High Performance Pathway
Volleyball South Australia's (VSA) Academy Program is designed to identify, develop and nurture young athletes holistically (physical, skills, mental) so they can aspire to compete at national and international levels in volleyball. Under the VSA Academy program, athletes have access to experienced coaches, as well as fantastic facilities and resources, provided by the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI), and Volleyball Australia's (VA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) based at SASI. These partnerships help deliver an innovative and elite volleyball program. The South Australian athlete pathway is designed to provide a unified and clear pathway so athletes can represent South Australia at State and National Junior level, and provide a pathway to the National Centre of Excellence, which aim is to achieve Olympic podium success.
The VSA Academy was established to:
- create links to clubs, South Australia Beach Volleyball Series (SABVS) and athlete lifelong involvement in volleyball
- develop athlete's that are capable of being selected into both the South Australian Beach and Indoor State Volleyball teams
- progress athletes from the VSA Academy Emerging Talent Squad (ETS), into the VSA Academy Development Training Squad (DTS) into the VSA Academy
Intensive Training Squad (ITS). The best athletes may then achieve an athlete scholarship into Volleyball Australian's Centre of Excellence program
- expose athletes to sound technical development in both Beach and Indoor at an early age, which will long term develop athletes fundamentals
Fundamentals such as:
develop strength with own body-weight exercises
introduce basic flexibility exercises
develop speed and agility, quickness and change of direction exercises
develop knowledge of warm up, cool down, stretching
hydration, nutrition, recovery and high performance behaviours
Overall the VSA Academy training/practice has a 70:30 practice/competition structure, to find balance for athletes overall development.