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.
- Each child picks a fruit and lines up behind a cone at the net
- 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
- 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.
- The last child back is out. And the game continues
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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).