It is recommended that young children be taught to play volleyball in small sided games, starting with two a side, which can be introduced to children in primary schools and taken on into Key Stage 3 in secondary school, where the game can progress through 3 a side and 4 a side. A badminton court is a suitable playing area. Mini volleyball tournaments are played frequently in the SW – in particular in the Grand Prix series.
The Grand Prix is an event series for 11 – 15 year olds which takes place over the winter months. The event is designed to be accessible to all young players it is not designed as an elite event.
There is a mixture of Grand Slam events and small peripheral events. All the events contribute to the Grand Prix points but Grand Slam events count for double points. Any club or school registered with the EVA may apply to run a peripheral event.
We would encourage players to enter as part of the process of learning volleyball. Details of GP events can be found on the website.
For further information email the South West Junior Development Officer.
As part of the process of learning to play volleyball young players are encouraged to learn how to referee the game. This leads to a better understanding both of the game itself and the skills of the referee .The EVA offers a junior officials award. This award is available to be delivered by schools and clubs.
Young people playing in Grand Prix events have the opportunity to practice and improve their refereeing and scoring skills.
EVA Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Schemes, are available and are well suited to school or club or youth club use. Full details available from the EVA (address above).
Volleysport Cards and Mini Volley Cards
These are resources which have been developed by the EVA to help those introducing the game to young players. The cards are well presented in a laminated A4 format and are available from the EVA Office at the cost of £20 for members and £30 for non members.
Schools and Junior Club Affiliation
It is important that schools and clubs are affiliated to the English Volleyball Association. Apart from the essential insurance which comes with affiliation it is the only way, other than word of mouth, that we know who is playing volleyball. We are able to communicate with affiliated clubs and keep them up to date with what is happening in the world of volleyball. There has been enormous change in the last 6 months and we want everyone to be informed of opportunities that may arise for players and clubs.
Unaffiliated schools and clubs are not eligible to enter the South West Grand Prix or the South West Junior Championships.
SW Junior Championships
We offer two Championship Competitions U12 – U15 Mini Volley Championships ( 3 v 3 ) and Under 15 SW Regional Qualifiers ( 6 v 6 ). Entry forms will be available on www.swva.org.uk
EVA Qualification Tournaments
The EVA offer a number of National Junior Events. The Junior KO Cup (U16 & U18) is administered by Volleyball England and entry forms are available for affiliated clubs from them.
The National Under 14 and Under 15 competitions are by Regional Qualification – teams progress through the South West Junior Under 14 Qualifiers and the Under 15 Championships.
Sometimes there are other age group National competitions. Affiliated Clubs in the region will receive information about these events.
Publicity for Junior Events
If you are organising a junior event please send details of the event to the ―Time Out‖ editor Ron Richards, Rricha7122@aol.com