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VOLLEYBALL

NEWS

Lower Mac Volleyball

SEE BELOW ****NEW**** Spring Volleyball

FOR SPRING 2018:  Players will play eight weeks on Monday night at Lower Macungie Middle School.
(Juniors 6:30pm to 7:45pm  Seniors 7:45pm to 9:00pm)
The program will start on Monday, March 26th.  The last night of play will be on Monday, May 21st.
There will be NO games on Monday, April 2nd.

Fall Volleyball:

Juniors Program:

  • This program is for the NEW and experienced Juniors player and focuses foremost on solid volleyball skills and learning to properly play.  This program is primarily for grades four through seven.
  • Players have a game and/or practice two nights a week that takes place Monday through Thursday. (See below for other notes on schedules.)
  • Juniors play from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.
  • Juniors have routinely played at Lower Macungie Middle School and Eyer Middle School.
  • Juniors start the full week after Labor Day and end in the beginning of November.
  • We try to accomodate requests as much as possible to avoid conflicts of other activities for players.  We CANNOT guarantee that we can meet all requests made.  All schedule requests must be communicated through email to the Volleyball coordinator by August 1st.  (We try to have a Monday/Wednesday team and a Tuesday/Thursday team. There will be a time when they have to play on an off night.)
  • Teams and schedules are communicated to parents by the middle/end of August.
  • Juniors players should try to attend practice/games as often as possible.  All coaches understand when conflicts exist and no player is ever penalized if they are unable to attend.
Seniors Program:
  • This program is for the novice to advanced player.  Everyone should have some understanding of how to play the game.  We do focus some on skills but majority of the time is playing games.  This program is primarily for grades eight through twelve.
  • Players have a game and/or practice two nights a week.  Seniors have routinely played on Monday and Wednesday.  (This is NOT a guarantee.)
  • Seniors play from 7:45pm until 9:00pm.
  • Seniors have routinely played at Lower Macungie Middle School and Eyer Middle School.
  • Seniors start the full week after Labor Day and end in the beginning of November.
  • Teams and schedules are communicated to parents by the middle/end of August.
  • Seniors players should try to attend practice/games as often as possible.  All coaches understand when conflicts exist and no player is ever penalized if they are unable to attend.
NEW SPRING 2018
FOR SPRING 2018:  Players will play eight weeks on Monday night at Lower Macungie Middle School.
(Juniors 6:30pm to 7:45pm  Seniors 7:45pm to 9:00pm)
The program will start on Monday, March 26th.  The last night of play will be on Monday, May 21st.  There will be NO games on Monday, April 2nd.
Spring Volleyball:

Juniors and Seniors Program:
  • Spring Volleyball is for the player that has played before and wants an opportunity to play during the Spring.  There will be very little drill work.  Most of the time will be spent playing games with whomever shows up each night.
  • Players will only play one night of the week.  It will be the same night each week.  This night has yet to be decided.  We need to wait for availablity from East Penn School District.  Once it is decided it will be posted here and an email will be sent out to all registered players.
  • Juniors play from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.  (Juniors grades four through six)
  • Seniors play from 7:45pm until 9:00pm  (Seniors grades seven through twelve)
  • Games have routinely been played at Lower Macungie Middle School or Eyer Middle School.
  • Games will be for eight weeks starting end of March/beginning of April.
  • This season is not as intense as the Fall season.  Participate whenever you are able in order to keep your skills sharp to be ready for the Fall season.  All players will receive the same t-shirt color and be put on teams to play each evening.

PROGRAM GOALS

Program Goals

  • Lower Mac Athletics sponsors a comprehensive Volleyball program that provides a positive learning experience and recognizes the diverse interests of the participants.  The program is designed to teach the game in a progressive manner while highlighting the benefits of physical activity.
  • Skill development is the primary focus at an early age.  This focus continues as players progress up through the various levels.  There are 2 different levels based on scholastic grade to accommodate the various development stages of the individual player.  Please read for more details.

Rules of Play

LOWER MAC ATHLETICS INTRAMURAL VOLLEYBALL  2015 FALL PROGRAM

 

         JUNIOR DIVISION SENIOR DIVISION
         GIRLS AND BOYS IN
GRADES 4 THRU 7
GIRLS AND BOYS IN
GRADES 8 THRU 12
  1. United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) rules apply except as modified below.
  2. A match consists of 3 games.  In both Divisions, the game will be scored 25 using the rally point system.  The first team to reach the point level or beyond with a 2-point lead wins the game.
  3. Team Size:  Teams will play with 6 players on the court with 3 players in the front row and 3 players in the back row.  A minimum of 5 players is needed on the court at all times; however, a minimum of 4 players can be used in the Senior division, but it must be a mutual agreement between coaches before the match.
  4. ROTATING:  To ensure equal playing time, as much as possible, the following rules apply: All players must play in the game, however, there can only be six players on the floor.  You must rotate the other players in the game by rotating them in the serve position and the players leaving the floor leave the game from the front right position.  This must be done even on the first serve of each game.
  5. SERVING:  Players at the Junior level will be encouraged to serve where they are comfortable and Coaches are encouraged to adjust this as players become more skilled.  Seniors will follow the rules of the sport.  In addition at the Junior level, a player will only be allowed to serve five consecutive points.
  6. SEASON FORMAT:  The season begins after Labor Day and continues until the early part of November.  The first two weeks of the season are reserved for practices.  The next two weeks will have one practice scheduled.  The other scheduled time that week will be a practice/match mix.  The rest of the season will be scheduled with a practice/match mix.  One players clinic will also be hosted by the Muhlenberg College Girls Team.
  7. SCHEDULES:  Please contact the opposing coach if you are unable to attend a match.
  8. REFEREES:  All games will be refereed by the Coaches.  Focus is on skills and proper match play.  Good sportsmanship is a must and matches will reflect this.

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF RULES

 

  1. A coin toss will be used to determine serve and side.  The team, which wins the coin toss will choose to serve or a side of the court.  If the first 2 games are split, then another coin toss will be used for game 3.
  2. In the Junior division, rally points, will be introduced during the third games of each match for the players to understand the concept.  This is when a team can score a point on a side-out as well as a serve.
  3. A team may not contact the ball more than 3 times without returning it over the net.  Failure to do so results in a point or side-out.  Please note that a block does not count as a touch, so 3 contacts are still allowed after a block.
  4. A player is not allowed to contact the net at anytime while the ball is in play, incidental contact is up to the discretion of the referee.  Touching the net results in a point or side-out.
  5. A player is not allowed to step fully onto the opponent's side of the court while the ball is in play.  A player may step onto the opponent's side of the court after the play is over.  Violation results in a point or side-out.
  6. A player may not contact the ball twice in a row unless the first touch is a block.
  7. The ball may be played off of the net as long as the player does not contact the net.
  8. Play ends when the ball touches the floor.
  9. CARRYING:  In volleyball, the ball is not allowed to come to rest on a players hands, however, recognizing that individual skills may not be proficient at this level, the carry rules will be enforced as follows:

The ball may not be struck underhand with the hands open, referees will provide some discretion during play.  Please make sure that all players, coaches and parents understand this rule.

  1. OBSTRUCTION:  The ball may be played off of the ceilings but a REDO is called for all hanging obstructions.  This rule is strictly under the discretion of the referee as to what is the ceiling, and it is impossible to cover every situation, however, the intent is to neither aid nor penalize a team affected by hanging objects.  If the ball contacts the ceiling on your side and remains on your side it is still playable but if the ball contacts the ceiling and lands on the other side the play is over and it's a side-out.  If the ball contacts the ceiling on a serve it is a side-out.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  The Lower Macungie Community Center does not allow drinks of any kind to be brought into the gym area by PLAYERS/COACHES or PARENTS.

PARTICIPATION

Player Participation / Levels

  • Juniors - Primary focus is having fun while introducing the basic fundamentals of the game, competition and teamwork. Skill development includes familiarizing the player with the fundamental aspects of the game and strategy. Players in grades 4 through 7, boys and girls combined.
  • Seniors - Same as Juniors, just a higher level of competitive volleyball. Players in grades 8 through 12, boys and girls combined.  If there are enough boys to form several teams, then we will offer a separate Boys division as an alternative.

Rules of Play

         JUNIOR DIVISION SENIOR DIVISION
         GIRLS AND BOYS IN
GRADES 4 THRU 7
GIRLS AND BOYS IN
GRADES 8 THRU 12
  1. United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) rules apply except as modified below.
  2. A match consists of 3 games.  In both Divisions, the game will be scored 25 using the rally point system.  The first team to reach the point level or beyond with a 2-point lead wins the game.
  3. Team Size:  Teams will play with 6 players on the court with 3 players in the front row and 3 players in the back row.  A minimum of 5 players is needed on the court at all times; however, a minimum of 4 players can be used in the Senior division, but it must be a mutual agreement between coaches before the match.
  4. ROTATING:  To ensure equal playing time, as much as possible, the following rules apply: All players must play in the game, however, there can only be six players on the floor.  You must rotate the other players in the game by rotating them in the serve position and the players leaving the floor leave the game from the front right position.  This must be done even on the first serve of each game.
  5. SERVING:  Players at the Junior level will be encouraged to serve where they are comfortable and Coaches are encouraged to adjust this as players become more skilled.  Seniors will follow the rules of the sport.  In addition at the Junior level, a player will only be allowed to serve five consecutive points.
  6. SEASON FORMAT:  The season begins after Labor Day and continues until the early part of November.  The first two weeks of the season are reserved for practices.  The next two weeks will have one practice scheduled.  The other scheduled time that week will be a practice/match mix.  The rest of the season will be scheduled with a practice/match mix.  One players clinic will also be hosted by the Muhlenberg College Girls Team.
  7. SCHEDULES:  Please contact the opposing coach if you are unable to attend a match.
  8. REFEREES:  All games will be refereed by the Coaches.  Focus is on skills and proper match play.  Good sportsmanship is a must and matches will reflect this.

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF RULES

  1. A coin toss will be used to determine serve and side.  The team, which wins the coin toss will choose to serve or a side of the court.  If the first 2 games are split, then another coin toss will be used for game 3.
  2. In both  divisions, the games will be scored using rally points.  This is when a team can score a point on a side-out as well as a serve.
  3. A team may not contact the ball more than 3 times without returning it over the net.  Failure to do so results in a point or side-out.  Please note that a block does not count as a touch, so 3 contacts are still allowed after a block.
  4. A player is not allowed to contact the net at any time while the ball is in play, incidental contact is up to the discretion of the referee.  Touching the net results in a point or side-out.
  5. A player is not allowed to step fully onto the opponent's side of the court while the ball is in play.  A player may step onto the opponent's side of the court after the play is over.  Violation results in a point or side-out.
  6. A player may not contact the ball twice in a row unless the first touch is a block.
  7. The ball may be played off of the net as long as the player does not contact the net.
  8. Play ends when the ball touches the floor.
  9. CARRYING:  In volleyball, the ball is not allowed to come to rest on a players hands, however, recognizing that individual skills may not be proficient at this level, the carry rules will be enforced as follows:
    1. The ball may not be struck underhand with the hands open, referees will provide some discretion during play.  Please make sure that all players, coaches and parents understand this rule.
  10. OBSTRUCTION:  The ball may be played off of the ceilings but a REDO is called for all hanging obstructions.  This rule is strictly under the discretion of the referee as to what is the ceiling, and it is impossible to cover every situation, however, the intent is to neither aid nor penalize a team affected by hanging objects.  If the ball contacts the ceiling on your side and remains on your side it is still playable but if the ball contacts the ceiling and lands on the other side the play is over and it's a side-out.  If the ball contacts the ceiling on a serve it is a side-out.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Lower Macungie Community Center does not allow drinks of any kind to be brought into the gym area by PLAYERS/COACHES or PARENTS.

FIELDS

Facility Information:  Lower Mac Volleyball primarily uses Lower Macungie Middle School and Eyer Middle School, but if needed, Lower Macungie Community Center is also an option.  This may change due to availability.

TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT

Training and Development

  • Coaching Clinic/Instruction
    • Those interested in enhanced coaching/training can participate in a course offered by NYSCA (National Youth Scholastic Coaches Assoc.)

 

     COACHING TIPS

 

  • Prepare a practice schedule.  The players will know when you are prepared and you will gain more respect from them (and keep their attention) when you are organized.

 

  • Sample practice schedule:

Warm-Ups and Stretching                    10 minutes

Passing Drills/Practice                       10 minutes

Agility Drill                                           5 minutes

Serving/Receiving Practices                   10 minutes

Break                                                   5 minutes

Scrimmage                                           40 minutes

Wrap-Up                                             10 minutes

 

  • Teach the correct technique.  Passing the volleyball is probably the most important technique to teach.  Use some of the drills provided in the handouts.  Work on passing at each practice.

 

  • Teach players the importance of using 3 hits.  Players should be rewarded for using all three hits and corrected when they just hit the ball over the net.

 

  • Continually provide encouragement to all players.

 

  • Have confidence in yourself as a coach.  If you do not feel confident demonstrating a skill yourself and have players who perform the skill properly, use the player as a model and talk to the team having the player demonstrate the skill.  Remember that you know more about volleyball than most of the parents and players and you should use your knowledge to make yourself more effective as a coach.

 

  • Be prepared in case of injuries.  Hopefully most of you will not experience any injuries during the season.  The most likely serious injury will be a sprained ankle due to landing on someones foot.  In the case of a sprained ankle, immobilize the ankle and apply ice.  If in doubt as to the extent of the injury, have the parents take the child for x-rays.  You may have an odd assortment of jammed fingers, balls to the face, etc.  Use your best judgment in these cases.  Normally a few minutes on the side is all that is needed.

ADMINISTRATION

Volleyball Administration and Coordinators

Position Official Date Elected Contact
Volleyball Coordinator Jeffrey Elsea Jul-2018 volleyball@lmya.org
Outgoing Coordinator Corinne Fecho May-2015

VOLUNTEER

Parents interested in volunteering to coach, should contact Jeffrey Elsea @ volleyball@lmya.org

SCHEDULES

Schedules

  • The season begins after Labor Day and continues into the first week of November.
  • Each LMYA Volleyball team will have two practices and/or games a week.
  • The scheduling of games/practices occurs on the days of Monday through Thursday.
  • The scheduler tries to keep a routine of the same two nights a week as much as possible throughout the system with Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for the majority of the season.  (If you need a night to be avoided, contact Jeffrey Elsea at volleyball@lmya.org about the conflict and she will do her best to schedule with minimal conflict.)
  • In past seasons, the Juniors team practiced from 6:30 to 7:45 and the Seniors team practiced from 7:45 to 9:00.  (This should still be the case give or take fifteen minutes.)
  • In the past we have been able to give you the schedule for the entire season at the beginning of the season with almost no changes occurring.
  • The LMYA program uses the gyms at Lower Macungie Middle School and Eyer Middle School for the majority of the season.  The Lower Macungie Community Center will only be used if necessary.

TEAMS