Volleyball: Camp Teaches Basics to Enthusiastic Players

Volleyball: Camp Teaches Basics to Enthusiastic Players

With no high school volleyball played in 2020 due to COVID, it has been a while since the nets were put to use at Holtville High School.

No worries, they still work as the Holtville High volleyball team hosted its 2021 Summer Volleyball Camp for three days this week, wrapping things up on Wednesday, June 30.

Designed for players between the ages of 5 and 14, with a few 4-year-olds mixed in, the camp focused on teaching the fundamentals of the game, such as passing, serving and hitting.

“We are teaching the basic skills to all levels and making sure their foundation is set in stone,” said Chelsey Strahm, Holtville High’s head volleyball coach. “We are also making sure to challenge the girls that have obviously played before.”

Strahm said 75 girls, and four boys, attended the camp, a sure sign the youngsters are anxious to get out and participate in the sport after more than a year away.

I wasn’t sure what to expect after being off a year and a half,” Strahm said. “I think these kids are just happy to get out and play volleyball.”

Sophie Iten, 8, and her sister Brielle Iten, 5, are taking part in the camp. It is the second time for Sophie at the camp with this being Brielle’s first experience with volleyball.

“I like learning the moves, like passing and setting,” said Sophie, a soon-to-be fourth-grader at Finley Elementary School in Holtville. “We have competitions too. The relays are fun where you have to run and dive and pass.”

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