monday nights

Richmond Hill Monday Night Volleyball Drop-Ins is BACK!

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Hey Fellow Spikethru-ers,

It’s that time again as school’s in full swing, so is Monday night volleyball. We will be starting Sept 18th, 2017 and running until June 11th, 2018.

There will be a few minor changes as follows:

  • Slight price increase to $3.50 per person
  • Advance payment can be made for the full year, which is 32 sessions at a discount rate (message for more detail)
  • Format will be 3 teams of 6 players (no subs) and games up until 21 points

The first event will be posted on Monday September 11th and the first event will take place Monday September 18th starting at 8:00pm. Please come on time and early, so we can start right away once everyone is warmed up. Thanks.

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Monday night volleyball back again: Event posting & Drop-in start date

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Hey SpikeThru-ers,

School’s about to start but that’s good news for us because SpikeThru’s Monday night volleyball will be up and running again from mid-September until mid-June.

There will be a few minor changes as follows:

  • Price will be increased to $3.00 due to an increase in the school permit fee.
  • Due to the amount of interest in attending and crazy sign ups at 11pm, 12 spots can now be reserved for half the year or for the full year with an advanced payment (message me for more details). This means you no longer have to sign up at 11pm on Monday nights. The spot will be there for you every Monday but we’ll still require you to let us know ahead of time if you can make it or not.

Format will stay the same 4 teams of 6 and games up until 15 points.

The first event will be posted on Monday September 12th and the first event will take place Monday September 19th at 8:15pm so be sure to mark your calendars!

Interested in summer volleyball events? Like this post for a show of interest please.

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It’s 11:00pm and it feels weird not to routinely post a SpikeThru event!

As many of you know, tonight was the last SpikeThru volleyball drop-in as the school term ends but not to worry, we’ll resume again in September 2016!

SpikeThru would not have been so successful without your support so many thank yous to everyone who has participated or spread the word – I hope everyone had a great time every Monday night.

Not wanting the fun to end, I want to organize a few beach volleyball events or find other indoor courts we can play at in the interim. To keep things simple, please like the Facebook post or this blog post so I can gauge interest.

Again, thank you all for the awesome year and hope to see everyone sooner than September! 🙂

Becoming a Better Volleyball Player – By Watching YouTube Videos?!

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cc-passAs I mentioned in my previous blog post, YouTube played a big part in my development. Watching is much easier than reading. I can spend hours and hours watching volleyball games, trying to analyze what the players are doing, watching videos on hitting, passing, and blocking. What I learned from these videos, I took to my volleyball clinics or drop-ins. I came across a few that have helped me the most so far so I thought I’d share them with you.

In my research, I stumbled across Coach Donny on YouTube. His videos are very elaborate and detailed, not too long to be dull, but long enough to get the points across. He provides great tutorials and breaks everything down to the basics, so it’s easy to understand and apply. Coach Donny not only provides various volleyball tutorials, he also does videos on improving your vertical jump, spiking power and highlights from 9 man tournaments.

Learning about passing.

This video really helped get me started. Coach Donny goes into the fundamental of passing in volleyball and he breaks it down to 3 parts: the ready position, platform, and passing motion. A few keys points he discusses for each part are listed below:

Ready Position

  1. Feet should be shoulders width apart
  2. Feet staggered, normally with your dominate foot in front
  3. Knees bent
  4. Shoulders forward
  5. Arms in front and ready to form the platform, being neutral and fairly relaxed

 Forming Platform

  1. Locking the fingers, palm over palm with the fingers overlapping each other
  2. Thumbs parallel with one another and pointed down for a flat surface
  3. Have the elbows locked and keep them straight
  4. Form everything together in one motion, so there’s no wasted movements
  5. Contact the ball just above where you wear the watch, which is also known as the “sweet spot”

Passing Motion

  1. Knee, waist, sternum – Get the platform ready at the knees, contact the ball at your waist and finish your pass at the chest
  2. Power and control is with the arms mainly as legs tend to add too much power and lacks control – Legs are used for positioning
  3. Keep it simple and fluid

Just a few points I’d like to add is to square up to where you want to pass, the quicker you square up to the setter the easier it will be to pass the ball accurately. A few common mistakes players make when performing the pass:

  • Not moving back away from the ball, cushioning and absorbing the ball
  • Lifting your arms and using too much of your legs
  • Not square up to the setter
  • Not following the ball to your arms

I do advise for you to take professional clinics to ensure you’re actually doing everything properly. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and in the new year, join us Jan 4th to work off that turkey!

Volleyball, sportsmanship and team building

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When I first started to become interested in volleyball, I found myself missing a few opportunities to play because my friends couldn’t make it. I hear that a bit sometimes too from others and it’s completely understandable – playing with people who are unfamiliar to you can cause a little anxiety. But this is what I’ve found with our group of players at SpikeThru.

  • We have a sociable crowd of players who are always keen to meet new people
  • Every player is extremely respectful of each other’s skill level
  • Like every sport, after each play, players encourage each other with a simple pat on the back or a quick high five
  • At the end of each game, we congratulate the opposing team for a good game

These are honestly all the small things that makes volleyball great, and why I truly enjoying playing with the SpikeThru crowd.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated once, twice or every single week and also thank you to those who have no yet had a chance to play with us but have supported us through Likes, Follows, Shares and Invites. 

We’ll see you all on Monday October 26th at our next drop-in.

Thank you – September 28th

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Thank you to everyone who showed up today, the format definitely worked out a lot better. I noticed the games were pretty close so next week we’ll try for up to 15 points and maintain the same format.

Please remember, we reserve spots based on your attendance status on our events page so please be respectful of others and update your attendance status. There were a few people this week who had to be turned away even though we actually had a few spots available.

Just like this week, I will be posting the attendance and forming teams by Monday morning (or earlier if the event becomes full).

Always check back on our Facebook page or website for the latest details.

Thanks again!

Thank you for being a part of our first drop-in!

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Just want to send a quick note to thank everyone who participated in our first drop in and for your patience as we figure out the best way to utilize the court.

After playing tonight and with some great feedback, next week we will try a new format and a more competitive level of play:

  • We will experiment running one full court and have 24 players cap with 4 subs (1 per team)
  • Instead of 15 minute rotations we will do up to 21 points – winner stays on for a maximum of 2 games

Again, space will be on first come first serve basis managed through our Facebook event page and our website. Once the event is full (28 players) we will post the attendance list and any additional sign ups will be put on the wait list. Thank you to those who updated their attendance status on Facebook this week to allow others to participate – we continue to encourage you to keep us informed through Facebook.

Thanks for a successful start and we look forward to seeing everyone again next week!