What Things Do You Look For When Choosing Volleyball College
Camps For Summer Training?
Players decide to attend volleyball summer camps with the intent of
improving the quality of their skills, in an environment where they are
surrounded by other players with similar goals.
Wow, that sounded great. Well guess what? Its true.
Since you are making a personal investment in yourself, you want to
make sure that you get the most out of your time, dedication,
commitment and money.
One tip I have that might help you get the most out of your
camp experience is to take the time, when you are reading the
volleyball college camp brochures or web sites, to check to see the ratio
between the number of volleyball campers there are to each instructor.
If you can attend a camp that has a 1:8 ratio, which means for every
group of eight campers there's only one coach, then you've found an
If you can do that, you will put yourself in a position where you should
be able to get your questions answered and your skills properly
evaluated and assessed.
You should also expect to get a tremendous amount of opportunities to
touch the ball repeatedly, participate in many different volleyball drills
depending on which of the volleyball college camps you've chosen and
also get the near-personalized training that you deserve to have.
University of San Francisco College
Volleyball Camps Spiking Demonstration
photo by Shaun Calhoun
which means that if you attend a camp with a 1:14 camp to coach ratio
you will be in a group with 13 other girls (you plus 13 others equals 14).
That's already almost twice as many girls per group than if you were in
a camp with a 1:8 ratio where only 7 girls would be in your group.
See the difference?
Usually this means that you may get a few less opportunities to touch
the ball and that you may have to wait longer or work a bit harder to
get the coaches attention so that you can get your questions
ratio which isn't a bad thing but many colleges can find ways to add
more sessions if they have a lot of campers so that they can keep their
camper-to coach ratio lower.
If you can find one with an even lower ratio then you are definitely on
the right track.
Another extremely valuable tip I'd like to share is to try and attend one
USC Head Coach Volleyball College Camps Director
photo by Neon Tommy
Nowadays its evident that the earlier you narrow down your
from, the better.
As a junior high school or high school freshman, it is the perfect time to
draw up a list of about 50 to 100 colleges you may think about
Even if you aren't sure as to what your major or your school of study or
specialization is going to be just doing this exercise will point you in the
right goal-setting direction.
type of volleyball camp that you want to attend, summer after summer,
year after year.
See, why it's best to get started early?
Now this is a way of getting on the campus to see the school or several
schools, possibly meet the coach, be coached by the volleyball team
members and play in the gym of some of the college teams at the top of
USF Head Coach and Volleyball Summer Camp Director, Gilad Doron
photo by Shaun Calhoun
Knowing and experiencing these things firsthand in camp, should help
you gather the information you need to make a decision on what college
you will attend and what team you want to play for in the future.
Check out more information about
local volleyball camps in the pages below.