Macalester College Nike Volleyball Camp

Macalester College Nike Volleyball Camp
Macalester College Nike Volleyball Camp

Macalester College is centrally located between the heart of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Nike Volleyball Camps strive to provide campers with a solid foundation to build upon after camp. Players attending the all skills or advanced camp are evaluated and placed into groups according to skill level to provide campers with a challenging and fun experience.

Highlights Include

  • Excellent training facilities
  • Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
  • Train with the country's best coaches
  • Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Sarah Graves
Camp Director

Sarah Graves

Sarah Graves ’04 returns to her alma mater as Macalester’s head volleyball coach. A former standout player and assistant coach for the Scots, Graves spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

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“We are thrilled to have Sarah return to Macalester to lead our volleyball program,” Chandler said. “She displayed all of the tools and characteristics of an outstanding coach while serving as an assistant here, and that potential shined through during her two years as Denison’s head coach. Sarah will be an excellent leader for our student-athletes, and we look forward to seeing where she can take our program in the years to come.”

In her two years at Denison, Graves posted an overall record of 25-31, including a 9-7 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference. In 2015, the Big Red was 14-14 and advanced to the NCAC Tournament with a 5-3 record in league play while also earning the AVCA Team Academic Award. This past fall Graves led her squad to the semifinals of the NCAC Tournament and had three of her student-athletes receive NCAC All-Conference honors.

In addition to her coaching duties, Graves taught three courses, including a History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport class. She chaired the event committee for the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and was a member of the Denison Black Faculty Caucus.

Prior to coaching at Denison, Graves was an assistant coach at Macalester for six seasons. She helped to coordinate the program’s recruiting, practice and game management, and also worked with the liberos and defensive specialists. While at Macalester, Graves spent four years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Recruiting, collaborating with the athletics department and admissions to refine the recruiting process.

A 2004 graduate of Macalester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies, Graves was a four-year starter for the Scots’ volleyball team. She played on the 2000 squad that went 22-8 and reached the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs, and earned All-MIAC honors in 2001. A setter and right side hitter, Graves ranks third on Macalester’s all-time list for block assists (218), third in service aces (173), fourth in assists (2,167) and eighth in digs (1,026). A three-time captain, she also was named the team’s MVP in 2001.

After Macalester, Graves earned a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Delaware, where she also served as a graduate assistant for the Blue Hens’ volleyball program for two seasons.

“I would like to thank Kim Chandler and the search committee for providing me with this opportunity to return to Macalester and lead the program that has given me so much over the years,” Graves said. “I am energized at the thought of bringing my passion and experience back to Macalester volleyball, and I am motivated to move this program and its student-athletes forward to achieve at a higher level. With the outstanding support from the athletics department and the administration at Macalester, I am confident that we can reach our goals and build a successful program.” 

Camp Details

Session I-  The All Skills programs are open to players of any ability level. You'll learn the basic fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable game play experience.  

Session II-  The Advanced program is recommended for high school and club athletes with competitive volleyball experience. This challenging program stresses positional training with individual skill instruction and advanced techniques. 

More Important Camp Details


Session I runs from 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday. Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring a sack lunch with them each day. 

Session II runs from 9am-3pm Sunday-Tuesday. Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring a sack lunch with them each day. 

Volleyballs:  Molten Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $15. Volleyballs must be paid for at the time of registration. Campers do not need to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Session I- All Skills Camp:

Check in: between 8:30am-9:00am on Monday July 10th at Leonard Athletic Center Gym
Check out: is at 3:00pm on Thursday July 13th at Leonard Athletic Center Gym
**NOTE: There is NO SUPERVISION before 9:00am and after 3:00pm. Please be on time to pick up your camper.

Session II- Advanced Camp:

Check in: between 8:30am-9:00am on Sunday July 23rd at Leonard Athletic Center Gym
Check out: is at 3:00pm on Tuesday July 25th at Leonard Athletic Center Gym
**NOTE: There is NO SUPERVISION before 9:00am and after 3:00pm. Please be on time to pick up your camper.


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Equipment Needed:2 T-Shirts, 1-2 pairs knee pads, 1 pair of gym shorts or spandex, 2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of volleyball shoes (well broken in), 1 pair of shoes to wear to gym, gym bag, water bottle, LUNCH each day
**NOTE: Health and Release forms are MANDATORY for camper to participate in Camp


If you have a group of eight or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Groups can register online or via mail/fax. 

To register a group online: Please have someone contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our REGISTRATION FORM providing credit card number or a check. All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415-526-5933. Mail registrations to Nike Volleyball Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 Stretching/conditioning
  • 9:15 Practice: pass/set/hit drills
  • 10:30 Defense and serving drills
  • 12:00 Lunch, rest
  • 1:15 Position work
  • 1:45 Games
  • 3:00 Campers depart

Camper Reviews

Jillian W. Macalester College Camper 7/25/16

  • 4/5.
Great Experience

Learned a lot and got a lot of good feedback from coaches. I also think this camp is great at making sure there is a lot of space to play and plenty of coaches per player. Great experience again this year!

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Jennifer K.Parent of Macalester College Camper 7/27/15

  • 4/5.
Saw improvement

My two daughters, who have had some volleyball experience through park and rec programs, both really enjoyed the camp, and felt their serving and setting skills really improved during the course of the week. And, they both had a great time at the camp in general.

Judy T. Parent of Macalester College Camper 7/30/15

  • 4/5.
Prepare to work

My daughter worked hard all week!  She learned some new skills and improved upon some old ones.  Prepare to work! 

Maria M. Parent of Macalester College Camper 7/29/15

  • 4/5.
Very helpful

Overall it was a good camp and the work on specific skills was very helpful.

Macalester College Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Fun and challenging

I would recommend this camp to other people because it was fun and challenging but at the same time the coaches worked us hard and pushed us to do our best.

Macalester College Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Focused on skills

I wouldn't recommend it to friends unless they knew it was strictly about skills. Most of my friends are like me in that they value being part of a team.

Macalester College Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Learned new skills

It was my favorite volleyball camp. They taught me so many things new and how to improve the stuff I already knew. They made the camp fun. They gave us a lot of time to practice each skill.

Parent of Macalester College Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Perfect instruction

I highly recommend this camp! Staff is very friendly and helpful. Perfect instruction for my beginner level daughter. Also, it is nice for the beginner students to see the more "advanced" in action for inspiration!

Parent of Macalester College Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Knowledgeable staff

This camp is well organized with a knowledgeable staff. Campers are not grouped by age they are grouped by ability, which makes for a more positive experience.

Parent of Macalester College Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Fun experience

If your child loves volleyball then you should go to this camp. It has great coaches and it was a fun experience for my child. She enjoyed the friends she made and the skills she learned.

Parent of Macalester College Camper '12

  • 4/5.

I was so impressed at how well the coaches knew my daughter's strengths and weaknesses; my daughter loved the entire experience, start to finish.

Parent of Macalester College Camper '12

  • 5/5.
So much fun!

My daughter loved this camp. Her skills improved throughout the camp through fantastic feedback from the coaches and we loved the written feedback at the end. She made great friends, as well. We would come back to this camp again next year! So much fun!

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.