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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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Spikethru’s Summer Volleyball Drop-in on Sundays

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Spikethru is pleased to announce that we secured a single gym at Ellesmere Community Centre for volleyball on Sundays from 1pm to 3pm starting June 18th until September 10th!

Sign up will be done through Facebook as usual, or you can email me at spikethru@gmail.com if you do not have Facebook.

  • Cap is 18 players, which translates to 3 teams.
  • Games will be played up to 21 points with the max cut off at 25 points.
  • Winner will stay on for a max of 2 games.
  • The cost per player is $5 for the 2 hours.

Feel free to email me at spikethru@gmail.com if you have any questions or through our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/spikethru.

Hoping to see some old and new faces over the summer!

See you all soon,
Spikethru

Location:
Ellesmere Community Centre 20 Canadian Rd Scarborough, ON M1R 4B4
Phone// 416-396-5536

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!

New to volleyball? We were all beginners once

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P1080800We were all beginners once. While by no means am I an advanced volleyball player, I wanted to share with you how I got started. Hopefully provide some motivation.

In elementary and high school, most of my friends were really into volleyball while I played basketball and never gave volleyball a thought. I stopped playing sports altogether in university and after being a bit “unfit” during those years, I figured I should pick up a sport again. After a few injuries sustained in basketball, I wanted to look for a more non-contact but physical sport and that’s how I found my interest in volleyball.

As with learning everything else, I knew the fundamentals and the foundation of volleyball was critical. You can’t build a pyramid upside down, you know? I wasn’t very motivated to learn something new entirely. But if I was going to dedicate my time to something, I wanted to get good at it. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take 10,000 hours to get good at something. It can simply take 20 hours equating to 45 minutes a day for a month. Now that’s not exactly how dedicated I was, but it helps to put into perspective that it doesn’t take 10 years to learn something new.

I started doing some research and looked for local volleyball clinics and found one in the Toronto area.

If you want to improve your skills, clinics are a great place to start. As I improved slowly, I began looking for places to drop in and play. Practice does make (close to) perfect. It’s a good idea to participate in clinics as well as go to drop-ins so you can constantly apply what you’ve learned to real life games. It provides a sense of satisfaction and success. Since I was new to the sport, the clinic allowed me to drop in to spectate before committing to their 10 week long program. I started from their beginner class and practiced enough to get to their advance class.

Believe it or not, Youtube also played a big part in my interest. My girlfriend always makes fun of me, but when I get interested in something, I’ll watch Youtube videos for hours to learn the skill. As a more visual person, watching something slowly, continuously was a good way for me to learn. But remember, take what you learn to the clinic so they can help correct and improve your posture. You don’t want to injure yourself from doing something you learned on Youtube!

In the next post, I’ll introduce you to a few Youtube channels I found particularly helpful. Stay tuned…

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.