Spikezone Learn to Play is finally here!! But what is it?
As the name suggests, Spikezone ‘Learn to Play’ programs are a series of entry-level skill and game-related coaching sessions for Volleyball or Beach Volleyball.
We use a smaller sized court, a lower net and a softer/lighter ball with less players on court so everyone touches the ball more often. Depending on the age and level of experience, slight rule changes can be used to ensure the rallies are longer and a lot more fun.
At SCVA, we have taken the national program a step further and introducing a 3-level program to allow players ample development to progress into the junior program. As players progress, they will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion of each level.
The courses are designed especially for primary and early secondary school students aged between 8 and 13 years and are conducted by accredited Volleyball Australia coaches (including WWC) over a 6-8 week period.
What are the differences with Spikezone Learn to Play and Spikezone Play?
A full Spikezone Program involves introductory game orientated ‘Learn to Play’ courses followed by competitive ‘Play’ opportunities by way of a weekly league format towards the end of the terms. Following a ‘Learn to Play’ course, players will be equipped to move to the next level and test themselves with their teammates in more competitive games.
What will you learn?
All of the basic skills of Volleyball will be covered, in a fun game-orientated way. The main learning outcome for the ‘Learn to Play’ courses is for kids to have an understanding of how to play Spikezone Volleyball, what skills to use and how to work together in teams. In early stages, players may be allowed to catch and tossing the ball to get familiar with the mechanics and fundamentals. More experienced players are always welcome to play without the catch option so that they can continue to work on their skills at the same time.
The main skills of Volleyball include:
What is the schedule?
We will commence Term 2, Thursday 6th of May at the new Wurdi Baierr Stadium in Torquay (next to Surf Coast Secondary College). The standard ‘Learn to Play’ course runs for between 6-8 weeks and involves a 45-minute session per week. Players are provided instruction and time to warm up and cool down.
How often are courses run?
Courses generally run each school term to match with the requirements of participating schools. However, as mentioned above, depending on timeframes this can be more or less often such as our initial start date a couple of weeks into the Term 2 period.
Do I need to sign up for a team?
Signing up a team of 4 or more is encouraged and playing with mates can add to the excitement but isn't required. Players signing up individually may get matched together to form teams.
How do I sign my child up?
Step 1 - register with Volleyball Victoria who is our state governing body. The registration fee is $18 and covers state membership and insurance for the term. During the registration process please ensure to type Surf Coast Volleyball Association into the "Other Association" text box.
Volleyball Victoria Registration
Step 2 - following registration, please make a payment of $42 via bank transfer using the details below or go to our online shop and select the Spikezone Fees product:
Surf Coast Volleyball Assoc Inc
Bank Account Details: BSB 633000 Account 169889177 (Bendigo Bank)
Please include your child's name in the description