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Bounce Pass


Physical: accurately catch an unpredictable ball, upper limb coordination, hand-eye coordination, reaction time

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Number of participants:

1 or more


1 medium-sized ball


  1. child catches a ball that the coach or partner bounces to them (one bounce pass)
  2. child bounce passes the ball to partner
  3. child can practice catching by allowing the ball to bounce once only after throwing it against the wall

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child roll the ball back to their partner/to the wall to decrease physical demand

Change the task: use a larger, lighter ball to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have the child throw the ball directly to their partner’s hands and catch the ball before it bounces to increase physical demand

Change the task: use a smaller ball to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • I will show readiness to receive the ball (e.g., hands ready, eyes on the ball) for 9 out of 10 turns
  • I can catch the ball

This video shows several catching activities. Go to 1:40 for bounce catch.