Academy Summer Camps A Success!

Bohemia, NY.   August is famous for being known as “the dog days of summer” and is usually all about vacations and backyard barbecues.  At The Island Volleyball Academy, August is also a time to improve.  As such, Academy has just wrapped up weeks of volleyball camps right here on Long Island.  

For three weeks - from late-July through the week of August 15th – Academy’s summer programming included hosting a number of different volleyball camps each designed with a specific purpose in mind.  The first week featured skill-specific camps. These camps go in-depth on the nuances of important volleyball skills including:

•    Setting
•    Attacking and Blocking
•    Defense, Passing, and Serving

The camps allow athletes the ability to focus on the area of their game they want to improve on the most.  The second week featured a camp each for middle/high school boys and girls. These camps cover a wide range of volleyball skills and give athletes plenty of opportunities to fine tune their games.  

The last week of camp featured a co-ed Advanced Skills camp for high school students, which covers more advanced techniques and high-level training.

One of the best things about these camps is that it provides multiple opportunities for volleyball players of all abilities to develop their game and take it to the next level.
— Kevin DesLauriers, Director of The Island Volleyball Academy

Those athletes who attended one or more of the Academy camps received a high-quality training experience – and best of all – they were able to train right here on Long Island.  If you play youth volleyball on Long Island, you should consider attending an Academy camp next summer (see the gallery below for a few highlights from this year's camps).

Regardless of where you play middle school, high school, or club volleyball, Academy camps are open to everyone.  “One of the best things about these camps is that it provides multiple opportunities for volleyball players of all abilities to develop their game and take it to the next level”, said Kevin DesLauriers, Director of The Island Volleyball Academy.

With most high school programs beginning their tryouts this week, these camps came at the perfect time.

The Island Volleyball Academy would like to wish all athletes good luck on their upcoming high school season.  Please be sure to check for tryout information on the 2017 club season.

Cole Invited to USA Volleyball Youth National Training Team

May 19, 2016 Oakdale, NY – The Island Volleyball Academy is pleased to announce that Mackenzie Cole, 16, a sophomore from Connetquot High School, and a Libero on the Girls 18 Red team, has been selected as one of the 24 players invited to the USA Volleyball’s Girls Youth National Training Team this July in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team is the highest level a girl can achieve for the Youth age group in USA Volleyball’s talent pipeline program.   The 24 players who attend this camp will be split in to two teams of 12 and will compete in USA Volleyball’s High Performance Championship tournament, which features high performance teams from USA Volleyball regions around the country.  After the High Performance Championships, the 24 players will be narrowed down to a team of 12, who will travel to Puerto Rico to compete in The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Women’s U18 Continental Championship.

Mackenzie Cole is one of only two players from the entire east coast to be invited to this special team. Cole will be coached by Erin Virtue, the Women’s Volleyball Associate Head Coach at Northwestern University, Stacy Sykora from USA Volleyball, and Jared Hazel formerly of Colorado State University. “On behalf of the entire coaching staff, we are thrilled to announce this exceptional group as the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team,” Virtue said. “These 24 athletes are among the best in the nation in their age group and will compete to represent USA at the NORCECA Championship. Our staff is honored to implement and teach the core values, philosophies and strategies of our U.S. Women's National Team to these young athletes.”

Academy Volleyball wishes Mackenzie continued success as she continues her development among the best competition the country.  For the full details of the Girls Youth National Training Team, please click here to read USA Volleyball’s official release.