CRESTVIEW — More than 40 volleyball players grades three through eight were on hand Thursday for the opening day of the third annual Crestview High School Volleyball Camp. Bulldog volleyball coach Kathy Combest and 20 of her players led the camp, which was structured on teaching the fundamentals of passing, hitting, setting and serving.


CRESTVIEW — More than 40 volleyball players grades three through eight were on hand Thursday for the opening day of the third annual Crestview High School Volleyball Camp.



Bulldog volleyball coach Kathy Combest and 20 of her players led the camp, which was structured on teaching the fundamentals of passing, hitting, setting and serving.



“I want to teach them to pass ball fundamentally,” Combest said, “and to get their feet involved — to not jump when they pass. I think footwork is just as important as it is for their hands to do the correct things.



“But these kids want to jump. They are getting better at it (not jumping) and learning to direct the ball.”



The formula to keep players from jumping is simple repetition and continually reminding them not to jump, Combest said.



Passing was perhaps the most important skill taught for aspiring middle school players.



“If they can pass, they can make a middle school team,” Combest said. “I am trying to help those seventh- and eighth-graders that are trying out (for a middle school team). I want to give them a little edge before they try out.”



Because so many of the players are younger, Combest doesn’t use the camp to identify future Bulldogs.



She does think as the camp bolsters the play of Davidson Middle School and Shoal River Middle School that it will pay dividends for her program in the future.



“I think in another year we are going to see where this camp is going to help the middle school programs, and in essence help us,” Combest said.



Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at randyd@crestviewbulletin.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.