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General News · 24th February 2010
Rob Graham
The Atomic Volleyball came to close last week after ten weeks of fun-filled, skill-building sessions. The program is a Canadian Volleyball Association initiative started about four years ago as a pre competitive program for youth.

This is the third year I have run the 9 to 12 yr-old age group program, and it has been exciting to be part of the enthusiasm and skill development displayed by the players. Even though I have a level two coaching certification and I coached club and high school volleyball for twenty years in the Comox valley, teaching volleyball skills to pre-teens has been new and challenging, but a most rewarding experience.

The B.C. Volleyball Association has been very generous this year by providing volleyballs with carrying bags, a ball caddy, team shirts, and prizes for the kids. The program started with a skills weekend run by Chris Dahl, the BCVA island rep, who coordinates tournaments and league play for the many youth clubs from Victoria to Port Hardy.
The Atomic Program focuses on the basic skills of the game, but also gets into footwork for blocking, spiking, the mechanics of overhand serving, and other technical skills. The games are usually three-on-three, and we even have mini tournaments with one-on-one competitions. Drills are high tempo and fun oriented.

This year’s group made huge progress in all the skills, but most noticeably, in the area of teamwork, where we stressed passing to the net, along the net, and over the net. They took pride in playing “the three touch” concept, rather than the “ping pong” type approach. The kids also began calling “carries” and “double touches”–rules that are fundamental to the game. Training the kids to accept the proper way to play the sport will give them the skills to fit into school or Club Volleyball when they move on to the Big Island.

Special thanks to the B.C. Volleyball Association for their generosity, the Cortes Island Elementary Jr. High School for free use of the gym, Sport B.C. for their funding support, and Sarah O’Shannessy and the CCHA for looking after the advertizing and registration for me.
Hey, Let’s do this again next year!

The Team:
Front left to right: Allen Parker, Seamus Brown, Gamble Geraghty, Eliah Raven, Joe Allen
Back left to right: Harley McCoy, Isabelle McKnight, Oliver Savage, Oliver Ellingston, Colton Massales, Tiffany Parker.
Congrats on a job well done!
Comment by Sarah O' on 25th February 2010
Way to go guys!