In this game, each player has to call out 1, 2, or 3 as they return the ball to their partner. The player receiving the ball must treat this as an instruction for the amount of touches to use, before giving their a numerical command of their own when they return the ball.
A player loses the rally when they either make a technical error (a bad touch that leads them to drop the ball, or a volley that is inaccurate or difficult to control for their partner) or a cognitive error (they use the wrong amount of touches, or they fail to give a 1, 2, or 3 touch instruction when returning the ball to their partner).
If this game is too difficult, allow a maximum of one bounce on the ground each time you get the ball.
If this game is too easy, you can:
- Increase the physical distance between you and your partner
- Play with your weak foot only
- Play in a group of 3 or more
- Play with a Size 1 mini-ball or a tennis ball
- Play with bare feet
- Allow volleys that are more difficult to control – e.g. more power, spin, flatter balls, and/or balls hit higher in the air