Seven years ago in 2010 Coach April brought her unique volleyball class
to Stupak Community Center near the Stratosphere in Las Vegas,
Along with "Coach D" Dermot Thomas and Coach Rick McNelis and his
daughter Rochelle, the Volleyball Voice Boot Camp Class on Saturday
mornings quickly became a weekly "must attend" event.
I created a circuit training class with a strength and
conditioning component, the Volleyball Voice Boot Camp class
was the first of its kind in Vegas and Saturday classes regularly reached
its max capacity, which often forced us to turn latecomers away.
Based on personal experience, I insisted that strength and conditioning
be an important and necessary element to the Boot Camp classes.
Conditioning is how to grow and develop faster, stronger players who
jump higher than their opponents.
Strength training insures
Best of all strength and conditioning is a great equalizer for smaller
players playing a big girl's game. Volleyball is a big girl's game the older
a player gets.
With conditioning and weight training, short girls can develop muscles
that allow them to out jump tall girls. They also develop speed to out run
slower, taller teammates.
Conditioning and strength training, flexibility and balance work, these
elements were all components of our Boot Camp classes and were
included to contribute to the development of a complete elite athlete.
Were we successful?
Each year, we increased the number of incoming freshmen who made
their Las Vegas varsity high school team.
We kept developing 8th graders who were strong enough and
technically skilled enough to beat out the older high school returning
players for a spot on their varsity team.
Many of them earning starting positions immediately.
For seven years we hosted the widely popular 9am Saturday Morning
Boot Camp Class at Stupak.
After that we hosted the Breakfast Club, from 10:30 to noon, an invitation
only advanced volleyball training clinic just for varsity players.
On Saturday, November 18 we will host our last Saturday morning
Volleyball Voice Boot Camp class and Breakfast Club at Stupak.
(off the I - 15 Exit Sahara: Stupak is one block west of the Stratosphere across the street from the parking lot)
(Off 515 take Eastern Exit to corner of Mojave and Eastern)
(off 95 South at Jones)
(adj to Palo Verde High School in Summerlin)