Volleyball Kicks Off Busy Summer Camp Season

June 5, 2013

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – A turnout of nearly 150 up and coming volleyball players made the first week of Kansas volleyball camps a successful and energetic one, June 1-5.

The first camp week of the season kicked off with position clinics for hitters (June 1) and and defensive specialists, liberos and setters (June 2). Moving right into their busy week, the Jayhawk coaching staff and counselors stayed in the gym to host the first three-day overnight skills camps of the summer, June 3-5.

The emphasis of the individual overnight skills camp is to teach and develop the fundamental techniques of volleyball, as well as game strategies. Basic skills are stressed in drills, while team play is incorporated to teach how all the fundamentals fit in the game.

“Our players can learn from their ability to give information to other players,” head coach Ray Bechard said. “That and how they receive it, how they accept it and how they process it. It’s a good experience for our players to be in the role of a coach to help them understand what we as coaches go through sometimes.”

During the week, campers competed in the equivalent of 10 league and tournament matches. Each league team worked with an assigned camp staff member to help facilitate all the skills learned throughout the camp.

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