Volleyball camp attendance surpasses expectations

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 06:46 PM.

"Last year we probably ended up with about 55 or so, close to that. I was expecting about 60, or about that number, this year."

Fortunately for Kerrell and Parks, they had plenty of help from Baker's varsity and junior varsity volleyball players. Parks said about 12 or 15 players helped with the camp.

Parks said the biggest group of girls last year comprised fifth- and sixth-graders coming to the middle school, but this year the third- and fourth-grade group is big.

Many of the third- and fourth-grade girls are athletic, she said, adding she hopes they will stick with the sport.

The concept behind the camp is simple.

"Volleyball is a sport where you don't have a lot of youth leagues," Parks said. "There's not a training league for it so we wanted to make sure the kids got introduced to the sport early. In the past we would get kids that came in during the fifth or sixth grade.

"We would get some of them that came in after their fifth-grade year and they hadn't really played so we were having to teach them. The things that we are teaching them, as far as how to rotate, are the basic things about where to be on the court."

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