Fundamental focus once again
Baldwin High School volleyball coach Kelly Brown liked what she saw from her team at her second annual summer camp.
Last week, Brown hosted three volleyball camps, including one for her BHS team. The high school camp drew 30 players, while the junior high and youth camps combined to bring in 40 girls.
Brown deemed all three camps successful, especially the turnout.
"I was very pleased with the number of girls we had at the camps," Brown said. "It's nice to see that many players at a younger age."
The BHS camp took place every morning last week. The junior high camp ran second with the youth camp taking place in the afternoon.
Once again Brown focused the camp on fundamentals, because she is a strong believer in her players knowing the basics.
"I'm a big fundamental person," Brown said. "We worked a lot on serving, passing, hitting and defense."
BHS sophomore Katie Brecheisen agreed with her coach, saying the camp was a basic review of volleyball fundamentals.
"I learned a few new things, but more so it just refreshed my memory on some things," Brecheisen said. "We covered all the basics again and played together."
Although the camps focused on fundamentals, Brown made sure the campers goofed around and had fun. On the final day of camp, the two junior high and high school campers scrimmaged.
Brown was pleased with the results of the BHS scrimmages.
"The scrimmages on Friday went really well," Brown said. "We are going to have a small, but strong senior group. We will be looking for the juniors to help us out, also."
The upperclassmen will primarily play on the varsity team, but Brown said some underclassmen might impact the team during the season.
"We have a strong group of sophomores," Brown said. "There is an abundance of them actually. We also have some freshmen who will help us out, including one that will even see some varsity minutes."
Brecheisen did enjoy playing with her older teammates during camp, because she wasn't able to last year as a freshman.
"I really like playing with them," Brecheisen said. "As a freshman last year, I didn't get to play with upperclassmen. So, it was really cool to be able to play with people that love the sport as much as I do."
The junior high and youth camps were also successful last week. Brown especially enjoyed the youth camp, which was held for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
Approximately a dozen BHS players volunteered to help Brown with the youth camp, which was a huge success in her eyes.
"That camp would not have been possible without the dozen or so high school girls that helped run the camp," Brown said. "They were very helpful in teaching the girls fundamentals, as well as having fun with the younger players. They were great role models for the girls."
Brecheisen was one of the BHS players who spent time at the youth camp last week. She enjoyed every minute of the camp.
"Working with the kids was so much fun," Brecheisen said. "I really loved being able to help them out with their questions and footwork and everything else they had problems with. It was fun to be able to have somebody that looks up to you. It was also really fun to help them out and maybe laugh along with them when they make silly mistakes."
Now that camp has passed, Brown and her players are ready for their season to start Aug. 13.
"I am so excited for the season," Brecheisen said. "I really can't wait. I am hoping that we can play well as a team this year and maybe have a winning season."
Brown is also ready, but she hopes her players keep training during the next two to three weeks.
"I am looking forward to the season," Brown said. "I've encouraged the girls to continue summer weights and even work out at Bulldog Days. This year will be a new year for Baldwin volleyball. I know the girls are ready for the season, too."