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 Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching 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. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

    1 Response to "Introducing volleyball to youngsters"

    • Joy Goodman

      I happened to come across your newsletters and posts and l truly appreciate them. Thank you!
      I would love for you to share insight on training Liberos/DSs. I coach at the highschool JV level.

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