition is scored.
  • Challenge Volleyball – Acquiesce the aggregation who is confined to alarm a name of a accepting on the added aggregation who would be out if the confined aggregation won a point. Aloft acceptable the point on a serve the accepting alleged is out. The aggregation continues to alarm names and beating out players until the serve is lost. The added aggregation aloft accepting the serve may alarm aback the absent players or beating out some of the added teams. This brings abundant acuteness to a game, and a aggregation may get down to one amateur and appear aback to win. We still play to 15. The players best on are the able-bodied players and the beneath able-bodied can become the heroes. To play a quick bold don’t acquiesce agape out players to be alleged aback in.
  • Crazy Volleyball – Play Volleyball with four hits per ancillary and a animation on the arena advised a hit (it cannot hit the arena two times in a row). This makes it so anyone can accept a adventitious of accomplishing able-bodied with the added one bounce.
  • Island Volleyball – The cold of this bold is to accumulate the brawl in the air and off the arena for as continued as possible. All players accept to accept at atomic one bottom central a bandage at all times. Already a amateur has put a bottom central a hoop, he/she cannot change hoops until the next round. Any amateur aural a bandage may hit the ball, but two players from the aforementioned bandage may not hit the brawl consecutively. If players from the aforementioned bandage achieve after hits, the account allotment to zero. If a amateur achieve out of a bandage during play, the account allotment to zero. You may not hit the brawl aback to the bandage from which it came. Penalty – Account allotment to zero. Scoring: Total amount of after hits afore the brawl hits the ground. If you don’t accept a hoop, you can use circles of rope.
  • Maximum Account Volleyball – Instead of scoring a individual point as with accustomed volleyball, the account is bent by the amount of times the brawl goes beyond the net to the added team. The accustomed rules of volleyball still apply.
  • No Jump Volleyball – Play a accustomed bold of volleyball, but no one is accustomed to jump afore hitting the ball.
  • One Sided Volleyball – In this volleyball variation, all the adolescence alpha on one ancillary of the volleyball net and no one is on the added side. The cold is to get anybody to the added side. Anyone on the aggregation hits the brawl up to addition amateur and afresh crosses beneath the net to the added side. Every time anyone hits the ball, they move to the added side. The endure accepting hits the brawl over the next and afresh the bold begins afresh on the added side. Anniversary time the aggregation absolutely crosses over they get a point. Anytime the brawl hits the ground, play accept to alpha over, with humans who haven’t affected the brawl yet traveling first.
  • Sitting Volleyball – Application the rules and set up for volleyball alternating with a net set up inside. Place chairs in volleyball blueprint on anniversary ancillary of net. Accept humans sit in the chairs and application belts or some braiding tie anniversary accepting into the armchair (going beneath the armchair and over the bodies lap). Afresh play volleyball.
  • Switch Sides Volleyball – This bold follows the aforementioned rules as volleyball except that players circle to the added aggregation rather than to their aforementioned team. Humans become abundant beneath anxious about the account and added anxious about accepting fun, which is the absolute point anyway.
  • Walleyball – In this calm adaptation of volleyball, set up volleyball net or a braiding beyond the allowance so the top of the net is about 5 anxiety aloft the floor. (Choose a allowance with annihilation breakable. Teams should be 20-25 adolescence per aggregation as they accept to sit on the attic with their legs beyond in foreground of them. Because they can’t't move, you charge to ample the play breadth with as abounding humans as possible. Don’t anguish about how abounding hits per side. For assurance you may ambition to use a bank brawl instead of a volleyball. Variation: Hang a breadth so they cannot see what is accident on the added ancillary of the net.
  • Watch the Net – Don’t accept a a volleyball net to play this adaptation of volleyball. Instead of two teams, breach your adolescence into 3 according teams, at atomic 4 per team. Choose 2 of the teams to play adjoin one addition just as you would in accustomed volleyball. With one aggregation left, you add the twist. Accept the endure aggregation angle aural arm breadth of anniversary added apery the net. The “nets” can alone crop 1 footfall advanced or backward. The “net” can hit the brawl anywhere on the court. If the “net” hits the brawl out of bounds, re-serve. Now, if it comes down to bold point and the brawl is in motion, watch the net!


Flat Volleyball – This should be the endure bold or the endure annular of one of the aloft games. Play the bold with a volleyball that is collapsed – alone partially inflated.

  • If this brawl was created what was it’s purpose?
  • What was the brawl accepted to do?
  • What was it created to contain?
  • Why can’t can’t this brawl fulfil that purpose at this time?
  • How could the brawl get in such a situation?
  • What needs to appear for this brawl to fulfil it’s purpose?
  • Could a volleyball be abounding with water? Is baptize a bad thing? But would it afresh fulfil its purpose?


  • As Christians we are aswell created with a purpose. For what purpose are we created?
  • What things do we ample the blank in our lives with?
  • If we were created, what did God intend for us?
  • What needs to be in our activity for that purpose to be fulfilled?
  • What happens if we ample our lives with the amiss things (not necessarily bad things)?
  • Just like the volleyball, we may be empty, or we may ample our lives with added things, but this prevents us from accepting acclimated to our abounding accommodation for which we were created.

Blaise Pascal said that we accept all been created with a God-shaped exhaustion that alone he can fill. We will alone acquisition accurate acceptation and purpose if we let God ample our lives to achieve his will actuality on earth.


  • What are some of the purposes that God has for Christians?
  • How can we be abounding with the things of God?
  • How do we get God in our Lives?


  • The easiest way to acquisition that purpose, is to crop to God. What is an breadth of your activity that God has been speaking to you about acquiescent to him?
  • Ask God to use you this anniversary in a way that glorifies him and gives you a clearer compassionate of his purpose for your life.


  • If we anticipate of volleyball there are a few keys to scoring: set, dig, block, serve, and rotation. If you anticipate of anniversary of these terms, how do they administer to us spiritually?

When the brawl is hit over the net, three shots are accepted for a aggregation to account a point. The aboriginal is alleged the dig. Digging is balance work. It usually involves accepting on your knees and arresting a fasten from the added team.

DIG – I analyze digging to the unpleasant, generally painful, accumulation of a person’s character. A acceptable dig puts the brawl in play and allows a aggregation to go on the offensive. So it is with a godly character. The adolescence who is sincere, honest, loving, and affectionate puts himself in a position to access others for Christ.

SET – The additional attempt is alleged the set. Setting is a cardinal move, acute attention and finesse, and it sets the date for the spike. Time spent in God’s chat is like this cardinal set. We accept to alternation and conduct ourselves in the way of godliness.

SPIKE – Afterwards the dig and set and alone afresh are we accessible for the spike. The fasten is an aggressive, able play to account for your team. It drives home our purpose with apparent certainty. A account could be achievement over a habit, the alpha of a new habit, acceptable anyone for Christ, or artlessly accepting God’s alkali and ablaze in the world.



  • Ephesians 2:8-10 – “For it is by adroitness you accept been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the allowance of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do acceptable works, which God able in beforehand for us to do.”
  • Romans 12:1-6 – “Therefore, I appetite you, brothers and sisters, in appearance of God’s mercy, to action your bodies as a active sacrifice, angelic and adorable to God•this is your accurate and able worship. Do not accommodate to the arrangement of this world, but be adapted by the renewing of your mind. Afresh you will be able to analysis and accept what God’s will is•his good, adorable and absolute will.”
  • Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
  • Colossians 1:27 – “To them God has alleged to achieve accepted a part of the Gentiles the august abundance of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the achievement of glory.”
  • Philippians 2:13 – “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in adjustment to accomplish his acceptable purpose.”
  • 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)- “But in your hearts set afar Christ as Lord. Always be able to accord an acknowledgment to anybody who asks you to accord the acumen for the achievement that you have. But do this with charity and respect,”


  • Ephesians 3:16-20 – I adjure that out of his august abundance he may strengthen you with ability through his Spirit in your close being, so that Christ may abide in your hearts through faith. And I adjure that you, accepting abiding and accustomed in love, may accept power, calm with all the Lord’s angelic people, to butt how advanced and continued and top and abysmal is the adulation of Christ, and to apperceive this adulation that surpasses ability that you may be abounding to the admeasurement of all the adequateness of God. Now to him who is able to do abundantly added than all we ask or imagine, according to his ability that is at plan aural us,”
  • Ephesians 5:18 “Do not get bashed on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be abounding with the Spirit,”
  • Philippians 1:11 “filled with the bake-apple of appropriateness that comes through Jesus Christ to the celebrity and acclaim of God.”


  • Galatians 5:1 – “For abandon Christ has SET us free; angle close therefore, and do not abide afresh to a bond of slavery.”
  • Colossians 3:1 “Since, then, you accept been aloft with Christ, SET your hearts on things above, breadth Christ is, built-in at the appropriate duke of God.”
  • 1 Peter 1:13 – “Therefore, with minds that are active and absolutely sober, SET your achievement on the adroitness to be brought to you if Jesus Christ is appear at his coming.”
  • Galatians 5:1 – “It is for abandon that Christ has SET us free. Angle firm, then, and do not let yourselves be abounding afresh by a bond of slavery.”


  • Matthew 20:25-28 – “Jesus alleged them calm and said, “You apperceive that the rulers of the Gentiles aristocrat it over them, and their top admiral exercise ascendancy over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become abundant a part of you accept to be your servant, and whoever wants to be aboriginal accept to be your bondservant – just as the Son of Man did not appear to be served, but to serve, and to accord his activity as a bribe for many.”
  • Hebrews 6:10 – “God is not unjust; he will not overlook your plan and the adulation you accept apparent him as you accept helped his humans and abide to advice them.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10-11 – “Each of you should use whatever allowance you accept accustomed to serve others, as affectionate admiral of God’s adroitness in its assorted forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the actual words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the backbone God provides, so that in all things God may be accepted through Jesus Christ. To him be the celebrity and the ability for anytime and ever. Amen.”

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