Mini-volleyball is ideal for kids under 12 years. In the first part of our mini-volleyball guide we present 3 simple volleyball exercise right for them.
While formulating training plans coaches must bear in mind that they have to conform to a particular age group. Children below 12 represent a special one. Still full of energy and enthusiasm they need constant rivalry and new challenges, allowing for their skills. The essential thing is to base the plan on the one type of exercise and adding varieties to it gradually, so that they could pick up particular abilities easily and not get bored of it at the same time. APS presents some useful exercises designed for the youngest volleyball players which will help them to make the first steps on the path to become professional sportsmen.
1. Who will throw the ball faster?
Two teams including the equal number of players are placed on the volleyball court opposite to each other. Everyone has a ball. At a signal from coach children starts throwing balls over the net into the side of their opponents. Letting the ball fall to the ground as well as its contact with a wall are not permitted. Teams try to get rid of balls as the winner is that who has the fewest of them on its side after the ending signal (1 point). Game is played until one team scores 3 points.
Remarks: The way of throwing the ball over as well as a kind of position that player puts at the ending signal should be determined. It’s better if the coach uses various sorts of throws.
2. Who will pass the ball faster?
In this exercise players split up into two groups throw the ball over the net into the opposite side but before that action team members having its own ball have to pass it two times between themselves. If the ball falls to the ground or ends up out of court lines particular team loses the rally. Also having two balls by on group will be found as an error and in this case points are not granted. The goal is to score 10 points.
Remarks: The way of passing and throwing the ball should be determined.
3. Who won’t make an error?
Following drill also consists in throwing the ball by players divided into two teams. At a signal from the coach first players from both teams pass the ball over the net to their opponents and after that place themselves at the ends of rows made by their teammates at the same side of court (see picture below). The point is to keep the ball in the game (means not to let it fall) without holding it too long or changing the way of passing. Gaining 5 points by one team pauses the game.
Remarks: Players can be told to do extra exercises while moving towards the row.
source: Akademia Polskiej Siatkówki