Incoming eighth-grader Emma Samuelson bumps the ball Tuesday at MCHS gym during a volleyball camp for middle school players. The camp continues today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and concludes Thursday.

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Incoming eighth-grader Emma Samuelson bumps the ball Tuesday at MCHS gym during a volleyball camp for middle school players. The camp continues today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and concludes Thursday.

MCHS coach setting middle school players with volleyball skills

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Sidney Ferguson bumps the ball during a passing drill Tuesday at Moffat County High School. Ferguson, an incoming eighth-grader, at Craig Middle School, said she thought camp “was a lot of fun.”

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Moffat County High School volleyball coach Sandy Camilletti leads her team and campers in a footwork drill Tuesday in the MCHS gym. Camilletti is hosting a camp that began Tuesday and ends Thursday for seventh and eighth grade girls.

At a glance …

What: Moffat County High School volleyball camp

Who: Hosted by coach Sandy Camilletti, for seventh and eighth grade girls

When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, today, Thursday

Where: at MCHS gym Tuesday and Wednesday, CMS gym Thursday

Quotable

“If you can’t pass you can’t do the fun stuff. You can’t hit or run plays or anything. So it’s very important to pass well.”

—Sandy Camilletti, MCHS volleyball coach, about why she is stressing passing skills at volleyball camp.

Girls starting and continuing middle school this year got a look at how volleyball is played at the high school level.

Moffat County High School volleyball coach Sandy Camilletti is hosting a camp for seventh and eighth-graders, which began Tuesday and will finish Thursday.

The camp is focusing on individual skills and teaching girls to play volleyball the proper way, Camilletti said.

“They get this three day camp where they learn how to do it well. (Today has) been slow because we’re trying to progressively teach the skills,” she said. “I really feel like its important to get reps, and make them good reps. Bad reps do nothing for you. That’s why I try to go pretty slow and go through each small detail.”

Tuesday’s camp spent time working on passing and serving, the two skills Camilletti considers to be the most important in volleyball.

“We could actually do passing everyday and it still wouldn’t be enough. You obviously have to be able to serve now because with rally scoring if you miss a serve the other team gets a point,” Camilletti said. “If you can’t pass you can’t do the fun stuff. You can’t hit or run plays or anything. So it’s very important to pass well.”

Wednesday and Thursday will help players develop more aspects of the game such as setting and learning to approach and hit properly when spiking the ball. Camilletti said each day would still come back to passing.

22 incoming seventh and eighth grade girls turned out for the camp Tuesday, which Camilletti said was a number she was happy with.

“I actually think the participation has been good,” she said. “This level is perfect for me, honestly.”

After Tuesday’s camp closed with contests and games, the campers were in good spirits.

Emma Samuelson, 13, enjoyed the camp. Samuelson, who will be in eighth grade this year and played volleyball in 2011, said Camilletti and the players were teaching campers well.

“It was a lot of fun, and I think some of the incoming seventh-graders learned quite a bit,” she said.

Sidney Ferguson, another incoming eighth-grader, had a good time on day one of camp as well.

“It was fun, I liked serving overhand,” Ferguson said. “I’m looking forward to the rest of it.”

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