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SPIKEBALL is an initiative developed by the Volleyball Association of Ireland to aid School Teachers in introducing Junior Volleyball to their students. Volleyball has traditionally been viewed as a difficult sport to introduce to young children, but it doesn't have to be. SPIKEBALL is an adapted 4-player v 4-player volleyball game that was introduced to Ireland in the last 3 years and has seen participation levels increase by over 300%.
With the simple modifications that SPIKEBALL Volleyball offers, teachers can easily provide their children with a fun and rewarding Volleyball experience. It is aimed specifically at children of Primary School age and those at 1st/2nd Year in Post-Primary School. The objective of these adaptations is to encourage learning, promote physical activity, and increase the fun for the participants.
The Workshops aim to give teachers, leaders and volunteers the techniques, teaching methods and confidence to introduce this game to their pupils irrespective of any previous experience in the sport. It has proven to be an outstanding success in bringing fun and enjoyment to the children who have been introduced to it.
There is a 15-minute video during the Workshop, which takes teachers, leaders and volunteers through the rules and offers coaching tips and techniques in a clear and simple way. The new SPIKEBALL Coaching Handbook is available which contains all the skills undertaken in the seminar along with planned coaching sessions and drills to introduce the game as well as information regarding the training of pupils in the refereeing and administration of the game, taking the workload away from the teacher, leader and volunteer.
It is envisaged that schools and organisations will arrange Blitzes on a local basis once the game is up and running.
SPIKEBALL School Development Programme
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