The LEVA program (Loudoun Elite Volleyball Academy) was designed with base in the FIVB Cool Volley program. It introduces the basics of volleyball in a fun atmosphere, where kids get a lot of touches in an adapted environment, with focus on playing the game and having fun. LEVA will start the volleyball athlete development, first by making the child to fall in love with the sport at the same time it brings discipline, effort and team work, fundamental aspects of the elite level athlete. Take a look at more details about the LEVA program:
The overhead pass (set), while being the technical gesture that characterizes volleyball, will be the one fundamental to be revisited every practice at the beginner I stage. The service, reception, setting, attack and defense are all allowed, but we encourage the use of the overhead pass for those actions at this stage.
1. Develop movement: movement around the court is developed in a natural way since the athlete has to contact the ball without letting it drop. For such reason one can vary the dimensions of the playing area depending on the type of movement that we want to develop.
2. Developing accuracy and the concept of space-time: accuracy is increased by the possibility of the ball being sustained in the air for longer, increasing the accuracy. Playing the ball in overhead pass means the athlete has no choice but to move under the ball (beginner I). This way athletes need to work out the angle of the shot, thus improving accuracy at the same time they will start to calculate where and when the ball will be based on its trajectory. After experience the movement that is necessary to play volleyball, the transition to the other fundamentals/techniques will be much easier.
1. Playing volleyball through practice: approach the game in a fun way to promote the educational role of the game, including the achievement of success and satisfaction. Coaches will not spend a lot of time with skill development, once the goal is to learn by playing. Athletes will be coached on the basics of the fundamentals only, in order to avoid massive mistakes.
2. Controlling the ball with an overhead pass: the ‘fingers touch’ has unique technical arguments that enhance earning the fundamentals of the game and is the technique that makes contact with the ball easier.
3. Promote movement around the court: it is important to encourage athletes to move quickly towards the ball when they make their contact as that will motivate their active participation in keeping the ball flying. Movement is the key approach in teaching at LEVA.
4. Improving accuracy: Accuracy will be improved as athletes will have to determine how long the ball will be in the air.
5. Enhanced the ability to observe the opposite court: since the goal of volleyball is hitting the ball into opponent’s playing area, it becomes a requirement for the athlete to develop peripheral vision.