VolleySLIDE - Getting Started - 'Movers and Shakers'
For any development there needs to be someone, or something initiating it. This person is often referred to as the 'mover and shaker'. This person needs to have the long-term vision of what is wanted to be achieved whilst coordinating the different aspects.
In Great Britain it was decided to pull together some of the leading individuals from across the country to form a 'Sitting Volleyball Advisory Group.' This collectionof people would offer guidance for the sport through each of its phases of development. Those involved were selected based on their prior (or current) involvement with the sport, their passion and availability to get involved. Those invited to be part of the group can also be the ‘movers and shakers’ in their respective areas. Where possible also look to have people who hold positions on other commissions or Boards where they can have a wider influence.
Ultimately the 3 things that you need to achieve are:
Promotion: Work out what sitting volleyball has that is different to other sports already available. These are the key to help sell and grow the sport in an already competitive environment.
Awareness: The more people that are aware of it, and are 'advocates' of it, the more chance there is of potential disabled participants being found, or potential partners or sponsors.
Activity: The more areas that have sitting volleyball activity, the more opportunities there are for people to play. However to develop the level of the game, there needs to be planned and coordinated training.
Having knowledge off [Olympic] volleyball is a great start when working with sitting volleyball and a large percentage of the game is remarkably similar, if not identical. However there are differences and in certain areas it is important to unlearn some things before learning how they work in sitting volleyball (e.g. movement).
Some of the main differences between volleyball and sitting volleyball are:
• Movement, you have to move with your hands/arms and then play the ball with your hands/arms. If you don’t start with your hands down you move too late.
• Blocking the Service, due to the height of the net you can block on the Serve Receive. This then means you have to work on the link between the blockers on a serve receive, and your passers.
• Defence, it is not possible to take a defensive timing (or 'split step') when defending so you need to make sure you sit in a location that offers something to the team. As well as sitting in a way where you are able to perform what is required, e.g. tip shot cover.
However, ultimately when coaching the aim is the same. A coach should try to maximise each of his own player’s strengths, and look to cover over their weaknesses from his opponent. The difference with disability sport is that these are much more varied and go to much more of an extreme.