AHS to host youth v-ball camp

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Andalusia JV volleyball player Amy Hines passes the ball Tuesday afternoon. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

The City of Andalusia will be holding a youth volleyball camp on Wednesday afternoons in August at Andalusia High School.

The camp, which will be a four-week camp for girls ages 7-12, will last from Aug. 6-27 and will be instructed by the AHS volleyball team at its gym.

For Lady Bulldogs volleyball coach Angie Grimes, the team has been trying to hold a youth camp like this for some time.

“It just worked out that it was something that we were trying to do,” Grimes said. “We’re just trying to get people, the young kids interested in it.”

Registration for the camp is right around the corner and lasts from July 21-24 from 1-5 p.m. at Johnson Park.

City of Andalusia Program Coordinator of Athletics Caitlin Shipman, who played volleyball at AHS under Grimes, said this camp will help girls get an early start at playing the sport.

“I’ve looked at other middle school and high school volleyball programs throughout the state, and I see what an impact starting kids at an earlier age has on this sport.  I feel like doing something like this would help all the schools throughout the community build their programs and create stronger athletes, as we do in all of our other sports.”

Shipman added that when girls get to middle school and start playing volleyball, they should already be expected to compete against other caliber teams in middle school.

“This was just another opportunity to provide the children of our community with another service that I believe will benefit them in the future,” she said.

Every Wednesday night, those girls who will be participating are going to learn the fundamentals and essentials of the game, Grimes said.

The AHS coach added that she’s “curious” as to what the interest level will be, and that she hopes there will be enough so that girls can separate into teams and get some playing time.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Grimes said. “It’s going to be exciting.”

Registration cost is $35 and scholarships are available upon request and financial need.

For more info, contact Shipman by phone at 334-222-2714 or 334-428-2106; or email at caitlin.shipman@cityofandalusia.com.