Jimmies host volleyball camps all through the summer season – Jamestown Solar

JAMESTOWN — Earlier than they stepped foot on campus and have become College of Jamestown student-athletes, some present Jimmies received their begins by attending the Jimmies volleyball camps, held yearly all through the summer season.

The camp has been operating since not less than the mid-2000s and has produced names akin to 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 primary camp of the 2022 summer season ran from June 15-17 for center faculty gamers, adopted by one for top schoolers who know their place on the ground, which ran June 19-22. After these two camps, Hegerle and his employees run two staff camps and one other junior and senior camp earlier than a tune-up camp in late July.

“Clearly, we now have quite a lot of campers and our employees loves coming again,” Hegerle mentioned. “We’ve got quite a lot of alum and getting caught up. There are coaches right here that I’ve recognized for 30 years that I’ve coached with which are nice coaches. It is all about volleyball, it is all about relationships. It is sort of a love-hate relationship. I like that a part of it however it’s quite a lot of work as nicely, so when it is over we breathe an enormous sigh of reduction.”

The camps have grown through the years because the camp has seen a leap from 160 campers per camp within the 2020 camp in comparison with the 220 gamers that have been on the senior excessive camp, and the 350 gamers on the staff camp. The quantity of gamers forces the Jimmies to get inventive as they’re renting the Jamestown Excessive College basketball court docket and utilizing the Newman Area ground in addition to establishing courts contained in the Larson Sport Heart.

“One of many issues that I made a decision once I received right here is that actually, I’ve to exit and recruit however it could be nice if we may determine tips on how to get good gamers to return right here and be on campus,” Hegerle mentioned. “There are quite a lot of gamers that we now have signed which have been important gamers for us that we first noticed them at our camp.”

One of many hardest elements of the camp from Hegerle’s perspective is the group a part of the camp.

“I do not work with the campers almost as a lot as I wish to,” Hegerle mentioned. “That is simply because I am the one who’s organizing the place everyone goes and figuring out the place everyone seems to be and ensuring everyone is the place they’re speculated to be. There are a complete bunch of aspects to each camp. Often, I am right here at 5:30, 6 within the morning and I normally do not depart till 10:30 at night time.”

Hegerle mentioned the campers will not be simply evaluated and scouted based mostly on the attention check, which works into the sheer quantity of group that goes into every camp.

“I’ve received in all probability 35 columns of data on each child, from evaluations of particular person expertise to bodily evaluations, play evaluations,” Hegerle mentioned. “So I am always sorting them based mostly on sure standards to place them in new competitors teams in order that it stays contemporary.”

One participant, who was on the 2021 junior camp, returned this 12 months for the senior camp, and shall be taking part in for the Jimmies within the fall, is Cheyanne Scalese. Scalese isn’t the one future Jimmie on the camp although as she is one among seven on the senior camp. On account of having the ability to meet her future teammates, Scalise mentioned it has helped her get snug and make associates.

“Final 12 months once I got here I had a lot enjoyable and simply figuring out I like this system a lot, it undoubtedly made me need to come right here,” Scalese mentioned.

Eighteen of the individuals who work on the camp are present Jimmies volleyball gamers, which helps Scalese and the long run Jimmies get to know their future teammates.

“It has been fascinating. They’re all tremendous enjoyable and I’ve cherished attending to know every of them,” Scalese mentioned.

Hegerle mentioned present and future Jimmies interacting with one another is necessary for the staff’s growth, particularly quickens the progress of incoming freshmen within the system and helps with off-the-floor changes.

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