Bronco volleyball holds annual summer camp

Coaches Alonso Ibarra and Kayla Ledezma take a quick break after a drill, to talk to their campers about some of the concepts they should be learning.

Tanner Hightower-Wilson
NMMI Sports Press

Tuesday, May 30th marked the starting date for the 2017 NMMI summer volleyball camp. The three-day camp, with a special advanced camp on Friday, is put on annually by Bronco volleyball head coach Shelby Forchtner and assistant coach Alonzo Ibarra.

Also helping with the coaching duties this year is Artesia graduate Kayla Ledezma, who currently plays for the Idaho State University volleyball team.

The camp has a great showing of participants each session, aging from first grade all the way up to high-school kids.
Coach Forchtner said, “The morning session consists of younger kids and goes till about 7th grade and then we transition to 8th and 9th graders up until high school. There are about 35 kids that are out there – everything from beginners all the way up to high school.”

In the morning session of the camp, the girls – and two boys – have been participating in several different drills and games, all designed to make learning the basic fundamentals of volleyball fun.

“We are trying to focus on the basic fundamentals like passing, which is really what you want to start with, but I saw them hitting yesterday too,” mentioned Coach Forchtner. “At the Godfrey gym, we have the net lowered and the kids are getting to play more game-type style drills, which is a lot more fun.”

The afternoon session focuses on the junior high and high school aged girls. “With the older kids we are working on advancing their fundamentals with serving and hitting,” said Forchtner.

“We have numerous kids that go on to play for the different schools, or who are transitioning to the high school ranks.” That makes coach Forchtner happy – teaching the skills of a game she truly loves, to the next generation.

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