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Viking campers learn to love game

TEACH: Huntington North volleyball head coach Trinda Goings (right) instructs campers prior to a drill at Thursday's volleyball camp.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

Learning to love the game was the focus of the Huntington North Youth Volleyball Camp held the past week in the Huntington North Fieldhouse.

Viking volleyball head coach Trinda Goings, her staff and her team welcomed a record number of campers to the annual youth camp that lasted from Monday through Thursday for 90 minutes per day.

“We’ve had record numbers this year,” Goings said. “We had 67 (campers). I think the most we had in the past was maybe 50. Our winter club helped our numbers and boost that up. And we opened it up to kindergarten as well, so we added another grade level. Great turnout and we had great help. The high schoolers did an awesome job. The kids worked hard, had fun and go home with a cool volleyball and a shirt.”

Goings and her team focused on building the basics through working on various skillsets while also building up an appreciation and love of the game of volleyball.

“We wanted them to learn to love the game while they were working on the fundamental skills,” Goings said. “We wanted them to basically learn the footwork that is essential to play. We hit all the skills except for blocking. Just we wanted them to love the game as much as we do.

“All the high schoolers play because they love it and I’m coaching and our coaching staff is here because we love the game and we want them to love the game, too. Hopefully, they enjoyed that and learned to love the game a little more.”

The campers took part in drills in groups separated by grade ranging from kindergarten to middle school. Campers worked directly with high schoolers to focus on various drills with scrimmages mixed in as well.

More than the knowledge passed along, the campers also grew connected to the various high schoolers throughout the week of camp.

“The little girls just love those high schoolers,” Goings said. “Our high schoolers worked two of the days of camp, so they’re all here at least twice. Especially the younger ones, they had 1-on-1 help a couple of the days where they had their own high schoolers to themselves. They look up to them and they see them when we invite them back to a game, Viking Volleyball Night. It’s nice to see them there and they get to see the girls play and be in action. A lot of them want to grow up to be just like them.”