August 4, 2010

Bulldog Volleyball Wraps Up Successful Camp Season

Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Butler volleyball program wrapped up its 2010 camp series at the end of July after spending four weeks conducting the program's most successful camp experience yet. The camps including the Nike Volleyball Camp, Junior Bulldog Skills Camps, High School Team Camp, Volleyball/Basketball Combo Camp and a mini-clinic skills camp, allowing each camper to meet her specific needs.

Nike Volleyball Camp is an all-around skills advanced camp that offers a residency option for players to get the true experience of what is like to train on the campus of an NCAA Division I institution.  Campers received six hours of training every day with game and tournament play in the evenings.  Campers were also exposed to film and video highlights. 

Junior Bulldog Camp had the highest number of participants and was offered two different weeks to accommodate all of the campers who wanted to come.  “Junior Bulldog Camp provides an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball, integrated with fun and exciting games drills and coaches that will hopefully have the campers fall in love with the sport of volleyball,” said Dawn Jones, Butler's director of volleyball operations. 

Jones continues: “With more than 130 campers in each of our two Junior Bulldog Camps from the greater Indianapolis area, campers have a chance to meet other players with the same passion and love of volleyball.”

High School Team Camp was an option for high school coaches to bring their entire team to camp and not only work on match play but also work in the classroom with sessions in team building, scouting opponents, lessons beyond the net and an opportunity to do the ropes course on the Butler campus.

Another popular option was the Volleyball/Basketball combo camp.  This camp featured both volleyball and basketball and gave campers the opportunity to work with two programs at Butler University.  The campers went to basketball camp in the morning before finishing their day with volleyball. 

This was the first summer that Butler volleyball offered the mini-clinic skills camp, directed by assistant coach Nina Inic.  The camp was offered to those that could not get into any of the other day camps because they were full.  “I’m glad we were able to spend a few hours working with the campers that couldn’t get into our other camps.  It was nice to add this option so that we could accommodate all of the kids that wanted to come to Butler volleyball camp,” said Inic. 

In total, Butler volleyball saw roughly 500 campers throughout the month of July and could not be more pleased with the outcome of all the camps.  “Our small groups allow coaches to give more one on one attention for those who are new to the sport and for those who are wanting advanced skill work,” added Jones.  Camps were available for all skill levels in grades 1-12.

“We can’t wait to see our campers back in the stands in Hinkle Fieldhouse to support us this season," head coach and camp director Sharon Clark said.

Butler volleyball begins the 2010 season at home with a match against Marian University Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Butler Invitational Sept. 10-11 with matches against UNC Wilmington, Army and Xavier.