Lloy Ball and DME Academy Sell Out Summer Volleyball Camp
American volleyball star brings his knowledge to the courts at DME Academy
More than 90 girls had been patiently waiting all year long for July 17th to roll around. When it finally came, they were treated to a week-long volleyball camp with one of the most decorated players in U.S. history. DME Academy hosted a summer training camp for middle school and high school aged volleyball players with special guest, Lloy Ball.
Ball was a member of the American national team from 1993 to 2008 and participated in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. He holds a gold medal for his efforts in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where team USA took the top spot.
“When Laura [Stegall] asked me to come and run this volleyball camp this week, I was very intrigued because I believe this is the new model for our country, which is what the rest of the world has been doing for decades,”said Ball. “Putting our young student athletes in a position to train at the highest level while of course encouraging the academic side of it. DME has great facilities, has great leadership and has great coaches. And I have no doubt over time. They will continue to turn out great student athletes that not only have great careers here at the academy, but at the next level as well.”
Over the course of six days, Ball took his many years of professional volleyball experience and passed it down to the next generation of star athletes. The camp held many training sessions, team building activities and an ample amount of opportunities for the girls to experience ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’ including a sunset trip down to the boardwalk.
With more than 12 training sessions, the girls were able to work on every skill from setting, communication, passing, spiking, blocking, digging and serving. Monday through Friday, the campers followed a detailed schedule that focused on their skills on the court and team-building activities off the court. A sample day in a DME volleyball camp looks like this…
- 7:00-7:30 AM – Breakfast
- 8:00-11:00 AM – Training Session
- 11:00AM-12:00 PM – Lunch
- 12:00-1:00 PM – Team Building Activity
- 1:00-4:00 PM – Training Session
- 6:00-7:00 PM – Dinner
- 7:00-9:00 PM – Movie
- 9:00 – Return to dorm room
- 10:00 PM – Lights out
“My passing has greatly improved after attending the camp at DME,” said Danny Bell, who traveled from California to attend the camp. “It was amazing to be coached by a former USA Olympian who won a gold medal. At the end of the camp after hearing his end speech, I was incredibly inspired and it hit me, I was just trained by a former Olympian”
Along with honing their skills on the volleyball court, the 90-plus girls walked away with a great experience and many new friends. At DME, we think it is important to try our best and get better at what we came to do, but to also have a good time doing it.
If you are interested in progressing your skillset on the volleyball court, check out DME’s volleyball program here!