Level 2 – Underhand serve

Level 2 – Underhand serve
Age                     7-8 years
Court                  6 x 4,5 meters (1/3 volleyballcourt)
Netheight          2.00 meter
Resume             game with Underhand serve where the ball was caught. No walking with the ball!
Catch Goal:       volleybal-own method
Throw Goal:      volleybal-own method
Return in play  Player can return into the court when ball is caught three times in a row.
Contacts            Ball is thrown immediately. No pass.
Rotate                After the ball is thrown over the net, all players rotate clockwise.
Technique         Underhand serve
Points                When opponents court is emptied.
Moving               Volleyball specific

How can I start the game?
One player may serve the ball with an underhand serve, from every position in the court. It’s not allowed that the ball hit the net when the ball is served.

Game composition:

  • When the children are not sure which child must leave the court, it’s on the coach to decide.
  • The ball must troth over the net in one time, so it’s not allowed to troth over to a player of your team
  • 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.
  • When there are just two children left, the are still rotate or better, they change position when one of them troths the ball over the net.
  • When the ball hit the court, the child who is the closed to the ball must leave the court.
  • 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 a child of you team has troth the ball over the net, the whole team keep turn one position.
  • Try to get the ball on the floor at the opposite site.
  • Is it allowed to come back in court?
    Yes again. When your team succeed to catch a ball witch come over the net, two times after another (two different action), the first player in line may come back. When a player of your team succeed to play the ball, witch came from the opposite site, witch a forearm pass and the same player catch ‘his own’ the ball, everybody may come back.

When is the game over?
The game is over when no one can catch the ball. So when the ball is out, or they have served the ball in to the net or they dropped the ball. The game is also over when the child who passed the ball could not catch his own ball. The one who could catch the ball leave the court. When some one play the ball badly, par example passed the ball en then the ball goes out, this player must also leave the game.

What is happened when the game is over?
When the game is ‘over’ they can started the game again with an underhand serve from any position in the court. The one who has the ball can serve the ball.
It’s again not allowed to walk with the ball

The counting:
When the court is empty, the team in the other court has 1point.

Recommendation:
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)

Learning the underhand serve:

  • When you are left handed, you’re right foot is ahead.
  • When you are right handed, you’re left foot is ahead.
  • You hit he ball with a straight arm. The hitting hand is like a fist.
  • You must bent you knees slightly

Learning the forearm pass

  • The arms are straight; they are as close together as the can, from shoulder to thumbs.
  • You must play the ball with the inside of you arms.
  • At the moment you hit the ball; you don’t move your arms. The movement comes out of your legs.
  • Motivation:
    At the level I children were busy to learn how to troth and how the catch a ball. When children reach level H its important children learn to troth the ball exactly. The circulation of the ball goes faster and faster and you must stimulate them to troth the ball at those places in court were there is no opponent. Another aspect is the orientation in time, space and direction. We call that timing. For children timing is a big problem. They know how to handle it after a lot of practising. Where hit the ball the ground? Where is my opponent? What is the speed of the ball? These are all difficult questions for young kids. You can enlarge the capacity of movement when you use a Varity in ‘starting position’ and game composition’. You can improve the capacity off movement when you use a Varity in speed and direction of the ball. Really new on this level is the underhand serve. Because children have the right to do something good (it’s no good children don’t have any change to get a goal), it’s allowed to serve from any position in the court. The only goal is a good performance. In those circumstances children make more actions. Another thing children really learn on this level is the forearm pass.

What’s to learn in this phase?
Repeating the thing you learn on level I (catching, throwing and moving)
Learning the underhand serve
Starting with learning the forearm pass

 Primary is that children learn to serve perfectly. Truth the serve we start every game. When we want actions and movement the serve must be perfect. When the serve is good we can start with the forearm pass.We learn to control the forearm pass on level 3