the 9th year in a row, we will be running our ever popular beach
volleyball camp for girls (ages 12-18) in San Diego County, sponsored
by Wilson Sporting Goods, Voolii Lifestyle, KindaGood.com, Volleyball
Magazine, and Style Science Sport Optics.
July 29th to August 2nd, 2013 - Del Mar Dog Beach
August 12th to 16th, 2013 - South Mission (Pacific Beach) Volleyball Courts
Time - 8:00-11:00am
Cost of camp this year is $220.00 before May 17th. After
May 17th the cost jumps to $250.00. The camp will consist of 4 days of
individual and small group all skills instruction led by current/former Pro
players and top local high school/club volleyball coaches. The camp will
conclude on Friday with a 2 x 2 tournament, with sponsor prizes awarded to
the champions. This is an all skills camp and will focus on improving
all facets of the player's technique and mental/physical approach to the game. Participants
will be matched with the coach and players best suited to their abilities/experience,
with a maximum of 12 players per coach. Space is limited so
sign up early! All profits from the camp are donated to a local youth
volleyball nonprofit organization.
Matt Olson teaching approach footwork
Mike Morrison teaches Kevin the "Gator"
Laura Ratto teaching the "pokie"
Demi goes up high for a kill
Danny Kinda (KindaGood.com) prepares his young challenger for competition.
TJ goes back to dig a "jumbo shrimp"
With all the options for summer volleyball camps throughout San Diego County, it is important to understand exactly why the San Diego Volleyball Camp is your best option; aside from the high level, personalized instruction. Every year the top high school and club teams, like perennial state champion Mira Costa High School, practice on the beach in the offseason. Why?
- #1) Because there are only 2 players on the court at any one time, every player gets many more repetitions and action on the court. Check out John Kessel's blog post about this exact point. And he couldn't be more right! Another article from Kessel from 2008.
- #2) The
NCAA has approved Sand Volleyball as a collegiate sport, scholarships
and all which have already begun to be distributed. This
is a great opportunity that should be taken advantage of!
- #3) The director of USA Beach Volleyball, Aharoni recently said, “Look at the impact that beach players such as Summer Ross (Pepperdine), Lara Dykstra (Nebraska, now Pepperdine) and Jane Croson (Hawaii) had in their freshmen years indoors,” Aharoni said. “I think kids with a beach background are more ready to compete right away.”
- #4) On the beach, there are no specializations like libero or setter, so every player must be capable of performing every skill. This makes for a more well rounded, better player in the long run. Former US Women's National Team coach Hugh McCutcheon made these comments: "We need 'specialized generalists.' We need athletes that can play a position but can also play the entire game (they can all dig, set, block, etc.) The best time for athletes to learn all the fundamental skills is when they are young. So by making players specialize too early, we don't allow them to learn how to play the whole game." Jay Satterfield wrote in Volleyball magazine "Doubles is one way to develop all of your skills while building hops and lateral dexterity (which improves passing)." Ashley Engle (University of Texas star, Volleyball magazine) said "It's different playing on the beach with movement. You are increasing your vertical and it makes you faster. Indoors it makes me feel 10 times faster." University of Georgia player Carla Dietz (Volleyball magazine) said " Indoors, technically you could not touch a ball during a rally, with the beach game you are constantly involved and getting touches. It helps with your performance level."
- #4) Moving and playing volleyball in the sand can be very difficult, as many of you may have experienced. While going from indoor to beach is difficult, going back from beach to indoor is great for the player! Beach builds quick twitch muscle fibers, especially in your legs. When you get back onto solid ground, such as indoor volleyball, you will be much quicker and stronger vertically (your hops will improve!) and laterally.
- #5) Last and maybe most important is prevention of overuse volleyball injuries. More and more, coaches today are recognizing the impact that year round indoor volleyball can have on the player's joints (knees, ankles, hips, shoulders, etc.) Many older players train strictly on the beach in the offseason because the sand is far more forgiving on the joints and helps to build the muscles around the joints which serves to protect them once they return to the hardwood. Need proof? Ask John Dunning (Stanford) who keeps jump counts on his players in season, and won't even let them jump indoors in the offseason.
Registration fees include a $50.00 nonrefundable deposit.