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Introducing #BYOT Friday Nights with a different format!

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#BYOT

We’re excited to announce that SpikeTthru got another school gym for Friday nights at Markville High School (McCowan Rd/Carlton Rd) from 8:15pm to 10:15pm.

This is a single gym with greater space, hardwood floors and higher ceilings.

The format for this will be a little different and hoping for this to be a little more competitive than Monday nights. This will be a “Bring Your Own Team (BYOT)” format which allows your team to not only practice together, but also play against other teams of different levels.

Price will be $3.50 per individual or $21 for the team based on 6 players, and format will be 3 teams and games played until 21 points.

If there are any individuals that are interested but don’t have their own team, I can try to create a pick up for you if there’s enough interest of individuals wanting to join or place you on a team if someone is missing on another team. This is great opportunity to learn how to play positions as well.

We’re running this as a trial basis to feel for interest, if not, we may revert back to individual drop-ins like our Monday nights.

Feel free to message me or comment if you have any questions!

Where to play indoor volleyball in the summer

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IMG_1919It’s summer time – schools are closed and beach volleyball isn’t your thing. Here’s a list of locations uptown and a few downtown of where you can go to play indoor volleyball until September.

Majority of them will be from community centers, which ranges from $3 – $4 per person, for privately hosted indoor volleyball they’ll be $5+. Benefits of hosted volleyball events: you can register to reserve a spot and you’ll know how many people are going, but this will come at a cost premium.

For community centers, its first come first serves, you can’t reserve and you may not even get a spot. If you want to go drop in at a community center, make sure you arrive half an hour early to line up.

Follow this link to get a list of updated drop in locations: https://spikethru.wordpress.com/summer-events/

Markham Drop-In Locations

Angus Glen Community Centre
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/KdcBBsmNgc12
Cost – $3.75 per visit
Time & Day – 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Wednesday)

Cornell Community Centre
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/n2qZW8EJSJo
Cost – $3.75
Time & Day – 8:00 pm – to 10:00 pm (Wednesday) / 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm (Friday) / 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Sunday)

Armadale Community Centre
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/QkGSp2bUiKy
Cost – $3.75
Time & Day – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Sunday)

Ronin Volleyball
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/WTnrj1czpot
Cost – $17 per session or $110 for 10 sessions
Time & Day – Refer to schedule – http://www.roninvolleyball.com/training/training-schedule/

Richmond Hill Drop-In Locations

Bayview Community Centre & Pool
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/YDptzhKt2U82
Cost – $5
Time & Day – Starts July 10 until Sept 4 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Sunday)

Elgin West Community Centre & Pool
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/h4a1cZi2T6D2
Cost – $8
Time & Day – 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm (Thursday)
Link – http://www.meetup.com/INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCE-VOLLEYBALL-Richmond-Hill-Meetup/

Willowdale Community Christian Assembly Gymnasium
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/LxqcLfHC2n12
Cost – $15
Time & Day – Refer to link – http://www.meetup.com/canadian-activity-network-can/#upcoming

Downtown Drop-In Locations

James Culnan Catholic School
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/GHUWir2enLA2
Cost – $5 first time or else $7
Time & Day – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Tuesday)
Link – http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-GSN-Indoor-Beach-Volleyball-Meetup/events/231560906/

St. Mary’s Secondary School
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/iLwXPV9iQtz
Cost – $10 + HST
Time & Day – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Sunday)
Link – http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-GSN-Indoor-Beach-Volleyball-Meetup/events/231560906/

Miles Nadal JC
Map – https://goo.gl/maps/i25YSZzchCw
Cost – $10
Time & Day – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (Sunday)
Link – http://mnjcc.org/images/MNJCC/Schedules/Gymnasium/Gymnasium__Schedule_June_2016.pdf

If I’m missing any, please let me know so I can add it to the list. Sharing is caring, and we all want to get in some indoor volleyball time.

Have fun, enjoy summer!

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.