Mar 07, 2016 Sports
Secondary schools in the East Berbice Region 6 area are now in a better position to teach the game of volleyball to their students. This is following the successful completion of a two day volleyball course conducted by the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) in collaboration with the Department of Education, Region 6 Allied Arts Department, which held a Secondary Schools Development Workshop for Physical Education and Sports teachers attached to schools in the Region.
The activity which was held at the Port Mourant Training School Annex and Volleyball Court at Port Mourant Corentyne Berbice was conducted by BVA President Levi Nedd and Executives of The BVA along with some national Players. It also saw input by Physical Education and Sports Officer in the Region and member of the National Sports Commission Inga Henry. The activity was held under the theme “KEEP THE BALL FLYING” which is the theme of the BVA.
According to Henry, it is part of the Ministry’s objective to reintegrate Physical Education and sports in all schools. She said that the Volleyball programme is the first in a series of activities for PE and Sports teachers, it was also used to get the teachers better equipped to prepare the students who are writing PE and the CXC level.
The participants were given a brief history of the game of volleyball and how the game was played with nine players. Among the topics discussed were- Volleyball equipment including the ball, court, net, antenna, basic refereeing, the first and the second referee duties, duties of the linesmen, playing faults, scorers, and coach, Physio, protocol and hand signals.
Playing the game was also looked at where the participants were taught the basic rules, registering of players, court positions, rotation, the scoring of points, time out, substitution, the three pass, types of players and different formations used during a game.
Volleyball techniques, various types of warm-ups and reasons for warming up, passes- including the overhead pass, underarm pass, service, attack and defence techniques, how to block.
Basic training equipment used, including the medicine ball, lightweights flannel and hurdle was also looked at.
The first day ended with discussions and closing remarks and a recap of what was done during the day.
Most of the second day was reserved for practical sessions including playing a few games. The day ended with a closing session which including closing remarks and recap and plans for a follow up. All the schools present were presented with balls, nets, rules and score book and other literature.
Those participating were Linden Casey of Skeldon Line Path, Annalie Hale of JC Chandisingh, Althia Hercules of Port Mourant Secondary, Ceon Bristol Of Berbice Educational Institute, Damien Branco of Corentyne Comprehensive, Winston Profit of Manchester Secondary, John Sergeant of Lower Corentyne Secondary, Cieon Smartt of Central Corentyne Secondary, William Cameron of New Amsterdam Multilateral, Neomi Nelson of Canje Secondary, Kevin Pellew of Tutorial Academy, Zahir Moakan of Berbice High, Basdeo Seenauth of Tagore memorial and Keishan Yasin of Vryman’s Erven Secondary.
The schools that failed to send representatives were Black Bush Secondary, Skeldon High and Winifred Gaskin Secondary. Follow up visits are planned.
A next session is planned for schools in the Region Five, West Berbice area. (Samuel Whyte)
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