Nike Volleyball Camp at Macalester College
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This summer volleyball camp in Minnesota is designed for players of all abilities looking to improve their skills and unleash their potential! Campers will train under Macalester College Head Volleyball Coach, Mary Johnston, for high level coaching and a great camp experience.
Girls, ages 10-18, are invited to come train with athletes who share their love for the game, compete against other skilled players, and take your game to the next level. Join us at our 2024 volleyball camp in Saint Paul for a unforgettable camp experience!
- Instruction from collegiate coaching staff and players
- Excellent training facilities
- 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Morning, afternoon and evening training sessions
- Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes! (multi-day camps only)
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Camp Director Mary Johnston
Mary Johnston is the Head Volleyball Coach at Macalester CollegeView Mary's Bio ⟩
Mary Johnston became the head volleyball coach at Macalester in July of 2021 after 11 seasons as the head coach at Franklin (Ind.) College. Her first season was a memorable one, resulting in the program's first winning record in 16 years and the team's most MIAC victories since 2013.
Johnston led the Scots to a 13-12 record in 2021, including a 4-7 mark in the MIAC. Macalester ended a 41-match losing streak in MIAC games with a thrilling, five-set win over Carleton in front of a boisterous home crowd, and defeated Concordia for the first time since 2000. Eliza King became the first Scot to make the All-MIAC team since 2017.
Johnston is a graduate of the 2022 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #51. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, hosted in partnership between WeCOACH and the NCAA, is a multi-day growth and development program available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels, designed for women coaches who are ready to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success.
In her 11th and final season at Franklin, Johnston guided the Grizzlies to a 10-6 record overall and a 7-2 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, earning her Conference Coach of the Year honors. The seven league wins are the most since 2002 and earned the team its highest seed (third) in the HCAC Tournament since 2002. During the season, Franklin received its first national ranking in the program’s history and was ranked as high as 17th. Highlights on the court included a 3-0 upset victory over No. 3 Transylvania. Five Grizzlies were named All-HCAC, while one was chosen as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Johnston turned around a Grizzlies program that had won a combined seven matches in the two seasons prior to her arrival at Franklin. After steady improvement over her first four seasons, Johnston led her team to back-to-back appearances in the semifinals of the HCAC Tournament in 2014 and 2015. Her career record at Franklin is 130-173, including 111-108 over the last eight seasons.
Prior to her time at Franklin, Johnston was an assistant coach and athletics administrator at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., for two seasons. She also coached the volleyball and softball teams at SUNY Canton in 2007-08 and was selected the Sunrise Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the team to an undefeated league record and a berth in the national tournament.
Johnston attended Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she played both volleyball and softball and earned All-North Eastern Athletic Conference honors in both sports. She graduated from Medaille in 2005 with a degree in sports management, and later earned a Master of Science in Education degree in higher education administration from Old Dominion University in 2007.
Co-Director Samantha Sullivan
Samantha Sullivan is the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Macalester College.View Samantha's Bio ⟩
Sam Sullivan joined the Macalester coaching staff as an assistant volleyball coach before the 2019 season. She has played a significant role in assisting head coach Mary Johnston with the program's turnaround that has seen the Scots post back-to-back winning seasons in 2021 and 2022.
As the Scots' top assistant, Sullivan's main responsibilities including recruiting, team development on and off the court, and administrative duties such as social media and travel. While at Macalester, she has coached two-time All-MIAC player Eliza King and helped the team improve from 4-21 in 2019 to 14-13 in 2022. The team also has earned the AVCA Academic Team award every semester since Sullivan's arrival.
Sullivan came to Macalester after four years as an assistant coach at St. Catherine University. At St. Kate's, she assisted with all aspects of the volleyball program, including scouting, recruiting, practice planning, and skill development. She also aided with team fundraising and was in charge of the team's social media accounts.
In addition to her time at St. Catherine, Sullivan has club volleyball and camp coaching experience. Since 2015, she has coached for Kokoro Volleyball Club, which is based out of St. Paul. An Associate Director at Kokoro since 2021, Sullivan has coached several teams that have had success on the national level, including the Kokoro 17-1 squad that captured first place at the JVA World Challenge in the 17 Premiere division. She also has been involved with several volleyball camps, including camps at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota Elite Camps, and camps at Macalester.
Sullivan graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2015, majoring in Exercise Science and playing four years of Division II volleyball in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). During her college career, Sullivan recorded almost 1,300 career assists and over 60 service aces.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Sullivan went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University in 2018 while also earning a Strategic Management certificate.
As a prep, Sullivan was an All-Conference setter for Woodbury High School, leading her team in both assists and aces during her senior season. She also played club volleyball for Minnesota One and Kokoro.
staff Camp Staff
Our Camp Director will be assisted by a talented staff which may include current and former collegiate coaches and players, club coaches, and high school coaches.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Please note: All camps SOLD OUT in 2023. You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
2024 SUMMER OVERVIEW
- Age Group: 10-18
- Gender: Girls
- Programs: All Skills, Advanced, Serving & Passing Clinic
- Camp Types: Half Day, Day, Extended Day (Commuter), Overnight (ages 14-18)
- Lunch: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers. Lunch is not provided for Day campers.
*If your camper has specific allergies or dietary needs, please reach out to Camp Director, Mary Johnston, via email prior to camp
2024 SUMMER CAMP DATES
- July 1-2: All Skills | Day Camp
- July 12-14: Advanced | Overnight/Extended Day Camp
- July 15-18: All Skills | Day Camp
- July 19: Serving & Passing | Half Day Clinic
- Attend multiple sessions! We encourage campers to maximize their camp experience by attending multiple camp sessions! Each program delivers something unique to help players excel in all areas of the game.
Please note: Camp schedules and details may be subject to change. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
ALL SKILLS DAY CAMP SCHEDULE
- Session I: July 1-2, Monday-Tuesday
- Session II: July 15-18, Monday-Thursday
- Gender/Age: Girls, ages 10-18
- Daily Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm
- Check-In: 8:30am-9:00am on first day at the Leonard Athletic Center Gym
- Check-Out: 3:00pm everyday at the Leonard Athletic Center Gym
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch each day.
- Program: This All Skills program is designed to improve the fundamental skills needed for volleyball; passing, setting, serving, attacking, blocking, and individual defense. Campers can expect instruction on offensive and defensive skills through team play.
ADVANCED CAMP SCHEDULE
- Date: July 12-14, Friday-Sunday
- Gender/Age: Girls, ages 14-18/grades 9-12
- Check-in (Extended Day): 8:30am-9:00am on Friday at the Leonard Athletic Center
- Check-out (Extended Day): 9:00pm Saturday and Sunday at the Leonard Center, 3:30pm on Sunday at the Leonard Athletic Center
- Extended Day Schedule: 9:00am-9:00pm on Friday, 9:00am-9:00pm on Saturday, 9:00am-3:30pm on Sunday
- Check-in (Overnight): 8:00am-9:00am on Friday at the dorms
- Check-out (Overnight): 3:30pm on Sunday at the dorms
- Lunch: Lunch and dinner will be provided for Extended Day campers. All meals will be provided for Overnight campers.
- Program: This Advanced program is designed for experienced players with at least 2 years of competitive training. Campers will receive elite instruction that will elevate and refine their technique and take their skills to the next level. Recommended for high school and club players, ages 14-18. Campers will have leadership and guest speaker sessions focused on getting ready for college-level play.
SERVING & PASSING CLINIC
- Date: July 19, Friday
- Gender/Age: Girls, ages 10-18
- Daily Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm
- Check-In: 8:30am
- Check-Out: 12:00pm
- Program: This Serving & Passing Clinic is designed for players to improve the strength of their serve and effectiveness of passing. The serving portion of the clinic will focus on the various techniques of serving, along with improving consistency. The passing portion of the clinic will focus on various passing techniques for both front row and back row passers, as well as all-around ball control techniques for all positions. Recommended for all players and positions.
The information below is subject to change each year.
- Dorm Name: TBA
- Number of Campers Per Room: 2
- Roommates: Roommates are assigned by age and roommate requests to the best of the Camp Director's ability but please understand that rooms are assigned 2 to a room only. Roommates must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet someone new!
- Room Key Deposits: Keys will be handed out at check-in and returned back at check-out. If you do not return your key, a fee of $50 charge will be charged to you.
- Bathrooms: Shared on floor
- Linens: Provided
- Air Conditioning: TBA
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch each day
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers' quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers attending a multi-day camp will receive a Nike Volleyball Camps t-shirt and prizes. *1-day clinics excluded.
- Volleyballs: Volleyballs are provided for instruction during camp. Campers may purchase a Camp Volleyball at the time of registration, which will be given out on the last day of camp. Fun tip: Have your camp friends sign your ball before you leave!
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by ability, age, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own knee pads and have at least one pair of well-broken-in volleyball (court) shoes. Campers do not need to bring their own balls.
- Facility: 6 Indoor courts
- A/C in Gym: Yes, all gyms have modern air conditioning
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
CAMP DIRECTOR'S NOTE TO CAMPERS
"Thank you for choosing the Nike Camp at Macalester College. I really believe you get better at playing volleyball by playing volleyball. Our camp aims to help you improve individual skills but more importantly put you in game like situations as much as possible. We want to play as much as we can! I am looking forward to working with you!" -Mary Johnston
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review
important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to
camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
ALL CAMPERS (OVERNIGHT & COMMUTERS):
- Athletic training clothes (t-shirts, shorts)
- Indoor volleyball shoes, well broken-in
- Outdoor athletic shoes
- Knee pads
- Water bottle
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Packed lunch (if required for commuters)
- Spending money
- COVID PPE (as required by state/local guidelines)
- Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
- Athletic clothing mentioned above (1-2 pairs/day)
- Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, 1 pair/day)
- Undergarments (1-2 pair/day)
- Swimsuit & towel for pool
- Flip flops
- Laundry bag
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, facewash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
- Personal items & medications
- Eye mask, ear plugs (optional)
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Fan (optional)
- Bed sheets (if linens not provided)
- Comforter or sleeping bag (if linens not provided)
- Pillow and pillowcase (if linens not provided)
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE VOLLEYBALL CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our volleyball camps please see our FAQ page.
If you have a group of eight or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.Show Less See More Camp Details
ALL SKILLS SAMPLE SCHEDULE
- 9:00am Campers arrive, warm up
- 9:15am-11:30am Training Session I
- 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
- 12:30pm-3:00pm Training Session II
- 3:00pm Campers depart
OVERNIGHT CAMP SAMPLE SCHEDULE
- 7:30am-8:30am Wake Up Call and Breakfast
- 9:00am Extended Day campers arrive/Warm-up
- 9:30am Training session I
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm Training session II
- 4:00pm Position specific drills
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Training session III
- 9:00pm Extended campers leave/Free time
- 10:00pm Lights out
Macalester College's beautiful campus is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis.
Camp Questions & Answers
Can I sign up for more than 1 session/program?
Absolutely! Campers are encouraged to attend multiple sessions. Each program delivers something unique to help players excel in all areas of the game. Many campers will attend more than one session to further refine their skills, compete against new players, or choose a session with a different program focus.
July 10, 2022: My daughter didn't want to come home! She loved everything about the experience, so it's difficult to say what the highlight was. I do think the relationships with her teammates and coaches was a highlight for her.
July 15, 2022: I was impressed that it was recognized my daughter was on a team that had a lower skill set than her and then she was moved up to a better team for the tournaments.
July 14, 2023: My daughter learned new skills, became more confident and made new friends
July 12, 2023: my girls improved their skills, gained confidence and made new friends
July 12, 2023: My daughter enjoyed meeting other volleyball players from all over.
July 11, 2023: Bonding with new teammates through the camp during competitive play
July 12, 2023: Variety of activities and the positivity around the camp
July 19, 2023: Daughter had fun and was excited to improve her skills.
A wonderful week for him
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.