Less than a week remains until the high school volleyball season is tipping off, and the PHS volleyball team hosted youth from around the area hoping to fine tune skills during a three-day …
Less than a week remains until the high school volleyball season is tipping off, and the PHS volleyball team hosted youth from around the area hoping to fine tune skills during a three-day camp.
The camp kicked off Monday and concluded Wednesday, bringing in more than two dozen youth to the PHS gym.
“I would love to see double this,” Panther volleyball coach Lesli Spencer said. “But it is still more than last year, that is our hope is to grow this camp every year. This is 25% more than last year, so we are super happy.”
She said that bringing in players at these ages helps them form habits they want to see at the high school level, and it is easier to break bad habits at a young age.
Spencer was impressed with the amount of Panther volleyball players who came out to help teach the camp, stressing the importance of them coming out to help.
“The support and admiration for the littles to see the bigs is good,” Spencer said.
Spencer said that bringing in the high school age girls is big for the program because it allows them to see the gym a week early, but also allows them to learn through coaching younger players.
“They understand what it’s like to coach, saying the same things over and over again at times or trying to relay to somebody what you want them to do and them not understanding and having to come up with different ways,” Spencer said. “It helps them be a better player when they have coaching right before, it’s huge to see how many players we have in the gym.”
The camp ran over two different sessions, hosting seventh and eighth graders in a two hour evening session, and youth below that age during a 1 1/2 hour session in the afternoon.
PHS kicks off the volleyball season on Monday, hosting two sessions a day with practices at 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.