Volleyball - Sports for Children
Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms, or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. Each team is allowed three hits to get the ball over the net to the other team. A point is scored if the ball hits the ground in the opponents' court, if the opponents commit a fault, or if the opponents fail to return the ball properly.
Children Can Start At 5 Years Old
Children may start to learn volleyball as early as Key Stage 1 (age 5). At this stage children are introduced to Volley Sport which is closely linked to the FUNdamentals of movement.
All You Need is a Ball
The very minimum equipment for your child to start volleyball is a lightweight and 'soft touch' ball; Additionally a net or other kind of barrier between players/teams would be ideal. Volley sport is played as 1 v 1.
There are no specialist markets for second hand equipment but some items may be found on e-bay.
Try Some Volley Sport Card Packs
To introduce your child to volley ball the Volley Sport card packs are available for purchase online at www.volleyballengland.org
Volleyball Team Coaching
As volleyball is a team sport it is highly unlikely that individual lessons could be paid for. Volleyball England runs an accreditation scheme called Volley 123, where volley 1 equates to Sport England Clubmark and is the mark of a high quality, child friendly club. Clubs must achieve Volley 1 before they can embark on Volley 2 and so forth. With each award there is an increase in expectation. So by the time the club has reached Volley 3 it is a fully-fledged, self-sustaining club that is a major part of its local community.
1 -2 Hours Practice Per Week
If your child wishes to become proficient at Volleyball at the initial stages of learning 1-2 hours practice per week will normally allow for a steady progression. A Long Term Player Development model suggests it would take 1000 hours in an annual period for a young person to reach higher levels of competence that could lead to becoming a potential international athlete.
Volley Leaders and Junior Referees are awards that young people can train towards.
Volleyball is Good For Making Friends
Volleyball is a very enjoyable sport for anyone due its team structure which is fantastic for promoting social interaction, and as Volleyball is a non-contact sport it is easy for parents to play and learn alongside their children. As with any sport, to reach the higher levels of attainment a great deal of dedication and specialist support is needed, the first step on the ladder to achieving this would be to encourage your child to attend a club that has Volley 123 accreditation with Volleyball England.
This article was written using information provided by Volleyball England. Volleyball England is the branded image for the English Volleyball Association (EVA). Volleyball England is the recognised National Governing Body for Volleyball in all its forms, including Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Sitting Volleyball in England. This is the Official Site for Volleyball in England and carries information regarding all Volleyball Events and News from around the Country.
Volleyball England can be contacted online at www.volleyballengland.org or telephone 01509 631 699.