A female coach talks to a young girl
Photo by Joe Maiorana/Greater Columbus Sports Commission

As a volleyball coach, you have the power to inspire a love for the game that can last a lifetime. And with the Project Play 63 by 30 initiative, a significant movement aiming to increase youth sports participation to 63% by 2030, your role has never been more important.  

 At the 2024 Project Play Summit, youth sports leaders discussed strategies for engaging more kids in physical activity. They emphasized coaches’ crucial role in creating fun, inclusive environments that keep players returning for more. 

 So, what’s the key to captivating beginners with volleyball? It commences with small-sided games and drills that prioritize enjoyment over technique. By honing skills like hitting from the back row and practicing serves with a torque motion, you can empower novice players to cultivate confidence and success from the outset, underscoring the pivotal role you play in their development. 

 But it’s not just about what happens during practice. Teaching young athletes games so they can play with friends outside of structured settings encourages more independent learning and helps build a volleyball culture in your community. 

As you work to grow the game, don’t forget about the importance of reviewing basic coaching standards. Seek out training on how to support your players’ mental well-being, a crucial aspect often overlooked, prevent injuries, and create an inclusive team environment.  

Coaches will be key to reaching the 63 by 30 goal. Look for opportunities to partner with your local region and schools, parks and other community organizations to expand access to volleyball.  Share your successes and learn from coaches in other sports working toward the same vision. 

 You can make a lasting impact on the lives of young people. By introducing the game of volleyball in a fun, engaging way and prioritizing player well-being, you can inspire a new generation of athletes and contribute to a healthier, more active society. Are you ready to take on the challenge? USA Volleyball will be unveiling a new program soon to help you introduce young people to the sport in a fun and safe setting.