When Carly Dyess took over as head coach of the New Waverly volleyball team earlier this year, one of her first orders of business was to start a summer volleyball camp back up.
This plan will come to fruition later this month, as the Lady Bulldogs host a camp at New Waverly High School from July 24-26.
The camp costs $50, and will be split up into two sessions. Incoming fifth- through eighth-graders will take the court from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day, followed by ninth- through 12-graders from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
"We're excited," Dyess said. "New Waverly hasn't had a camp in quite a few years, so I'm trying to get the word out. It's going to be fun, and we're going to learn some new things."
The coach aims for the camp to be informative, while also entertaining, at the same time.
“We're going to focus on a lot of the basics,” she said. “It's about a week before two-a-days, so we're going to focus on a lot of passing and setting skills. There will be position work ... but it will also be fun for the girls.”
New Waverly volleyball coaches will lead the younger group, with Dyess’ cousin — Conroe Oak Ridge head coach Rachel Croley — working with the high schoolers.
Croley, who was a decorated student-athlete at Texas A&M-Commerce before moving into coaching, was named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association’s 30 Under 30 high school coaches list last year.
“It's good for athletes to see different coaches,” Dyess said. “All coaches coach differently and have different styles. The technique is the same, but they may coach it in a different way that some girls may grasp quicker. I think it will be good for them, because Coach Croley has been very successful.”
As the younger campers that will be working with the Lady Dogs’ junior high and high school coaches, there is an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what New Waverly volleyball is all about.
“We're starting at a young age with incoming fifth-graders,” Dyess said. “That's two years before they get into athletics, so we can already start incorporating some things about what we want done. They can start learning the skills and get interested in volleyball at a young age. ... Overall, I just think it's going to be great for the girls.”
For more information, contact Coach Dyess at firstname.lastname@example.org.