Volleyball camp attendance surpasses expectations

Baker volleyball camp

Baker volleyball player Alex Roy watches a camper return a serve Friday afternoon.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 06:46 PM.

BAKER — Volleyball’s familiar sounds echoed through Baker School’s gym Friday afternoon as 80 kindergartners through seventh-graders took part in the Baker’s volleyball camp.

This is the second year for the camp that has practices on Monday and Friday and Saturday morning games.

"We started back in April and we will go through the end of May," Baker co-head coach James Kerrell said. We started having practice after school with the kids to give them time in here. We kind of run it like a clinic at first and then we break them into teams.

“The main thing that we stress is trying to build a love for the game and get them interested in volleyball."

Along with passing along a love for volleyball, the camp concentrates on necessary skills including passing, serving and hitting. However, Kerrell said the most time was spent on teaching proper passing skills.

The number of participants in this year's camp surprised Baker's other coach, Tomikko Parks.

"We were expecting a lot of girls," she said. "We were expecting it to be bigger than it was last year ... once the word got around that they are having a lot of fun as well as learning volleyball. We expected more, but 80 was far above my expectations.

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