For the fourth year in a row South Stokes volleyball program opened their gym to middle school athletes for a three-day camp to work alongside coaches and current players.
“I want them to develop their skills, improve and learn to love the game,” said Sauras head coach Doug Balser. “I think when they get that passion for the game it helps them want to keep going on and on.”
Although the camp focuses on basic fundamentals Balser added advanced elements as well.
“In the back gym we’re teaching them how to jump serve. Now there’s not many middle school kids that are going to be jump serving, but if they see it on television and try to start doing it, I want them to know how to do it the correct way,” he said.
The coach also incorporates conditioning stations of weighted ropes, jump boxes, and ladder drills to give the campers a feel of what his players do throughout their regular season.
“Anytime girls can touch the ball it’s going to help and it’s great. When we get them in here and we do a skills camp we don’t do the silly little relay races, we’re working on making better players,” he said.
Balser’s athletes play a large role in the camp and that’s important to him.
“It’s tremendous. We have coaches here making sure everything’s being done correctly, but they’ll tell you when you teach something you learn it’s better than even doing it sometimes.”
Ashley Hicks, a former East Surry player helped coach the camp and will be a part of South’s volleyball program as an assistant coach this fall. Nicole Caudill also helped lead the three-day camp and is part of the Champion Volleyball Club.
The Lady Sauras program will hold tryouts for the JV and varsity teams Saturday, August 1 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Practice and workouts kickoff Monday, August 3.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.