By Drew Terhall
GREENVILLE — Greenville athletics hosted their first annual Girl Wave All-Sports activities camp from July 10 – 14 for women coming into grades third by way of sixth. The women performed 5 completely different sports activities, one every day, and have been taught the fundamentals from coaches and gamers.
Greenville Girl Wave basketball head coach Rachel Kerns got here up with the thought. Kerns stated it’s exhausting for youths to play a whole lot of sports activities and with the dimensions of Greenville, wants children to play a number of sports activities. This camp helps present the campers what number of present highschool athletes play a number of sports activities.
“We would like the little children to see the highschool women and what number of completely different days they present as much as. To allow them to say, ‘Oh, she performs basketball. She performs soccer.’ Letting them see them play a number of sports activities,” Kerns stated. “Simply attempting to get their ft moist and get them concerned in as many various sports activities as they will.”
The camp began with basketball. On the Greenville Okay-8 constructing, the highschool gamers and coaches went by way of drills to show the children the fundamentals of the sport.
Kerns stated she needed to see her gamers be energetic and inspiring in the course of the camp. The camp is all about encouraging the campers to pursue enjoying a number of sports activities.
After basketball, the campers went out to Harmon Subject for soccer day. Head coach Dave Ernst and his gamers and coaches had the women undergo completely different drills and play a scrimmage on the finish.
Ernst stated Kerns had this concept final yr however it didn’t materialize. He was thrilled to see it occur this yr as he thinks it was a terrific thought.
“The purpose is to probably see women that play basketball on Monday, they arrive again and play soccer on Tuesday they usually’re going ‘Hey, that prime college woman is enjoying two completely different sports activities.’ That’s not solely accepted, that’s what it needs to be. Attempting to guarantee that’s obvious and an avenue children can reap the benefits of to play a number of sports activities as soon as they get to highschool,” Ernst stated.
The highschool soccer gamers additionally had fun with it. Ernst stated his gamers cherished with the ability to coach the women throughout their day of camp. He additionally stated it goes hand in hand with their alumni day camp.
On July 29, the girls and boys soccer packages will host a free camp at Harmon Subject for girls and boys ages 5-14. Enroll begins at midday and the camp will likely be from 1-4 p.m. Ernst stated they take pleasure in giving again to the group and taking part in each camps does simply that.
The youngsters headed again to the Okay-8 constructing for softball. Girl Wave head coach Jerrod Newland and a few of his gamers took the children by way of the fundamentals of softball and ended the day with some wiffle ball enjoyable.
Newland stated the camp is a superb factor for Greenville to take the children by way of completely different sports activities. However most significantly, the camp helps encompass the children with good folks and offers the children an opportunity to have enjoyable with the completely different sports activities.
For his gamers, it was an opportunity for them to attach with the younger children and be a constructive affect on them.
“I’ve 5 or 6 of my children are available and assist. That’s what it’s all about, being constructive position fashions and residents. These children was once eight, 9 and 10,” Newland stated.
Newland additionally stated the children stayed focus and had a blast by way of the two-hour camp.
Following up softball was tennis on the tennis courts in entrance of the highschool. The camp was led by present boys tennis participant Mason Pierri, former boys tennis participant Mason Middlestetter and present women tennis participant Meadow Murphy.
The women had the prospect to select up a racket and study the fundamentals of tennis. Middlestetter stated whereas he hopes the children come away with studying one thing, he simply needs them to have enjoyable with the game.
“Truthfully, I hope they’ve enjoyable in the event that they don’t study anything,” Middlestetter stated. “However, simply study the basics. Grip, following right through and most significantly enjoyable. That’s all I’ve after I play tennis.”
All three gamers had the prospect to work together with the children and present them the enjoyment that tennis brings them.
The campers ended the camp on the Okay-8 constructing for volleyball. Girl Wave head coach Michelle Hardesty and her gamers and coaches went by way of the fundamentals and had some competitors drills combined in as effectively.
Hardesty stated with them having a camp within the spring, she acknowledges a number of the women within the camp. This was an opportunity to construct a bit bit on that camp, but additionally having one other probability to point out the women the enjoyable of volleyball.
“In my view, they saved the most effective for final,” Hardesty stated. “It simply labored out in my schedule. However, we’ve got youth camp within the spring so I acknowledge a whole lot of these women. (We’re) simply giving them that additional alternative to see what the sport is about and have enjoyable with it.”
The youngsters not solely realized about every completely different sport, they noticed how a lot help every sport reveals to one another. Kerns was current and serving to out all through the week. Ernst confirmed up and helped out when he might. Even assistant athletic director Jeff Martin bought on the market and helped out with the camp.
Contact Each day Advocate sports activities editor Drew Terhall at [email protected]