Middle school volleyballers step back into routine at Craig Parks and Rec camp
Whether brushing up on the game skills they picked up last fall or stepping into the sport for the first time, the athletes at the Craig Parks and Recreation Volleyball Camp kept netting more experience this week.
With more than 30 middle school girls gathering in the gym of Sandrock Elementary School, coaches kept players on their toes with drills and games to master the game.
“Right now it’s really about working on the fundamental volleyball skills,” Bre Ford said. “It’s just about getting the basics down and getting ready for the season.”
Ford will be the head coach for the seventh-grade program at Craig Middle School this fall, while Shaylyn White will oversee eighth-graders.
While sixth-graders who were in attendance won’t be eligible to compete for the Bulldogs for another year, the preparation and introduction to the sport will be vital, White said.
“It can be intimidating to come in here and see that there are older girls jump-serving, so it’s really nice to have eighth-graders who are leaders and see that interaction,” White said.
Likewise, players who participated in last year’s camp — as well as a clinic hosted earlier this summer by Moffat County High School — will be ready for the seventh-grade season.
As for those returning for eighth-grade, players continued to show their proficiency and taking on the more difficult parts of the court. White said the week before school begins, volleyball teams will host early morning practices at 6:30 a.m. which she hopes to make fun.
“I’m excited for everything to start and to get to know the girls and the girls to know me,” she said.
Aftyn Kawcak said she looks forward to her second season of CMS sports and she feels far more confident hitting and setting — pretty much any part that involves physical contact with the ball.
“Learning how to jump-serve has been pretty fun,” she said. “All the girls on the team have really improved a lot, and we’ve had fun learning to work together.”
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