KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo bumps up interest in volleyball, with its first-ever clinic for young players.
The Cougar Volleyball Camp, attended by approximately 50 athletes from first graders through high school, included instruction in setting, attacking and blocking, and passing, and beginning skills for young players, with instruction provided by current players.
It is also an opportunity to learn more about IU Kokomo’s volleyball team, which has been near the top of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) since joining in 2013.
“We are trying to raise awareness of the growing interest in volleyball in the community,” said Coach Heather Hayes. “This camp is the perfect opportunity for the community to meet the players and learn more about the program at IU Kokomo.”
Rachel Allen, a senior on IU Kokomo’s team, knows that camps are a key in developing as a volleyball player. Starting to learn the game young gives the players a chance to learn skills the right way, so they don’t have to break bad habits later.
Also, she noted some of the girls had never touched a volleyball before, and it was gratifying to see their progress over the short time they were at camp.
“It’s really fun to watch them learn and get better,” she said. “I enjoy sharing some of the skills I’ve learned over the years, and potentially starting someone on the path to being an outstanding player. Our athletes enjoy the opportunity to be role models for these young players.”
Mackenna Eldredge, 17, Frankfort, attended the camp hoping to gain skills for her final high school season.
“I am looking forward to stepping up my game for my senior year by learning new techniques this summer,” she said. “It was fun to learn from college athletes.”
This experience offered campers a chance to learn the important techniques, footwork, strategies, and the essential habits that volleyball players need to be successful. Three out of the four clinic sessions were for students from seventh grade through high school, with the beginner’s clinic for students in grades one through six. This wide age range will helps campers at all different skill levels find something that fits their specific needs.
The Lady Cougars kick off the 2015 season August 19 at Goshen College. The first home match, against Marian University, is scheduled on August 26 at the Cougar Gym.
For more information about Cougar athletics, go to iukcougars.com
Story written by Kambren Stanley. Kambren is an intern in the Office of Media & Marketing.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.