Smashball gives kids an intro to volleyball
Teacher Cole Hintz poses with a volleyball at the Strathmore Smashball table as he explains the fun and fairly new program that is an introduction to volleyball. Smashball is geared towards boys and girls Grades 4 to 6.
There's a fun way to introduce kids to the sport of volleyball, taking place at Strathmore High School this year, it's called Smashball. Starting with the spike, possibly the most fun part of the game. Smashball aims to introduce kids from Grades 4 to 6 to the sport of volleyball.
The program began about four years ago. Up until that point there were no real opportunities for younger kids to learn how to play.
“It's a good age to instill fun, and it starts with the spike,” said teacher Cole Hintz.
“We're teaching the game a little bit backwards from the way that it's usually played. We start at the spike this is something that kids in grades 4 to 6 can be successful at right away,” said Hintz.
Smashball is an activity that kids can enjoy right away while learning the building blocks of how to play volleyball, for example like the scoring system.
“Once we feel confident in that, we can build in the overhand pass, and then build in the underhand pass and then build in the serve,” said Hintz. “We modify the game so that we are getting the correct reads, we're getting the right movement patterns, but we are able to play the game right from day one,” he said.
Hintz explained that Smashball is a learn to play volleyball environment.
“It's a way to teach the game where the kids can be competitive and successful at the same time, right off the very bat,” he said.
“We don't need six months, or a year of reps just to be able to play. We are able to play from the very first session, and we just expand our Smashball experience from there,” he said.
Registration can be done online at https://tinyurl.com/y85eudwy, or by emailing Hintz at firstname.lastname@example.org.