Surry Community College hosted a volleyball camp from June 22-25, and youth from Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin and Stokes came out in numbers.
The camp, for girls ages 6-16 featured two sessions — an early morning session for elementary-aged players and an afternoon session for middle school and high school.
“We had 64 or 65, which is a really good number. In the past, we held the camp in July. We moved it up to June,” Surry Head Coach Jan Marion-Kiser said. “It was such a success we will probably keep the date in late June.”
Marion-Kiser said the camp serves many purposes. First and foremost, it is to teach the basic fundamentals of volleyball to the younger campers. For the older campers, it is about helping them develop their skillsets.
“For the younger kids it is really just introducing them to the game, giving them another sport to play. In this area, so many young girls are interested in basketball and softball, but we want to introduce them to volleyball and get them interested in another sport,” she said. “For the older girls, it is helping them further develop their skills.”
While Marion-Kiser helps to instruct, especially with the younger kids, she likes to give her Surry Knights’ players the opportunity to coach sessions with older campers.
“I feel like the girls listen to them. They look to them a little more and listen to what they have to say, so they are able to provide excellent instruction,” Marion-Kiser said. “It is also really good for our players because it is the first interaction they get to have with the incoming freshmen, so it also serves as a team bonding session.”
Marion-Kiser said she also hopes to implement a Saturday clinic for area youth sometime this year once the season is over. The Knights start their season early this year, opening at home Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. with Sandhills Community College and Danville Community College in Dobson. Admission is free, and the Surry coach said she would love to have summer campers come back and support the team.