5 Volleyball Variations to Play in Your Backyard


Sepak Takraw

Sepak takraw is a volleyball-like game in which only players' legs, heads and torsos can be used to hit a ball over the net. Sepak takraw is a mash-up of the Malay term for "kick" and the Thai word for the rattan ball used during play, "takraw." It's one of the earliest recorded games that still has a modern following, dating back to the 11th century in Philippines, Indonesia and Laos.

While sepak takraw is wildly popular throughout Asia (and extremely competitive), it can easily be adapted to backyard play. Three players on each side of the net face off. After one player kicks the ball over the net, the opposing team can hit the ball up to three times before it has to be returned over the net. If you don't have a traditional rattan ball, you could easily use a volleyball instead. In addition, the game can be adapted to more or fewer players [source: International Sepaktakraw Federation].