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A new program, for new athletes! Learn the basics of volleyball! Grow the game! Have fun!

 

GIRLS AGES 8-11

STAGE II: March 25 - MAY 1

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 - 7 pm
Location: The Pavilion at Beantree - 43635 Greenway Corporate Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147
Price: $170
First practice: March 25, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Attendance: Maximum 20 players

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:

Educational Goals: Enjoy sport/fall in love with the sport, building new relationships and present the basics of the game.
Main Goals: Introduce volleyball to girls (athletes) aged 8-11, offer an opportunity for kids (athletes) to experience volleyball, create interest and passion.
Emerging Club Goals: Capture and guide young athletes to club volleyball.
Target Audience: Girls (athletes) age 8 – 11, maximum 20 athletes.
Level: Beginners.
Program Duration: 6 weeks per stage (18 weeks total), 1 hour/practice, 2 practices/week.
Stages: Beginner I, Beginner II and Beginner III.

Stage I - Beginner I

FOCUS: Overhead pass
2x2 players in a 3 m x 3 m court
and then
3x3 players in a 4 m x 4 m court
 
Net height: 2.05 m
 
Ball: Volley Lite Circumference: 25.6 - 26.4 in/65.02 - 67.06 cm; Weight: 7.0 - 7.7 oz/198.45 - 218.29 g
 

Stage II - Beginner II

FOCUS: Under hand serve, under hand pass and overhead pass
2x2 players in a 4 m x 4 m court
and then
3x3 players in a 4 m x 4 m court
 
Net height: 2.10 m
 
Ball: Volley Lite Circumference: 25.6 - 26.4 in/65.02 - 67.06 cm; Weight: 7.0 - 7.7 oz/198.45 - 218.29 g

Stage III - Beginner III

FOCUS: Under hand serve, under hand pass, overhead pass, attack and block
3x3 players in a 4 m x 4 m court
and then
4x4 players in a 4.5 m x 4.5 m court
 
Net height: 2.15 m
 
Ball: Volley Lite Circumference: 25.6 - 26.4 in/65.02 - 67.06 cm; Weight: 7.0 - 7.7 oz/198.45 - 218.29 g

STAGE II: March 25 - MAY 1

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: The Pavilion at Beantree - 43635 Greenway Corporate Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147
Price: $170
First practice: March 25, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Attendance: Maximum 20 players

STAGE I: January 23 - March 20

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 - 7 pm (NO PRACTICE ON JAN 21 AND FEB 18)
Location: The Pavilion at Beantree - 43635 Greenway Corporate Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147
Price: $170
First practice: January 14, 2019 - 6 pm
Attendance: Maximum 20 players

WHY FOCUSING ON THE OVERHEAD PASS (SET) FOR STAGE I?

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.

PROPOSED APPROACH

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.

TECHNICAL GOALS

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.

RULES OF THE GAME

1. Each team has 2, 3 or 4 players, depending on the stage;
 
2. Players take turns to serve (and rotate when playing 3x3 and 4x4);
 
3.The service zone is behind the end line (3 m, 4 m or 4.5 m)
 
4. The games are the best of 3 sets made up to 25 points with a maximum duration of 10 minutes per set. You need a 2 point advantage to finish each set. If this does not happen at the end of 10 min., the set continues until one team reaches the referred advantage.
 
5.The scoring system is always continuous: each rally will result in a point for one of the teams.
 
6. The overhead pass should be viewed with tolerance. It is not permitted for the same player to contact the ball several times or with various body parts (2 contacts).
 
7. The center line will not be considered for a foot fault, unless there is an interference with the play on the opposite court.
 
8. Net violations will be called when the rally is on.
 
9. Every athlete has a role during practices: either they are playing or they will be referees, line judges, score keepers (score sheet) and score flippers.