Whether you just want to have fun or train just as a hard as a college volleyball player, Surry Community College has something for everyone with its summer volleyball camp.
The volleyball camp will be held July 18-21 for boys and girls ages 6-16 and volleyball players of all skill levels are welcome. Participants will be placed according to age and/or ability into two different camp sessions. The first session will run from 9 a.m. to noon and consist of individuals with less than one year of experience. The second session will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and consist of individuals with more than a year of volleyball experience.
“Our camp is about learning, fundamentals and fun. It gives them a chance to meet our girls and get to know them. A lot of these kids come back and watch us play,” Surry Community College volleyball coach Jam Marion-Kiser said. “At the end of the day that is what I want them to see, to see what they have to work for toward the future, to get to know our girls, and for our college girls it is a really good thing for them to give back, but to also teach a game they love. It is JUCO volleyball, but for these kids they look at it like a kid that plays at Wake Forest. I tell them it is such a big deal and you don’t realize what influence you have over these other kids. You may touch a girl’s life and she may love the game just as much as you do.”
Camp registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the session’s start time on the first day of camp at 8:30 a.m. for session one and 12:30 p.m. for session two. The Knights’ Grill will be available for lunch purchases each day throughout the clinic. Camp activities will consist of instruction in the following areas: passing, setting, hitting, offensive and defensive drills, and core and agility work. A registration fee of $40 is required and includes a T-shirt. Families registering two or more participants may do so at a discounted rate of $30 per player. For additional information, contact Jan Marion at (336) 468-7191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We try to make it as affordable as we can, which helps especially with the younger kids. They are just starting out and we try to make it fun,” Marion-Kiser said, noting the price of the camp has not gone up since it started seven years ago. “We are teaching them skills, but also having fun with games.”
For some of the older girls that are in middle school and starting to play high school volleyball, many are in midst of Junior Olympic volleyball. Marion-Kiser said the camp gives those girls a chance to build upon their existing skills and to also learn the work ethic needed to succeed at a higher level.
“We work them a little harder. They get the full-fledged workout of working with the college girls. We try to condition them like we would the college girls,” she said. “We work on the basic fundamentals, but a lot of them have played enough we can put them in a rotation and show them how to work out of a rotation. It basically covers all the fundamentals and at the end of the week we try to split them up into groups and play against each other and have some competitive play. We want them to learn something while there and build on their skillset, but for me I want to see them enjoy a game I love coaching and I loved playing.”