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The Cowgirls transformed into coaches for a youth volleyball camp that drew more than 100 participants this past week.

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - The third through 6th grade age group plays tarp volleyball. The group above is throwing the ball over the net.

Two weeks ago, the Crook County High School volleyball team participated in their annual team camp, helping get ready for the upcoming season.

This past week, many of the same players acted as coaches at the Cowgirl Volleyball Camp, teaching fundamentals to younger volleyball players. The youth camp was divided into three groups, which included one group for incoming seventh through ninth graders, one for third through sixth graders and one fo kindergarten through second grade.

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - This group is catching a throw from the other group. Any throw that goes over the net without being caught is a point and any ball that fails to make it over the net is a point for the other team.Drills were designed to teach the principles used in the high school program, but in some cases were modified to meet the skill levels of the age groups in question. Although the majority of time was spent on fundamentals, there was also time spent on fun activities, including things like relays balancing a ball on a cone or tarp volleyball, which saw teams catching a volleyball in a big, blue tarp and then using the tarp to throw it back over the net.

In the youngest group, the camp concentrated on making sure that participants had a fun time while starting to build a volleyball foundation. Meanwhile, the older groups worked on the skills necessary to have winning teams.

Fundamentals worked on included passing, setting, hitting and basic footwork. The annual camp is a fundraiser for the high school volleyball program and is run by the team's volleyball coaches. However, the majority of the coaching is left to high school players, helping to create a connection between the high school program and younger players.

This year's camp was full, with well over 100 participants from the three different age groups.


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