The Burroughs women’s volleyball team reported to the gym at 8:30 a.m. for the first day of the Gold Medal Squared (GMS) camp, which runs through Friday. Lady Burros University, Junior University and select freshmen attended the camp, which featured three guest coaches led by GMS Head Coach Ryan Dimal. Lady Burros head coach Stephanie Phillips spoke about the opportunity her players have to attend the GMS camp.
“It’s a huge opportunity for them to be exposed to college coaches and to work with college coaches. The Gold Medal Square is a volleyball teaching platform used at the Olympic level. USA Volleyball uses the Gold Medal Square, just like Cerro Coso right here in town,” she says. “These girls are learning the skills, volleyball lingo, and everything about the game that’s used here at Cerro Coso all the way up to the Olympic level. . The same exercises they teach us here are the same exercises they do at the Olympic level. We have a coach from Cal St. Bakersfield, a coach from Phoenix and another coach from the Vacaville area. All come to Ridgecrest for four days to teach our girls everything they know about the game of volleyball through their unique experience. .”
During camp, players work on all volleyball skills according to Phillips. Lady Burros’ coach received a manual from GMS that shows everything coaches will teach his players and why they teach it with study data. Throughout the eight-hour camp, players will work on hitting, serving, attacking, positioning, passing, defensive and offensive techniques. They will work with and without the ball focusing on footwork and movements to attack the net correctly to kill or block, how to place their hands when serving to get the correct spin and placement, and how react. and move to receive a serve or shot. While the players are doing the activities, the coaches constantly monitor them and give them tips to help them improve. With such a great opportunity, Phillips told his team to take advantage of it.
“Certainly take advantage of the fact that you get first-hand coaching from top university coaches. Even the arrival of the Bakersfield coach really hits home, it’s really close to us. It’s nice to have this coach in the mix. We’re lucky to have three coaches this time, instead of usually we get two,” Lady Burros’ coach said. “I told the girls to work hard, every touch of volleyball you’re trying to perfect, you’re trying to improve the ball, you’re trying to be the best volleyball player you can be, and in the aim to bring that to your team and work hard to have good team chemistry for the season that will be ready to compete.”
While the girls listened to the coaches explain the activity they were going to perform or during breaks to rest, there was excitement from the Lady Burros players. Phillips saw that his players appreciated the opportunity given to them even though they were tired and sore. She said it was a great opportunity for everyone to be exposed to college coaches and the next level of coaching. While camping lasts four days, Phillips is confident her players will get the most out of it as they prepare for the start of the school year and their season.
“At the end of this camp, this camp is four days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., that’s a lot of rehearsals. By the end of this camp, each player will average around 10,000 touches on volleyball. That gives them a good opportunity to hone all their skills at the start of our season, as well as being able to play and work with their teams,” she said. “We have the university working together on a pitch and we have a joint venture that works together on the other land and guest freshmen as well.
“We only have three weeks until school starts and our first game is August 16, so it helps not only to develop individual skills, but also to learn how to work as a team and bond throughout. throughout this camp. The coaches are really good at having fun games and activities that help these girls work together. That’s what this camp is all about.
As camp wraps up on Friday, Phillips hopes her players have been able to seize the opportunity and become a better player since the start of camp.
“I just want them to be able to come out more specific about their skills, understand the game of volleyball and also build team chemistry. That’s really what those many hours of volleyball in one day is all about. is what they get and win from there, you learn to work together, to create a team chemistry which is very important in volleyball, “said Phillips. “When you have to work together on a small court, keep the ball in the air can get chaotic. The more they can work together, the better our team will be.”
Lady Burros’ first game of their season is on the road against Bishop Union on August 16.