If you’re working with youngsters, or maybe are thinking about developing programs to get them playing volleyball, there are a couple of concepts out there you might want to have a look at. They are similar to what I saw in Sweden when I coached there, but definitely not the same.

The first is Smashball. I first heard about it from a European perspective. Ontario Volleyball, though, have a good explainer video about how they implement it. My criticism is that they are using demonstrators who obviously have some volleyball experience rather than the target demographic. At points it makes it look potentially a little dangerous!

An Argentine coach shared with me something they have going there called Monster Block that’s a mix of Newcomb and Smashball concepts. The video below provides some demonstration, though you have to wade through examples of high level play to get there. There’s some documentation here, though it’s in Italian.

It strikes me that both these sorts of programs could be good for P.E. classes.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Radford University, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His previous experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US, university and club teams in the UK, professional coaching in Sweden, and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. Learn more on his bio page.

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