Nike Volleyball Camp at Skagit Valley College
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Compete this summer at our volleyball camp in Washington and take your skills to the next level! Athletes of all skills levels will have the opportunity to train under an elite curriculum designed by former DI Seattle University Head Volleyball Coach, James Finley.
This girls volleyball camp in Mt. Vernon offers a variety of programs that will help unleash your potential and increase your love for the game. Girls, ages 11-18, are encouraged to join to increase their confidence on and off the court and improve their game before the upcoming season!
- Instruction from former Seattle University (DI) Coach and his expert staff
- All Skills, Serving Clinic, and High School Try-Out Prep programs available
- Morning and afternoon training sessions
- 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes! (multi-day camps only)
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Director James Finley
James Finley is the former DI Women's Head Volleyball Coach at Seattle University. Coach Finley's camp curriculum will be led an elite training staff made up of current and former college coaches and current and former college coaches.View James Finley's Bio & Volleyball Tips ⟩
Coach James Finley is a former DI volleyball head coach with 21 years of college success. His knowledge and passion for the game has helped thousands of athletes in their pursuit of their volleyball goals. He is meticulous in teaching the critical details of the sport while making the game fun and engaging.
In December of 2019, Seattle University volleyball head coach James Finley announced his retirement after seven seasons leading the Redhawks program and more than 20 years of collegiate coaching.
Finley was named the program’s second head coach in its Division I era in February 2013, following an eight-year term at Virginia Commonwealth. While at the Redhawk helm, he led the program to seven consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournament appearances, and amassed 93 wins, second-most in program history.
The Texas-born coach was also responsible for some of the program’s best players as he worked with three-time All-WAC selection Martina Samadan, two-time WAC Setter of the Year Shae Harris, 2015 WAC Newcomer of the Year Jelena Vujcin as well as WAC Freshmen of the Year Iris Ivanis and Katarina Marinkovic.
In his first three seasons, Finley led Seattle U to consecutive winning records in conference play and helped the Redhawks advance to the WAC Tournament semifinal in 2013. The next year, Finley steered the program to a fourth-place finish in the regular-season standings before orchestrating a thrilling run to the title match with victories over Utah Valley and regular-season champion Kansas City. Then, in 2015, the Redhawks notched their best season as a Division I program finishing 18-11 overall and third in league play at 9-5.
During his seven seasons, Finley saw his teams post several top five single-season marks in the Redhawks’ record book including, most aces in 2015 (202), second-most blocks (289.0) in 2014, most digs in 2018 (1,670) and finished the 2019 campaign with the second-most kills (1,429) and digs (1,619).
Finley’s collegiate coaching career spanned 21 seasons, including 19 as a head coach with prior stops at Arizona Western College and VCU. He spent 15 seasons in the NCAA Division I ranks, posting 244 career victories in 477 games.
Volleyball Tips by James Finley:
Co-Director Joe Amaral
Joe Amaral is the Skagit Valley College Head Volleyball Coach.View Joe's Bio ⟩
Skagit Valley College Head Coach, Former Varsity Head Coach Squalicum High School for 5 years, and 7 years coaching club at SIVA.
Camp Coach Ariel Newman
Ariel Newman is the Co-Founder & Director of Training + Athlete Development for Volleyballer Training Academy.View Ariel's Bio ⟩
Ariel Newman is a native of Greensboro, NC. Coming from a basketball and football family, Newman wasn't introduced to the sport of volleyball until middle school when she began playing for her school team. This is where her love for the sport manifested. She began her high school career at Southern Guilford, where she was the only freshman starter on the varsity team, earning MVP honors and other accolades throughout her 4 years.
Newman was introduced to AAU/Club volleyball in 2004 by Kim Mansfield, the founder of Piedmont Volleyball Club. This was a life-changing experience for a 14-year-old, who was still new to the game. Training and competing over the next four years, she learned that volleyball brought so many good things into her life, including more structure, new friends, other great volleyball families, and the motivation to be better every day.
Newman earned a scholarship and was offered the opportunity to play volleyball in college. She was a 4-year starter at two Division 1 programs, Virginia Commonwealth University & the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology in 2012 from UNCG, and her Master’s in Psychology: Sports and Performance at the University of the Rockies in 2014.
Newman’s passion for the sport led to her desire to coach. She has been involved in leading and coaching AAU/Club teams since 2010. In 2012, Newman took the role of head coach for the Greensboro Panthers Homeschool program. Here, she really learned the importance of being a role model to young females. She helped lead the program to two championships in 2013 and 2014. Newman states, “It was a privilege to watch them fall in love with the game.”
In the fall of 2015, Newman became the assistant coach at Guilford College. This was the stepping stone that led her to achieve higher collegiate coaching goals. Since 2016 she has been in the role of Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at North Carolina A&T State University.
As Newman has continued to learn from various collegiate and club volleyball coaches throughout her career, she has gained the understanding that the fundamental skill development of young athletes is the cornerstone of elevating the sport. The more attention that is given to developing our youth, the more well-rounded athletes we will have throughout all levels of the sport. Athletic development is a process and with time, commitment, drive, and passion, anything is possible. Newman is excited to be starting this new chapter at Volleyballer Training Academy.
Coach Ariel's Volleyball Resume:
High School (2003-2007)
- Broke the school record for the most kills in a season as a freshman
- A four-year letterwinner at Southern Guilford HS in Greensboro, N.C.
- Four-time North State all-conference player
- Two-time Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference player of the Year.
- Conference player of the year honors as a sophomore and senior
- MVP of the conference tournament as a freshman and senior
- Named to the all-area team by the Greensboro News & Record
- Selected as team captain her senior season.
College (VCU (07’-08’) then transferred to UNCG(09’- 12’)
- 4 year starter as an Outside Hitter at both Universities
- Played 6 rotations at both Universities
- Earned multiple all-tournament team awards
- Led VCU to 2007 CAA semifinals
- Led UNCG to 2010 SoCon Quarterfinals
School and AAU Coaching Career ( Middle - High School)
- Coached for Piedmont VBC (09’-20’)
- Head Coach for Greensboro Panthers (12’-14’)
- Trained all positions and levels
- Led Panthers Varsity program to win Championships back to back
- Led 15 Elite to Capitol Hill Championship win
College Coaching Career (2015-2021)
- Assistant Coach at Guilford College (15’-16’)
- Assistant Head Coach at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (16’-21’)
- Recognized as VolleyBallMag Under 40 Coaching HotShots (2020)
- Helped N.C A&T win the MEAC 2020 Championship Game
- Participated in the 2020 NCAA Tournament
- Participated in the 2019 and 2021 National Invitational Volleyball Championships Tournament (NIVC)
- Helped players win conference all tournament team and player awards (2016-2021)
- Recruiting and Travel Coordinator
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: Last year, camp sessions SOLD OUT at this location. You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- Age Group: 11-18
- Gender: Girls
- Programs: High School Tryout Prep Camp, All Skills Camp, & Serving Clinic
- Camp Options: Half Day & Full Day
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided, please bring a sack lunch to camp each day.
2023 CAMP DATES
- August 4-6: High School Tryout Prep Camp
- August 7: Serving Clinic
- August 7-9: All Skills Camp
- Attend multiple sessions! Campers are encouraged to attend multiple 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.
HIGH SCHOOL TRYOUT PREP CAMP
- Dates: August 4-6
- Gender/Age: Girls, Ages 14-18/Grades 8-12
- Check-in: 8:00am-8:45am on Friday at the gym
- Check-out: 4:00pm on Sunday at the gym
- Daily Hours: Friday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm,
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch each day.
- Program: This Tryout Prep program is geared towards high school and club level players, girls ages 14-18, entering into grades 8-12, with 2 or more years of competitive experience. All athletes MUST have a minimum of 2 years of playing experience, basic volleyball and position skills, and some understanding of rotation along with the ability to serve overhand. This intense, challenging program stresses position play, advanced team techniques, physical conditioning, and a higher level of competitive play. The camp will provide players with, position work & development, skill development, rotations, offensive and defensive systems, and developing a player's ability to read and process the game. In addition, players will work on mindset training and concepts for positive self-talk, confidence building, and methods to handle pressure during competition.
- Dates: August 7
- Gender/Age: Girls, Ages 11-18
- Check-in: 8:00am-8:45am at the gym
- Check-out: 11:30am at the gym
- Daily Hours: Monday 9:00am-11:30am
- Lunch*: Lunch is not provided.
- Program: This Serving Clinic is designed to focus solely on serving the volleyball. Learn how to be confident and aggressive from behind the line! This program will focus on the various techniques of serving, along with improving consistency. Campers will learn and improve through drill work, challenging games, demonstrations, and maximum repetitions. Recommended for players of all abilities.
*If you are planning to attend the All Skills Camp after, please bring your lunch. Campers will be supervised from 11:30am-12:30pm.
ALL SKILLS CAMP
- Dates: August 7-9
- Gender/Ages: Girls, Ages 11-16/Grades 6-10
- Check-in: 12:00am-12:45pm on Monday at the gym
- Check-out: 4:00pm on Wednesday at the gym
- Daily Hours: Monday 1:00pm-6:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-6:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch each day.
- Program: This All Skills program is geared towards girls ages 11-16/grades 6-10 of with 0-3 years of some playing experience. Campers will be taught the basic skills for all positions, with exposure to volleyball systems, rotations, and competitions. Our 11-12 year old athletes train on the same net height with the lighter ball that is used when playing USA Volleyball 12 and under. Our 13-16 year old athletes go through skill testing and are placed on courts with other campers at their same physical and skill abilities to create success and confidence for each athlete. All campers will be taught the same skills and concepts.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning and afternoon training sessions
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch each day.
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps 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 kneepads and have at least one pair of well-broken-in volleyball (court) shoes. Campers do not need to bring their own ball.
- Facility: Indoor courts
- 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 NOTE TO CAMPERS
“We are excited you have chosen to train with us at Nike Volleyball Camps this summer. It is so much fun for camp staff to share our experience and knowledge in helping you improve your skills, mindset and understanding of the game. The camp philosophy is to teach technique through the development of an athletes mindset. This allows a volleyball player to gain knowledge, make good decisions and learn to perform under pressure. Two way communication between campers and staff allows us to work together with each camper in their development while having fun” - James Finley
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.
- Athletic, on-court clothing (t-shirts, shorts)
- Indoor volleyball shoes, well broken-in
- Outdoor athletic shoes
- Knee pads
- Water bottle*
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Packed lunch and snacks
- 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)
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.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
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.Show Less See More Camp Details
Sample Daily Schedule - All Skills/High School Tryout Prep
- 8:30am Campers arrive
- 9:00am-12:00pm Session I
- 12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
- 1:30pm-4:00pm Session II
- 4:00pm-4:30pm Snack/Break
- 4:30pm-6:00pm Competition Session
- 6:00pm Campers depart
Skagit Valley College is located in Mount Vernon, Washington, and serves all of Skagit Island and the San Juan Counties. Mount Vernon is a historic city that was established in 1870, and sits on the banks of the Skagit River.
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.
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This camp was everything she wanted!
July 1, 2019: Very simple and easy web sign up and again the same on registration say. The camp offered exactly what my daughter needed. Sharpen skills and improve on areas she has needed to. Mallory was challenged by other great playing campers, met some wonderful friends she will be in contact with after camp and hope to attend again next summer with. She loves meeting new people! The coaches were very engaged with all athletes and offered Mallory new ways to work on her form and just be a well rounded player over all. She usually just plays middle and I must say it was fun to watch my daughter play all positions on the court during scrimmages. I would even come an hour early just to watch them! Tons a video too. It was fun to watch the teams build such a great bond.so quickly! When I asked Mallory on the way home about how she liked camp overall and she loved it, she never worked so hard while having fun and she herself gave you a 10 out of 10. Thank you and we Will certainly love to partake in any future camps NIKE offers!
— Stacy D. Parent
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.