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Volleyball camp – Everything you need to know

A volleyball camp can help you improve your technique and exposure to coaches

The competition for an athletic scholarship and spot on a college roster is intense. In the sport of volleyball, about 4% of those who played high school volleyball will make that jump. How can you join them and play college volleyball yourself? One of the ways that will help is taking part in volleyball training at a volleyball camp. These volleyball drills and other activities will provide you with additional skills that you can bring back to your high school and AAU volleyball or other club team as well as, in some cases, exposure that'll help impress college coaches.

Where are volleyball camps usually held? The majority of them take place on college campuses. These include ones run by the college teams themselves as well as some that are run by private organizations that rent out those facilities. A smaller number take place at other venues and, in some cases, other countries. Here are a few examples of camps that are organized by college volleyball teams:

Conversely, some are hosted at private facilities. Here are two examples:

Those Nike volleyball experiences are often held on college campuses as well. For example, one of these Nike volleyball excursions takes place at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Volleyball camp near me

"Is there a volleyball camp near me?" That's a question that you're likely asking yourself, and, generally, there will be. In most cases, you'll have several options. "Are there any college volleyball teams near me?" is another good question to answer since so many of these are hosted on college campuses. Universities are spread all across the country and are situated in all types and sizes of communities. The vast majority of people live within an hour's drive of at least one of these types of volleyball camps.

Also consider camps that are far from you. These can include ones hosted by schools that are a considerable distance. For example, if you're a star player in California and are looking to play at Duke, consider attending the Duke volleyball camp, which takes place in Durham, N.C. Also consider attending camps that are taking place near where your family is already planning to visit, whether on a trip of your prospective schools or as part of a family vacation.

Winter break and spring break can be great times to participate in a volleyball clinic. With that said, if you're looking for a summer volleyball camp, you'll have a greater selection. Summer volleyball activities can more easily be a focus for college coaches and college players as they are in their off seasons and, in most cases, not taking classes either.

Some other camps that many high school volleyball players consider traveling to are the NBC Volleyball Camps & Clinics. These are held in the following states as well as in Alberta, Canada:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Note that extensive travel to a volleyball camp will be necessary if your focus is beach volleyball and you're looking for a winter beach volleyball camp. Of course, there's nothing that limits indoor camps taking place anywhere at any time.

A volleyball camp can help you improve your technique and exposure to coaches

Volleyball camp types

Volleyball camps tend to either be open to all abilities or are divided into skill levels. These are often defined as beginner, youth, intermediate and elite. If you're one of the nation's best youth players and are looking to play high-level college volleyball, you can generally get the most out of elite camps. These will also tend to provide you with more visibility than other types of camps.

One example is the Championship Behavior Camp, which is a Clemson volleyball camp. This one is best for those with "four or more years playing at the advanced club and/or varsity level." Conversely, Clemson also offers a 3-Day Positional Camp, which is designed for those who are beginners or at the intermediate skill level. Meanwhile, younger players who are about to enter the fourth, fifth or sixth grades may take part in Clemson's Tiger Camp.

In some cases, those running elite camps don't specifically limit anybody from signing up. They simply describe what types of players should join and leave it up to those individuals to decide if it best fits them or not. However, some elite camps do require approval. If you're considering an elite camp, research it and see if you must be approved prior to completing registration.

Also consider that some camps are divided into positions – e.g. setter camp, middle blocker camp, outside hitter camp, libero camp.

Otherwise, camps will vary by how long they last. Day camps just last for a few hours while overnight camps can provide anywhere from two days to weeks of volleyball drills. In many cases, overnight camps incorporate a college's dorms with campers staying in them. Sometimes, an option to commute is available for these camps as well. In the latter case, you can usually find out what time you need to arrive and when you will depart in advance.

Some volleyball camps incorporate international travel throughout the camp's duration. One example is the Nike Volleyball Camp Super Tours. These players travel through several European countries, learn from top coaches and compete against some of the best youth teams that continent has to offer.

What volleyball training happens at a volleyball camp?

Although the specifics of a volleyball camp will vary from camp to camp, most will involve the following volleyball training activities:

  • Passing Drills
  • Setting Drills
  • Attacking Drills
  • Serving Drills
  • Defensive Drills
  • Speed Training
  • Endurance Training
  • Match Play
  • Team-Building Exercises

What should you pack for a camp?

In general, make sure that you bring the following items to a camp:

  • Shoes
  • Knee Pads
  • Water Bottle
  • Bag Lunch
  • Change of Clothes
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Towel

Volleyball equipment is generally provided. However, what's necessary to bring and what's not will vary from camp to camp, so make sure to check with the individual camp that you're attending to see exactly what to bring and what to leave home.

Camp information

Read up on information on the camp such as camp rules, camp schedule and the timeline for completing your registration and forms. All of that information will usually be on a camp's website, and some of those websites include a helpful FAQs section as well. You will often need to fill out information related to your health and any allergies. A physician's approval and parental consent form may be required too.

Volleyball showcases

Consider the difference between a camp and a showcase. A showcase is focused on providing you with exposure. For example, the ones offered by EXACT Sports allow you to perform in front of dozens of coaches and make connections with them and others. This experience can be a pivotal one during your volleyball recruiting process.

Who runs a volleyball clinic?

Most camps will have a camp director and camp staff assisting that person in the operation of the camp. For camps that are operated by college volleyball teams, the director is often that squad's head coach while their assistant coaches and some players serve as staff members. Regardless, camp operators ensure that top coaches and players are involved with teaching campers so that they can learn as much as possible while there. Bios for staff members are often available on the camp's website or on the college team's main web page.

A team volleyball camp such as the team-oriented Duke volleyball camp that that institution offers will usually involve one or more coaches from that visiting squad. The volleyball team camp that Duke offers provides access to one coach for free with each additional coach incurring an extra charge.

Canceling your camp registration

Will you be allowed to cancel your camp registration? Yes, but what you receive back depends. Every volleyball clinic has a different policy, so make sure that you know what this is before you sign up. For example, the refund policy for Colorado's college volleyball camp is that all cancellations will incur a fee of $50. Additionally, the canceling of an overnight camp within two weeks of its start will cost an additional $150. If a cancellation is made within 24 hours of the start for any camp, no refund will be provided in most cases.

How to decide which volleyball skills camp to attend

Consider several factors when deciding where to do your volleyball training. If you're a volleyball recruit, consider a showcase or a camp that has a showcase element to it as well as all camps that are hosted by schools that you're considering attending. "Can I play volleyball near me?" Proximity is another factor. All things being equal, you'll generally want to engage in volleyball drills closer to home than further away.

Also consider the expected skill level of the participants and ensure that you fit in. That way you'll get the most out of the experience and won't be overwhelmed or have little competition. Of course, if teammates or friends are attending one, that'll often play a role in your decision as well. However, note that it can be a growing experience to meet all new people while at a camp.

Recruiting resources

A volleyball recruit will have a lot on their plate during their high school years. You want to get the most out of that experience while also looking to find your best fit in college. To help you on this road, take advantage of the following resources.

Many find those Recruiting Guidelines especially useful. They provide accurate descriptions of the types of players that coaches at each level are looking for when filling out their rosters. Height is a major factor for some of this sport's positions. For example, the average height of a D1 women's outside hitter is 6' while men's D1 players who play that position average 6'3" to 6'6".

Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) aids high school student-athletes looking to make that jump from volleyball recruit to taking a spot on a college roster. Many of those players will also be awarded full or partial scholarships or, in lieu of that, greater chances of being accepted at academically prestigious institutions. Since NCSA was founded in 2000, more than 200,000 of its clients have reported securing a spot on a college team.

The process of joining NCSA is a simple one. The first step is to fill out a free profile. Afterwards, you can receive an objective recruiting assessment and advice on how to plan your recruiting process. This includes determining which camps would be best for you to attend. Through doing that and other activities such as distributing highlight videos, you'll be able to be better noticed by college coaches.

The vast majority of those who use this service, which includes 35,000 coaches, are pleased with it. NCSA has received a 4.9 score out of 5 from Google Reviews. If you'd like to join this community and see what it has to offer you, fill out that free profile today. It will help you present your athletic and academic resumes in a manner that catches coaches' eyes. Call 866 495-5172 if you have any questions about what NCSA can offer you.

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