Back to Basics Volleyball camp starts on Monday
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Oct 19, 2013
Veteran volleyball player Jackie Conyers is no stranger to playing five set matches and waiting on perfect sets to “kill” the ball, so when she was told earlier in May that her annual summer camp had to be pushed back, the former national team standout knew it would be worth the wait.
A number of high-level coaches from around the United States, mainly the state of Atlanta, Georgia, will be in town to conduct the three-day camp. The 9th annual Back to Basics Volleyball camp will start on Monday and wrap on Wednesday. Since it is not being held during the summer months, the camp will start at 4 p.m. and end 8 p.m., over at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs gymnasium.
“We had a little problem getting access to the gym, but that didn’t stop us from wanting to put on the camp,” said Conyers.
“The camp was in high demand, a lot of persons were asking why wasn’t it held during the summer like it usually is, and if it was being held at all. As we try to develop more of our younger players, we saw it fitting to deliver and host the camp.
“Since the camp is being held on school days, we graciously asked the executives of the Government Secondary Schools Sporting Association (GSSSA) to cancel all games on those days, that will allow the teams from the various government schools to attend. De’Vince Smith, the president of the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA), sent in that request letter. De’Vince is also the development officer in the federation so we all have the future of the sport at heart. We know that our students aren’t on the level that they are suppose to be playing on, in the high school system and during those three days, we will try our best to work with them. Invites to the weekly developmental program hosted by the NPVA will also be extended to the all members.”
The Back to Basics Volleyball camp is designed to teach the basics skills of bump, set, spike, blocking, serving and defense. The coaches that will be working with the campers are all staff members of the Atlanta Boom Volleyball Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.