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For the second year in a row, the Colonial Beach Volleyball Camp was a huge success. Last week at the Drifterdome, in an effort to continue building the Drifter volleyball program, volleyball head coach Chase Davidson coordinated his annual volleyball camp that featured girls in grades 6 through 9, and pre-K through fifth grade. “It was good for us to separate the two groups this year, which allowed each player more hands-on-coaching,” Davidson said. “I really thought it went well coaching two groups, because we didn’t have the smaller kids and larger kids interacting. Everyone got a lot more playing time as a result of the new grouping.”
Challenged with a program that does not currently have a feeder system, and a school population of less than 200, Davidson must use his resources to build from within. With a week filled with passing, serving, and hitting fundamentals, he is hopeful that the skills acquired by his new recruits will serve as a base for a program geared towards competing with the top teams in the Northern Neck.
Beginning, Aug. 5, the high school sports season will officially open, with teams scrambling to find ways to make their programs stronger. After a tough 2012 fall season that resulted in limited success, Davidson is adamant about the prospects of building a strong foundation. “We have a group of eighth and ninth grade junior varsity players who are pretty good athletes,” Davidson said. “I am really excited to see them, and I expect to see some good things from that group. Many of our current players came through our camp last year.”
“I really thought it went well coaching two groups, because we didn’t have the smaller kids and larger kids interacting. Everyone got a lot more playing time as a result of the new grouping.”
Drifter volleyball fever is steadily building and attracting a host of talent within the Colonial Beach community. Players are coming to open gyms more often, and the older players are volunteering their time, outside of normal practice to help the less experienced players develop. “There are a lot of good things going on now to inspire and help our younger players out,” Davidson said. “Hopefully, the players will take all of this and develop into a winning program.”
Last year, the Drifters volleyball team started with only 15 players. However, with the recent interest, the program has doubled in starting size, with 30.