The London Sharks Volleyball Club has been chosen by OVA as 1 of 5 clubs in Ontario to run the Smashball Pilot Program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Recreation, Tourism and Sport in providing the funds through the Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) aimed at developing community sports.

The program is looking to increase the participation of boys so it is recruiting those in the London area ages 8-12 years old. The training focuses on overall movement, learning volleyball fundamentals and the focus is on spiking the ball. The pilot program begins on January 17th, 2016 and will run on Sundays from 4-5pm at Supreme Courts Volleyball in London.

SMASHBALL aims to address the issue of extremely low participation rates of boys in grassroots volleyball by playing a modified game that makes volleyball more exciting and enticing for young boys by focusing on movement skills and the sport’s most exciting skill – the spike.

Although the original program was designed for boys, Smashball is equally fun and simple to engage children of both genders aged 6-12 years old.

In addition to the game of Smashball, Ontario Volleyball is committed to building the fundamental movement skills and to improve physical literacy of all children in stages 2 and 3 of Canadian Sport for Life. Hence the coaching methodology, manuals, parent material and safety information designed to support Smashball have included detailed information to support these stages. Click here to read more about the OVA’s CS4L stages.

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Ontario Volleyball’s Smashball is based on the Dutch model created by Peter Van Der Ven. His resources, equipment and program information can be found here: 

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