Monthly Archives: July 2012

Preparing Your Child for a Volleyball Team

So how does a child get started – and prepare for playing on teams as she grows up?  The YMCA programs are a great place to start.  As young as age 8, girls can take part in twice a week programs in the Spring and Fall to learn basic skills and the rules of the game.  The environment is fun, educational and may inspire your child to want to play the sport beyond just recreationally (as it did mine).

YMCA skills programs go from ages 8 to 15, with children placed in three different groups based on age and ability.  As your child progresses, they will receive more “playing time” in scrimmages among program participants.  This brings us to the next question:  what if my child wants to play volleyball competitively on an actual team?

After developing skills through the YMCA programs, your child may want to go on to try out for her middle school volleyball team or a club team.  Most public middle schools allow girls to begin playing the sport in 7th grade; private schools typically start at younger grades.  Girls as young as 10 or 11 can try out for club teams that play in the winter months in Saturday tournaments around the state.  Check out our club page for more details.

So learn the sport and get a great foundation through the Y programs.  The additional ball “touches” and serving opportunities they’ll get will benefit them in the off-season – and help them prep for team tryouts.

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Greensboro SportsPlex Sunday Clinics

This is good for all ages and skill levels.  You can be a beginner or in elementary school and still come.  They will run 3-5 courts and divide players by skill age accordingly.

In preparation for the school volleyball seasons—high and middle—the Greensboro Sportsplex will begin its Sunday Volleyball Clinic series this coming Sunday, August 5, 2012.  Clinics will be held from 3 – 5 PM at the Greensboro Sportsplex.

Each clinic focuses on one or two foundation skills along with component and game training.  These clinics provide an excellent opportunity to sharpen skills away from the school-team setting in a fun, learning environment.

There are three sessions offered at the Greensboro Sportsplex this late-summer/fall season:

Session #1 – August 5, 12, 19, 26

Session #2 – September 9, 16, 23, 30

Session #3 – October 7, 14, 21, 28

The cost for each session is $80 for all 4 dates and $25 for walk-ups per-date.

A note from Trevor Hewitt, Volleyball Director:  I hope to see many of you out at the Greensboro Sportsplex working hard to improve your game!  Enjoy the rest of your summer, and best of luck at your school tryouts!

Greensboro Sportsplex

Phone:  336-373-3279; Fax:  336-373-4120

2400 16th Street, Greensboro, NC  27405

 

Why Choose Volleyball

Volleyball is a little different than most sports available to girls today.  There aren’t leagues that start at age 3 as with soccer.  Most girls don’t even get exposed to volleyball until the latter years of elementary school.  But that’s also what makes this a GREAT sport to get involved in – whether your child has tried another sport first or is just starting in athletics.  Reasons to try volleyball include:

  • Parents and children are looking for a fun, team sport to begin where it isn’t already super-competitive by age 10
  • A parent played volleyball in high school, college or rec leagues – and wants to pass their love of the sport on to their child
  • A child has height, athleticism or both

In volleyball, “team” is emphasized, with players giving each other positive feedback after each play – regardless if point is won or lost.  At the same time, girls develop individual skills that over time enable them to be a specific contributor to the team (setter, outside hitter, libero, etc.).  Players make connections to their teammates that create friendships that last a lifetime.  Success in this sport, as with others, also helps build confidence and self-esteem in young girls.

Volleyball is a fast growing sport for girls in the U.S., with options to play from late elementary through college.  Colleges have had indoor volleyball teams for years and are now adding outdoor teams as a an official collegiate sport.  Once your child gets involved in the sport, they have many options for playing…from school teams to clubs to even outdoor beach volleyball.

So consider volleyball!   It’s fun, exciting and may be just the sport your daughter’s been looking for!

Winston Area Volleyball Exchange (WAVE) Launches

Welcome to WAVE – Winston Area Volleyball Exchange!  We are a blog site dedicated to serving as a resource for volleyball families in the geographic area around Winston-Salem.  Our goal is to provide information about all things volleyball happening near us – from sporting events, to camps, to training programs and news.

Since this is an exchange, we want readers to contribute to the information we post.  So please let us know if you have news or photos to share, camp or clinic information to post or even want to write a volleyball topic article.  We’d love your contributions!

To grow the WAVE community, please share our URL with others involved in volleyball or thinking about getting involved.  We welcome your comments as well – so let us know how we’re doing!

Thanks!  Rob Maltzahn and Angela Levine (site admin)