GREENVILLE — Nearly two weeks worth of volleyball camp will come to a completion today at Greenville High School.
The camp began last week with sixth through tenth grade students and continued this week for the younger athletes in third through fifth grade. Between the two, more than 90 campers participated in learning or improving in the game of volleyball.
The older camp was run by junior varsity coach Nate deForest.
“There is an individual hitting camp, which focuses on the players footwork and their arm swings,” Greenville varsity coach Amy Rupno said. “Then they work on the basics like rotation and positioning on the court.”
The camp this week focuses on introducing area athletes to the game of volleyball. Rupno is assisted at the camp with current members of the varsity team.
“The main purpose of this camp is to get them involved in the sport,” Rupno said. “I’m planning on, hopefully getting a program together in the fall after school where the varsity team can work with the youth more often.”
Each night, the camp touches on a new skill needed for the game.
“We slow everything down and we break it down to one skill a night,” Rupno said. “Monday we focused on serving and making sure they had the proper technique. Tuesday was passing and tonight (Wednesday) we are focusing on our approaches and tomorrow (Thursday) we break down setting and play it out.”
Rupno said passing is the easiest of the skills to teach.
“Passing is probably the easiest to teach and it has been our best night so far,” Rupno said. “Hitting is usually the toughest because there is so much involved in one skill. There is footwork, plus their arm work and then putting it all together.”
Following the youth camp, Rupno holds a varsity team camp. This year 20 players are trying to make their way onto the team.
The focus of this camp is to bring together junior varsity players, from a year ago, with current members of the varsity team.
“We are meshing two teams together and we need to be on the same page,” Rupno said. “I usually like to get us up to speed before Ferris State (a team volleyball camp). Varsity is obviously ran at a faster pace than junior varsity, so the new girls moving up, we need to get them at the same level as the veterans.”
Greenville will participate in a team camp at Ferris State University July 19-21. Fall practice begins on Aug. 14.
“We are hoping to get some scrimmages in before the season like we did last year,” Rupno said. “After that the season will be here.”
Greenville will open the season at Belding on Aug. 24 in The Daily News Invitational.