Age Appropriate Games
- Gr 1-3 (6-8 years) Circulation Volleyball
- Gr 4-5 (9-10 years) Atomic 1
- Gr 6-7 (11-12 years) Atomic 2
- Gr 8-9 (13-14 years) Tripleball
- Gr 10-12 (15-18 years) Standard Volleyball
- Games for Sitting Volleyball
Building Community Leaders
Our teachers and coaches are our most valuable resource and leaders for change. The VCDM aims to invest in Community Leaders. Our TEACHERS section aims to provide some helpful resources to engage students in the sport of volleyball at every age.
The standard game of Volleyball is difficult to acquire for young people. The most significant change we need to make in growing the game at the elementary and high school level is playing age appropriate games. For detailed information on the recommended volleyball games, please select an age group on the left.
AGe appropriate games
Age appropriate volleyball games are perfect for elementary and middle school intramurals and inter-school competition because they encourage maximum participation and development as well as interdependence and teamwork. At the highest levels volleyball has everything; explosive movements, precise timing, thrilling rallies, as well as the social camaraderie the sport is famous for. Yet, it is always a surprise that the sport isn’t more popular with youth and specifically boys.
Why is that?
If we look at the origins of the sport it becomes clear. William Morgan invented volleyball in 1895 in a Massachusetts YMCA specifically for older men as an alternative to the more physically strenuous sport of basketball. The game we all know and love was not designed for kids. From its inception the sport was made for adults and requires a degree of fine motor skills that simply are not yet developed in children. For years, many educators have tried to teach the standard game to students and found the early success required to keep many young people excited about the activity few and far between.
The good news is that educators and a number of National Volleyball Federations have created some excellent game modifications to provide the success and enjoyment beginners need to develop and thrive in the sport for a lifetime.
Below is a chart of age appropriate games Volleyball Canada recommends. We encourage all regions of Canada to adopt the spirit of these games... one that allows kids to enjoy the game at every age!
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