Jimmies hosts volleyball camps throughout the summer – Jamestown Sun

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JAMESTOWN — Before setting foot on campus and becoming Jamestown University student-athletes, some current Jimmies got their start by attending Jimmies Volleyball Camps, held annually throughout the summer.

The camp has been around since at least the mid-2000s and has produced names such as Anna and Ellie Holen, Kaydn Mehring, Megan Moser and Kalli and Grace Hegerle for Jimmies head coach Jon Hegerle and his predecessor, Chris Mahoney .

The first summer 2022 camp ran June 15-17 for middle school players, followed by another for high schoolers who know their position on the pitch, which ran June 19-22. After these two camps, Hegerle and his staff organized two team camps and another junior and senior camp before a tune-up camp at the end of July.

“Obviously we have a lot of campers and our staff love to come back,” Hegerle said. “We have a lot of alum and we are catching up. There are coaches here that I have known for 30 years that I have coached with and who are great coaches. It’s about volleyball, it’s about relationships. It’s kind of a love-hate relationship. I love that part, but it’s also a lot of work, so when it’s over, we breathe a big sigh of relief.

The camps have grown over the years as the camp saw a jump of 160 campers per camp in the 2020 camp from the 220 players who were at senior camp and 350 players at team camp. The number of players forces the Jimmies to get creative as they lease the basketball court from Jamestown High School and use the ground in the Newman Arena as well as set up courts inside the Larson Sport Center.

“One of the things I decided when I got here is that I definitely have to go out and recruit, but it would be great if we could find a way to get some good players here and be on campus.” , Hegerle said. “There are a lot of players we’ve signed who have been important players for us since we first saw them at our camp.”

One of the most difficult parts of the camp from Hegerle’s point of view is the organization part of the camp.

“I don’t work with campers as much as I would like,” Hegerle said. “It’s just because I’m the one who organizes where everyone goes and knows where everyone is and makes sure everyone is where they’re supposed to be. There’s a whole bunch of facets to every Usually I’m here at 5:30, 6:00 in the morning and I usually don’t leave until 10:30 at night.

Hegerle said campers aren’t just assessed and scouted based on the eye test, which goes into the organizational volume that goes into each camp.

“I probably have 35 columns of information on each child, from individual skill ratings to physical ratings to play ratings,” Hegerle said. “So I’m constantly sorting them out by certain criteria to put them into new competition groups so it stays fresh.”

One player, who was at junior camp 2021, returned this year for senior camp and will play for the Jimmies in the fall, is Cheyanne Scalese. Scalese isn’t the only future Jimmie at camp, as she’s one of seven at senior camp. Thanks to the opportunity to meet her future teammates, Scalise said it helped her feel comfortable and make friends.

“Last year when I came I had so much fun and knowing that I love the program so much, it definitely made me want to come here,” Scalese said.

Eighteen of the people who work at the camp are current Jimmies volleyball players, which helps Scalese and future Jimmies get to know their future teammates.

“It has been interesting. They’re all super fun and I loved getting to know them,” Scalese said.

Hegerle said current and future Jimmies interacting with each other is important to team development, specifically accelerating the progression of incoming freshmen into the system, and assisting with off-the-floor adjustments.

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