Level 1 – Throwing, catching, moving

Level 1 – Throwing, catching, moving
• Age                                6-7 years
• Court                             6 x 4,5 meters (1/3 volleyballcourt)
• Netheight                     2.00 meter
• Resume game with    Throw from any point in the court.
• Catch                             You can catch any way you want.
• Throw                            You can throw any way you want.
• Return in play              Player can return into the court when ball is caught.
• Contacts                       If distance to the net is too big, you can pass the ball first.
• Rotate                           After the ball is thrown over the net, all players rotate clockwise.
• Technique                     Ball handling, not specific
• Points                            When opponents court is emptied.
• Moving                          Moving, not specific

How can I start the game?
You may troth the ball over the net, from any position.

Game Composition:
• Try to get the ball on the floor at the opposite site.
• When a child of you team has troth the ball over the net, the whole team keep turn one position.
• When a child drop the ball, troth the ball out or troth the ball into the net, he must leave the court. Those children take position beside the court in the sequence of leaving the court.
• When the ball hit the court, the child who is the closed to the ball must leave the court.
• When there are just two children left, they are still rotate or better, they change position when one of them troths the ball over the net.
• When one of the teams succeeds to play the opposite court empty, they’ve got 1 point. The whole game is starting all over again.
• On this level there is no rule that says children must play together, or must play three times. When the distance is too big; you must stimulate them to play together. They may troth over for one time. It’s not allowed to walk with the ball.
• When the children are not sure which child must leave the court, it’s on the coach to decide.
• When you play this game you see a very dynamic game. Children learn to move, to catch and to troth, to call the ball ‘mine’ and to read the ball-trajectory in a very dynamic way. Nowadays volleyball is a very dynamic sport, so children must learn the sport on a very dynamic way.

Is it allowed to come back in court?
• Yes! When one of the children of your own team catch a ball witch comes from the opposite team, the first player in line may come back.

When is the game over?
• The game is ‘over’ when none of the children can catch the ball, so the ball is out, they dropped the ball, they touched the ball and then the dropped the ball; they troth the ball into the net.

What’s happening when the game is over?
• After the game is over, the game can be started with a throw, all at once from any place in the court. The one who has the ball may troth the ball.

The counting:
•When the opposite court is empty, you have 1 point.

• You can get a lot of speed in the game when you ask the children to troth immediately after they catch the ball. You must stimulate them to throw the ball with a special way.

What’s ‘the special way’?
• They must troth the ball with two stretched arms (this is the basis movement for the forearm pass)
• They must push the ball from just above the head, over the net (this is the basis movement for the overhand pass)
• They may also throw the ball with one hand above the head (this is the basis movement for the spike)
• The special way of throwing the ball can be combining with different games and plays. In Holland we know a game calls ‘Lummelen’, in English you may call it ‘hang about’. Four or five players make a circle. Player number 6 stands in the middle of the circle. Those four or five players throw the ball to each other. It doesn’t matter in what sequence. The one in the middle must try to intercept the ball. When player number 6 has catch the ball, the one that throw that ball must now take place in the middle of the circle and the former number 6 can take position in the circle. In this game it is not allowed to hit the ball out of each other’s hands.
• Now you can give different orders. You can say that they must throw the ball underhand, it then look like an underhand pass. You can also say the players in circle must throw the ball overhand.
• With a bit of imagination you can think of devise a lot of other games and plays within you can use those ‘special ways of throwing the ball’.


  •  The basic of every ball game is to catch, to troth en to move. The increases of the mobility have a lot to do with the development of the co-ordination capacity. Between 6 and 12 years old children do have a special sense for the development of this capacity. This contents the capacity to relax the muscles, power of reaction, and the power of perception and imagination. It’s important in this phase to teach a lot of versatile and varied exercises (forms of exercises). The children must learn that there are different way’s to catch and troth the ball. It’s in this phase also important that children learn to recognize the trajectory of the ball. At last: don’t forget the footwork. The position of the two feet’s on the ground decides if the technique is good or bad. Is the movement wrong, than the technique will be wrong.

What’s to learn in this phase?
• Learn movement versality.
• Learn to throw the ball with two stretched arms (this is the basis movement for the forearm pass)
• Learn to push the ball from just above the head, over the net (this is the basis movement for the overhand pass)
• Learn to throw the ball with one hand above the head (this is the basis movement for the spike)

Why should we play rotation volleyball? Adri Noij put the benefits in line:
• Rotation volleyball is more developed out of the world of thoughts and believing of the younger child.
• When you see the game you see movement and dynamic.
• The game gives the children a lot of challenge.
• With rotation volleyball we can teach the children the basics of movement in a way they enjoy it the most.
• We can stimulate the capacity to play and look to other things at the same time and we learn them to read the ball-trajectory in a very early stadium.
• We can learn the children the basics of volleyball in way children enjoy mostly.
• The basic level for mini-volleyball is higher when children started with rotation volleyball.
• Rotation volleyball is even a game you can start with on school, with very young children.
• When we start with rotation volleyball, in training and in competition we can compete with other sports with know already a competition form for those young children.
• Every child can play rotation volleyball. The child with a lot of talent can, but also child with don’t have much talent can play rotation volleyball. Every child will be enjoying rotation volleyball; every body can take part of it.
• Boys and girls can play together in rotation volleyball. There is no rule or claim with say they can’t play together. Even …. They can learn from each other.