We believe that it is important, for players from beginner to varsity level, to develop a solid general skill foundation (serve, pass, hit, block, dig, set) even if they have a specialized positions. Skills will be broken down so that players will leave camp with a strong understanding of what it takes to perform each skill efficiently and effectively. Coaches will demonstrate and run drills to help players learn and refine technique. More experienced players will work on skill mechanics, but also will be drilled in various team-like situations (serve receive, defense, free ball, transition). Less experienced players will learn and review each of the basic skills plus will learn or improve their knowledge about rotations, offensive and defensive formations and transition from one to the other. Games near the end of the day or the week, may be more small sided competitions (3’s, 4’s or 5’s) without positions. (or for higher levels with a variety of positions on court, we’ll play for 6 on 6 games with most in their specialized position. POSITION AND COMPETITION SESSION
Position/Competition Training will be available during the following sessions:
2017 SESSIONS TBA
Players with competitive experience will spend part of the session training with a Position Coach (setting, back row, or hitting: sometimes hitting will separate left, right and middle hitters). In the remaining session time, positions will be combined into groups of similar skill level to work on serve/receive plus team concepts: offense, defense, and transition, working towards competition. Beginners (girls and boys) will be on a separate court and will be introduced to all positions and team concepts to develop more understanding of the rotations and strategies involved in competitive volleyball. Beginners who attend the Position and Competition Session must be attending the morning session (same week) or a previous Masspike Volleyball Camp/Clinic or provide the name of other clinics you have attended.
COMBO TRAINING SESSIONS
Combo Campsprovide players with the opportunity to train all aspects of the game - see explanation below.. The main difference between Masspike Combo Training and Skills, Drills and Games, is that Position Training is included in most Combo sessions.
Combo Training Available:
Feb 20-23 Feb Vacation AM (boys) PM Girls Half Day Combo Other 2017 Sessions TBA
Combo Training covers most facets of the game, from skill mechanics (serving, passing, hitting, blocking, digging, setting), position training, team like drills covering various offensive, defensive and transition situations and play. Players are grouped on court with others of similar experience and skill level. the allocation of time spent on each facet depends on the court level and duration of the camp. (less experienced players will focus more on individual skills but at most sessions, will cover team competition concepts. Combo training is similar to Skills, Drills and Games PLUS it adds POSITION Training or an Intro to Positions (for beginners)
There are some sessions that when combined together create a Combo Training scenerio, e.g. attending both AM and PM sessions of Aug Week 2 or attending both Skills, Drills and Games July Week 1 and Position/Competition Training July Week 2 morning sessions.
For Full Day Combo (10am-4pm) a typical day might look like this
10-10:30 Dynamic Stretching and Ball Handling Drills 10:30-12 Individual skill work (e,g, Passing) 2nd individual skill work (e.g. Serving) Combine skills 3 person receive drill leading to Serve receive to attack 12-12:30 Game like drill involving team serve receive and transition 12:30 LUNCH 1:30-3 POSITION TRAINING (setters, hitters/blockers, back row) 3-4 Game like drills and competition (back on morning court
PART DAY COMBO (1-5 DAYS): a sample format would be
40 min Warmup, Ball Handling 40 min Position Training: Hit, Set,or Back Row 40 min Serve and Receive or 6 person drills 30 Team-like Drills and Competition
This is usually done in a full day setting (5-6 hours/day for a full week), so players can get more in depth training in multiple areas. However, there are some half day sessions offered to allow you to focus on all 3 areas but for a shorter amount of time. If you attend Drills, Skills and Games one week and take Position and Competition the next week, you are getting the equivalent training to a Full Day, Full Week Combo Session.
When the day is shorter, we cannot cover everything in as much depth, but we touch on many of the aspects of the game, and except for beginners, players will choose a specific position to work on during the duration of the day-long or week- long session. Beginners will be exposed to different positions, so that they can get a feel for what might best suit them.
SPECIALIZED TEAM TRAINING: Teams that would like to attend camp together and work as a team are encouraged to attend Position and Competition Sessions or a Combo Training Session in order to first get training for the individual positions and then come back together on court, to drill on team concepts with players from their own team. You will be assigned a specific court coach to oversee your team’s needs. The Masspike Camp Director, Karyn Altman will talk to you (captains and possibly your high school coach) before camp and your court coach will check with you throughout camp to ensure that you cover topics that are of interest to your particular team. Attending camp together is a great team bonding experience. Allowing each player to train specifically on their position first, before bringing your team together, produces a much more effective team training session. Each person knows their responsibility and improves their necessary skills, before coming together to work on team concepts.
Please contact, Karyn Altman to discuss your team’s training possibilities. The earlier you email, the more flexibility we have with your camp times and format. The Camp fee will be the same as what individual players pay, unless you have 12 or more players attending together. In that case, call/email to discuss a group discount.
1 HOUR HITTING/SERVING LESSON: SMALL GROUP SKILL LESSONS: 3-5 players per coach
2017 SESSIONS TBA
1 Hour of Serving/Hitting Training: 1 coach with 3-5 players of similar skill. These 1 hour skill sessions will have the feel of a private lesson, but shared with 3-5 other players of similar skill level. Players will perform multiple reps while coaches help them break down the skill. With a small group, you will receive very personalized feedback from your coach. Video analysis is one of the tools used to help players. Players will focus on technique, consistency, power, serving/hitting direction. Less skilled players will work on gaining more skill knowledge and mechanical consistency. Higher skilled players will learn to use their skill more aggressively as a scoring tool, improving techniques and strategies. The small groups will allow each player to work on parts of their skills that are appropriate for them. Players will be groups with others of similar skill ability.
PRIVATE LESSONS Right now, private lessons are on hold for now. We will revisit this option in late May.