In an effort to incorporate Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), Volleyball Canada is recommending that Tripleball be the official competition format for provinces and territories able to run 13U and younger age categories. It is not recommended that Tripleball be used in the 14U age category when a 13U age category exists, but it be played during the first half of the season in the 14U age category when a 13U age category does not exist. The goal of Tripleball is to promote better skill development, participation, meaningful competition, and fun.
The main catalyst for Volleyball Canada’s recommendation of Tripleball was the increased probability of creating a rally (more than one or two contacts). The committee strongly believes that successful rallies are an integral part of learning and enjoying the game, and the first step in developing a Volleyball for Life mentality.
Further, a series of statistics were compiled across Canada that revealed the following:
By initiating the rally with a toss in the 13U age group:
To compare, by using a toss to initiate a rally as opposed to a serve we see:
To summarize the data, Tripleball provides more opportunities to volley, attack, block, play defense and transition than the adult version of volleyball. We also feel that having the outcome of the game more dependent on a team’s ability to build up a rally, play defense and transition encourages coaches to train these aspects of the game more during practice.
The rules not allowing athletes to switch positions during the rally lets every athlete experience the challenges of each position and helps them develop a wider range of abilities and a deeper understanding of the game.