philosophy behind teaching Mini-Volleyball as an initiation to "regular"
Volleyball is derived from the answer to the question "How do we make
Volleyball more accessible?".
The simple answer: "By adapting the game and teaching to the
youngsters' abilities, and NOT THE REVERSE". Thus, both teacher
and student have an easier time of it.
new approach to teaching and playing Volleyball:
Designed for physical education classes
* Simplified techniques
* Adaptable to facilities
* Focus in on learning through participation
MINI-VOLLEYBALL is a discipline recognised and encouraged by the
FIVB. It is THE game for children aged 9-10 up to 12-13
years. The rules are established by each National Federation in
order to enable matches between players from different clubs or
schools. The “common, necessary” rules reflect the level of
Volleyball development in the country concerned.
Mini-Volleyball is played by girls and boys in teams of two to four
players, on a court measuring 4.5 to 6 metres in width, 9 to 12 metres in length and divided by a net of 1.9 to 2 metres in height.
The objective of play is to send the ball over the net to touch the
ground of the opponent’s court whilst preventing the same action
of the opposing players.
Play begins with a service and the opposing team has three touches
to return it. The team winning the rally scores a point and the
right to serve. The same player serves for as long as his/her team
wins the rally. A change of server occurs when the other team wins
the service, each player taking turns to serve.
A team wins a set when it marks a specific number of points (from 15
to 25). The team wins the match if it wins two sets.
a disclipine of education, which involves the cultural and teaching methods
of each country.
The teacher uses the various elements of Volleyball in order to stimulate
the coordination, learning and social development of children and the
group/class. It is founded on games and educational situations that
come under the authority of the teacher.
The rules are decided in relation to their educational interest and it is
recommended to adapt the courts, nets and balls according to the children's
The size of the court and the number of players can vary
depending on the available space. It is recommended to use existing
equipment, such as badminton layouts and posts.
BallS: The use of lightweight balls, either equal in diameter to or greater
than official balls, is recommended as follows:
Mini-Volleyball balls: A ball made of an outer layer
and a bladder – 18 panels of synthetic leather, brightly coloured
and/or a colour combination. Circumference: 65-68 cm; weight:
Volleyball at School balls: A
lighter ball of composite material (without a bladder) in bright colours.
Circumference: 65-68 cm; weight: 180-200 grams.
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English or French.