Development Programs (5-12 yrs.)
MINI-VOLLEY – 5-8yrs.
The Mini-Volley program is ideal for students Grades 1-3 but may include Kindergarten. It is also easily adapted for children with special needs.
An approach to initiating children to the game of volleyball.
A modified version of the traditional game of volleyball (1 on 1; 2 on 2; 3 on 3)
An approach that aims to introduce the game in a fun and interesting way, making it an easy game for teachers/instructors to use.
An approach that uses play experience to help children learn the basic game tactics, technical skills, and rules.
Key Components are:
Lighter and softer balls.
Three stages – Initiation, Development, and Proficiency enhance success of all participants.
ATOMIC VOLLEYBALL – 9-12yrs.
The Atomic Volleyball program is ideal for students Grades 4-6 but can easily be utilized at the Grade 7-8 levels.
It is a grassroots program, designed for 1-1.5 hour sessions once a week for 8-10 weeks. Each week young athletes are taught basic fundamental skills followed by a 4-on-4 game on lowered nets. Atomic Volleyball stresses FUN, FAIRPLAY, and PARTICIPATION by increasing the number of ball contacts per player, creating longer and more successful rallies, and by developing proper skill delivery.
Atomic Volleyball is an approach by which athletes:
Learn the basic skills of volleyball.
Practice the skills through modified game play.
Use a 4 on 4 format to learn game play.
Equipment is especially designed for youth and the requirements of growing bodies. The game is played using lighter and softer balls on a badminton court, with the net at badminton height (max. 2 meters), and 4 players per side. This gives the athletes maximum opportunity to play the ball and have success.
The Atomic program provides a background for athletes to continue to play in other Elementary, Intramural, and High School programs.
What is it?
A combination of Atomic Volleyball and Smashbal
Atomic Volleyball is a training program in which athletes:
- learn the basic skills of volleyball
- practice the skills through modified game play
- a volleyball game-play variation that emphasizes attacking (hitting/spiking).
- ideally suit for use as the game play component for an Atomic Volleyball training program . . . thus Atomic Smashbal
How is Smashbal played?
- off of an ATTACK - the receiving team can catch the ball directly, OR after the ball bounces once, and still continue the rally.
- off of a SERVED or TOSSED ball - the receiving team is expected to catch/play the ball directly (no bounce).
NOTE: introductory progressions use a CATCH & TOSS method for ball movement ('passing') between players.
as the players' skills improve they are encouraged to progress (transition) to the use of volleyball skills for all contacts ('passes’) during game play.