This event is designed to provide opportunities for play for young players who are learning the game. It is designed to be as inclusive as possible. Some of the rules of the competition have been selected to further this aim.
The event will consist of up to eight 3 v 3 tournaments.
The age groups will be Under 11/12/13/14/15
Games will be played on badminton courts with a high net.
Under 11 and Under 12s will use the inside court markings and may take one step forward onto the court when serving. “Catch and throw” technique will be permitted but the level of what is acceptable will be briefed before each tournament begins by the event organisers. All other age groups will use the outside badminton markings.
“Catch and Throw” will not be accepted above age categories U13 through to U15. However, to enthuse new players and beginners and not to discourage novice enthusiasts some common sense on the day needs to be applied.
Pools in any tournament may be mixed together to make the tournament viable. There will be separate age group results for each tournament.
If it is necessary to mix the age groups of the pools, then play will be to the younger age lines in any match between different age groups.
The team with the youngest player will always select the weight of the lightweight balls if there is a dispute. From the U13 age categories and upwards, the lightest ball allowed will be a Mikasa 230g or equivalent.
If clubs are finding it difficult to make enough teams it is allowed to play with a team of 2 or in alternative circumstances to play larger teams and use continuous rotation. It is also allowed to include one younger boy in a girls team or one girl up to one year older in a boys team.
All games will be timed ? no time outs are allowed.
Teams entering the Grand Prix will be expected to provide competent referees and scorers. These can be young people. Please ensure that referees have their own whistles.
Coaches can assist with refereeing when their own teams are refereeing. Try to get the children to become as independent as possible.
Conditions of Entry
Entry is open to affiliated clubs and schools
Entry to the Grand Prix is through the website.
Teams entering the Grand Prix may be asked to provide people to run a future Grand Prix Event. The organisation for these events is done centrally so that help is only required on the day of the event.
The South West Volleyball Association is seeking a volunteer to take over the administration of the Grand Prix Events. If you would like to help with this please could you contact Jurek Jankowski firstname.lastname@example.org