Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad is a fun and enjoyable volley drill for kids. The boys and girls should line up in the correct position at the net (closer than normal as they are younger). The correct volley, hammer grip should be taught when possible.

  1. Each child picks a fruit and lines up behind a cone at the net
  2. The coach calls out the fruit and throws them a volley (by hand). This should be done randomly and not in order, that way the kids stay concentrating when it’s not their turn
  3. At random intervals the coach calls out ‘fruit salad’ at which the kids drop their racket and runs to the back fence, touches it, and runs back to their cone.
  4. The last child back is out. And the game continues

Fruit Salad Kids Volley Game

The games should be short so that those who are out aren’t waiting for long. This can be changed around so that the boy or girl who is out is only out for one round and then comes back in, and swaps with the person who just lost.

An even better option is not to have any negative result coming from the last person back, but rather a reward for the first person back in position behind their cone. Or a reward for a child that tries their best (that way everyone can be encouraged and rewarded).

  1. January 30, 2016

    What are good examples of rewards for the fastest player?
    Love the exercises on this website!

    • February 1, 2016

      Thanks Oscar, a simple example is using a point scoring system, where the more points they get throughout a lesson or term, gives them a greater chance of winning a prize at the end of class or end of term (such as a grip, dampner, racquet etc.) We call these ‘bonus-points’ and hand them out pretty liberally during classes 🙂 Hope that helps!

      ~ Caleb

      • February 6, 2016

        Awesome! Thanks 🙂

  2. February 9, 2017

    When I play this game, I also add in “fruit loop” and “fruit shake”. For fruit loop, the children lay their racquets down and run around the perimeter of the court (one the coaches side) as the coach throws balls (gently) at them. If the child is hit, they are frozen and another child must touch them. When they get back to the net, immediately begin calling fruit names so they get back on task. Do not use yellow balls, instead use foam, red, or orange. I have done this for over 6 years without a single injury or hurt feeling. If a child chooses to not run, that is fine. Although I only had one child make that choice.

    For “fruit shake”, the children lay their racquet down and shake their bodies.

    • April 20, 2017

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for sharing that idea, sounds like a great drill! 🙂

      Thanks again, Caleb

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