Ignition gives young players the opportunity to have FUN while PLAYING the game, on a court that is appropriate for their age, with a ball that has been designed for 12u athletes.
PRACTICE 2x PER WEEK
*SEE BELOW FOR OUR NEW ONE DAY OPTION*
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
$225 / player
Wednesday , January 10th
Saturday, April 14
9:00am – 12:00pm
WE ARE ALSO OFFERING A ONE DAY REGISTRATION FOR THE WINTER SESSION OF IGNITION. THIS WOULD INCLUDE PRACTICES ONLY ON FRIDAY 4:30-6:30 AND ALL GAME DAYS.
What will practices be like?
We think that training 10-12 year olds on the same size net and court as our Olympic players use is kind of silly. Ignition athletes have fun PLAYING the game on smaller courts, with lower nets, and a lighter ball. These slight changes add up to long term athlete success.
We begin by playing doubles on Day 1. The players explore playing the game with a partner, against other teams. We use scoring and rule variations to teach principles of volleyball through the doubles game. Small-sided games give each player the most chances to touch the ball and work with a teammate; critical skills in volleyball.
We then transition to 4-on-4, using various games and goals to guide the athletes through concepts of larger team play. Most 6-on-6 concepts emerge in the 4-on-4 game, with the athletes receiving more touches per session.
In our gym, we use games to teach and learn, because they are both fun and realistic. The athletes move quickly from demonstrations to games, to explore the concepts we are teaching.
How many coaches are there?
We aim for a 12 to 1 athlete to coach ratio. At this age, too much feedback is harmful to learning, and may go ignored. We see the coaches role differently (see “What will the coaches be doing at practice”) and feel that 12 to 1 is the best learning environment for these athletes. This ratio allows 3 critical components of motivation to arise in each athlete; autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
What will the coaches be doing at practices?
The coaches have 3 primary roles at our practices:
We think a well designed game can evoke learning and skill aquisition for the athlete. So our coaches design the games, make sure the athletes understand the rules of the games, and stay on task while playing the games.
Before a coach can give quality feedback, they need to observe an athlete over time. We use the concept of “Bandwidth Feedback” in our gym. This means that, through observation, a coach determines what areas an athlete struggles with or has success in, and then choses to give meaningful feedback based on this observation over time.
Our coaches channel their inner Greek philosopher when giving feedback. Rather than providing information or answers for the atheltes, it is much better to ask great questions that require the athlete to think, rather than simply obey. This is commonly referred to as the Socratic Method, and is a favorite tool of our coaching staff.
What are Game Days like?
On Game Day, each athlete is placed on a team — either a team of 2 or 4 — with players of similar level. The team play matches against other teams of similar level. The format depends on the number of athletes attending each Game Day.
Game Days start at 9am and are done by 11:30am – Noon.
What will the coaches be doing during the Game Days?
During Game Day, the coaches are there to organize the competition, make sure the athletes understand the format, how to keep score, and that everything moves forward at a good pace. Otherwise coaches simply observe, make sure rules are being followed, and help settle any debates on rules or format.
Coaches will not instruct during Game Days. We feel this is much like a test in math class, where the atheltes get to show what they have learned, and own the moment for themselves and their team. Coaches only step in if the situation causes a safety concern, or is a blatant disregard of what we have been working on in practice.
Will Ignition prepare my athlete for school or club?
As each player is on their own individual journey in the sport, we cannot gaurantee specific results. However, we do believe that the amount of meaningful repetitions, the opportunity to explore both skills and game sense, and the positive, athlete centered enviornment is the best course for atheltes of this age. Ignition allows your athlete the opportunity to learn every aspect of the sport, and have FUN while doing so.