Nike Volleyball Camp at Principia College
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Get better this summer at our 2019 volleyball camp at Principia College in Elsah, IL. The 2018 season marked Coach Sprague's 20th season at the helm of Principia's volleyball program.
Sprague's wealth of coaching experience and her knowledgeable staff creates the perfect learning environment for young players to take their game to a new level. Available sessions include all skills training, advanced level training, a position specific program, and an exciting beach volleyball program.
- Instruction from collegiate coaching staff and players
- 6-7 hours daily instruction, with 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Variety of programs for all skill levels
- All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Camp Director Mary Ann Sprague
The 2018 season marked Coach Sprague's 21st season at the helm of Principia's volleyball program, and she moved to over 300 career wins in October 2017. Her wealth of coaching experience and her knowledgeable staff creates the perfect learning environment for young players to take their game to a new level.View Mary Ann Sprague's Bio ⟩
As a student at Principia College she was a strong competitor in volleyball, swimming, and track and field and was the recipient of the Howard L. Mitchell Athletic Award her senior year.
Sprague started her coaching career at the high school level, and then served as the assistant coach at University of Missouri (D1) as a setter coach before moving to Florida. In Florida, Sprague was co-director of Jacksonville Juniors and coached the Elite 18s, as well as training setters for a community college. Upon her return to the midwest, Sprague has coached for Southern Heat Volleyball Club, and founded her own Club that works to develop young athletes in a rural area that has no consistency in their ability to offer coaches to middle school and high school programs.
Sprague has been a coach and personal trainer for volleyball players for 28 years and currently holds the highest certification granted by the volleyball coaches' accrediting program. Sprague has received four SLIAC Coach of the Year awards.
Mary Ann has put Principia College on the map with a variety of high quality youth volleyball training programs. She and her college players and alumni have coached over 650 local youth since 2008, including programs for kids as young as 2nd grade all the way to her (HIT) High Intensity Training Nike Volleyball camp and regional team camps she runs. Sprague will be offering Nike Volleyball camps again this year - at Principia College.
Sprague is also Principia's associate athletic director, directing the Sports Information department and the Graduate Assistant program.
Coach Heather Fairbanks
Heather Fairbanks came back to Principia College to fill the Sports Information Director position after teaching and coaching in various sports, since graduating from Principia College inView Heather Fairbanks's Bio ⟩
Heather Fairbanks came back to Principia College to fill the Sports Information Director position after teaching and coaching in various sports, since graduating from Principia College in 2005. Fairbanks was a graduate assistant for head volleyball coach Mary Ann Sprague for two seasons after graduating, and also helped develop and run a volleyball club in St. Louis during that time. Later, Fairbanks went to Edmond, Oklahoma and taught middle school math and coached volleyball and track at the middle school level and also coached club volleyball for various age groups.
This year we are offering a few sessions of Overnight and Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) camp for girls, ages 10-18. Campers can choose between All Skills (ages 10-18), Advanced (ages 14-18), Position Specialty (ages 10-18) and Beach (ages 10-18) programs. See "More Camp Details" for further information
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 21-23 (All Skills/Advanced)
- July 23-25 (Position Specialty)
- July 25-27 (Beach Volleyball)
CAMP PROGRAM OFFERINGS
All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
This program is open to players of all ability levels. Here you’ll master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain game play experience. Every aspect of the game is covered, giving you a solid skill foundation to build upon after camp.
This camp is recommended for high school varsity (entering sophomore, junior or senior year) and club players with a commitment to the sport and the ability and motivation to play in college. This intense, challenging program will stress position play, advanced team techniques and match play all with high intensity. Get ready to work!
This programs is designed for players who want to specialize in the Setter, Hitter, or Libero (Defensive Specialist) positions.
Beach volleyball was added by the NCAA at the collegiate level in 2012 as a result of the sport's growing popularity. This program shows campers the ropes of beach volleyball by playing on smaller courts and seeing firsthand how intense it is to play doubles. Sand players train to become well rounded in all areas of the game.
*ATTEND MULTIPLE SESSIONS
We encourage campers to maximize their camp experience by attending consecutive camp sessions. Players have the option to attend all three sessions.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULES
- Check-in: between 12:30pm-2:00pm on Sunday, July 21st at Rackham Court
- Check-out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Tuesday July 23rd
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday 2:00-9:00pm, Monday 9:00am-9:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm
- Check in: 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 23rd at Rackham Court
- Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Thursday, July 25th
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-9:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Beach volleyball camp
- Check-in: 6:00pm on Thursday, July 25th at Rackham Court
- Check-out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Saturday, July 27th
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Thursday 6:00-9:00pm, Friday 9:00am-9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Daily volleyball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a camp t-shirt and prizes.
- Volleyballs: Volleyballs are provided for each camper to use during instruction at camp, so campers do not need to bring their own. Campers do have the option of purchasing a Molten Volleyball for $17 when you register at the time of registration. Balls will be given out on the last day of camp.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Players Grouped by: ability, age, years of 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 balls. Swimsuit and sandals for pool time.
- Facility: Hay Field House
- 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.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camper Registration Packets, emailed to all campers closer to the camp’s start date.
- Campers Per Room: 2-4
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be 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 a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Bathrooms: shared
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: Please refer to the Camper Registration Packet. A/C availability depends on our specific dorm assignment.
Nike Volleyball Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service. The closest airports to campus are Lambert-St. Louis International and Indianapolis International Airport.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 6:40am Advanced Camper wake-up, shower
- 7:00am Advanced Camper workout
- 7:30am All Skills Camper wake-up, shower
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 8:45am Extended Day Campers arrive
- 9:00am Training Session I: 4x45 minute stations
- 12:15pm Lunch, rest
- 1:00pm Camp store open/Optional swimming
- 3:30pm Training Session II
- 5:45pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Training Session III: Wallyball, grass VB, beach VB
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:15pm Lights out
Principia sits on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton in the Metro East region of Southern Illinois, thirty miles north of St. Louis.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 30, 2018: This was her last year at NIKE as she is a senior. She has really improved her skills over the last 4 years she has been attending. She went from being middle back to having skills to be libero! She will certainly miss Mary Ann, the staff and campers. Thanks NIKE! Bump! Set! Spike!!
— Angela M. Parent0
Time of her life
July 28, 2018: This was Chloe’s first time staying away from home. She was nervous, but as instantly reassured by the staff. She had the time of her life, meeting new people, team bonding, and of course gaining more skill in her favorite sport.
— Michele A. Parent0
5th Year and still the best camp!
July 27, 2018: This is my daughter's 5th year at this camp, and it is by far the most well-run and organized camp she's ever been to. She actually has fun but learns and improves skills too.
— Donna G. Parent0
Worth the money
July 26, 2018: She has so much more confidence, in her abilities....She had such great encouragement, for the staff. This was first time my daughter has ever attended a camp like this, she said she stayed busy pretty much the whole time....I totally feel with all she's shared with us we got our monies worth and that she has gained so much, for sure will go to another Nike Camp.
— Crystal R. Parent
July 26, 2018: We just picked up our daughter and our trip home, we only heard praises about the camp...She felt she gained confidence, skills and loved how the staff was so encouraging...She for sure wants to go back and add the third session they offered...beach volleyball...:) So thankful for the staff, for keeping my daughter safe, and helping her grow in her volleyball journey, to become a stronger,skilled player..
— Crystal R. Parent
Loved the food and staff!
August 9, 2017: My daughter enjoyed meeting new friends and increasing her volleyball skill level. She loved the food and staff!
— Kyle B. Parent
I want to come back!
August 3, 2017: The other campers were easy to talk to, and the coaches helped improve my hitting. I will most definitely want to come back next year!
— Amy M. Parent
July 26, 2017: The entire camp was the highlight of my child's camp experience! The staff and campus personal were wonderful especially with all the storm damage and power outages in the area. This was my daughter's first time attending a Nike Volleyball camp and I was very impressed! Everyone was very helpful and nice. She hasn't stopped talking about her experience. We will definitely be back next year!
— Holly S. Parent
Had a lot of fun!
July 25, 2017: She learned how to jump serve and had a lot of fun!
— Kathryn M. Parent
August 10, 2016: Great staff! Great training! Great team building! Super caring and kind! Challenging too!!
— Joanna D. Parent
Lots of new friends
August 8, 2016: My daughter loved every minute of camp! She made lots of new friends and learned a lot! I'm sure she will be back!
— Brian H. Parent
Everything was amazing
August 5, 2016: Everything about the camp was AMAZING!! My daughter had the time of her life at Principia College. She gained so much knowledge and made a lot of friends. The staff was wonderful. We will definitely be back next year!!! Thank you Nike and Principia!!
— Lilyan D. Parent
August 11, 2015: I recommend this camp for all stages of play because it focuses on each level. No matter what stage of play you are at you get the reps, attention, and help that you need. They coaches are amazing and very understanding! Out of my 10 years of playing volleyball this was the best camp I ever went to, As a varsity player I learned a lot that I can bring to the game at my own level.
— Cathy C. Camper
Fun and challenging
August 1, 2015: This camp was super fun and challenging. Everyone encourages you to try your best. There was always something to do, the camp went by so fast! Can't wait to go back next year.
— Tricia W. Camper
Can't wait for next year
July 31, 2015: We were very excited at the prospect of what Nike camp had to offer our daughter...and we were not disappointed! The atmosphere, campus and coaches were wonderful! We certainly plan for her to attend camp next year, even expand to two sessions instead. We can't wait for the season to start this year so we can see her improvement first hand!
— Angela M. Parent
My daughter experiences were unique for her during this camp. Campus life and gym facilities were excellent. Excellent place to make new friends. Coaching staff was very professional and knowledgeable. Coach Sprague and Coach Christina worked with my daughter and pushed her to the max. Both coaches inspired my daughter and helped her to understand that she needs to work hard and learn more about this sport to continue to excel while playing this sport. The camp did excellent work with my daughter skills. She was very excited about the beach volleyball camp. It was a new experience for my daughter. She had a good time playing beach volleyball and learned new skills for this sport. I hope the program is extended and continue to be offered. I do recommend these camps to other players and parents. A+
— Parent '14
Receive Personal Instruction
My oldest daughter raves about the campus. She says it reminds her of Hogwarts...My youngest loves the food. The camp attendance is smaller than other camps they have attended. They receive personal instruction. The groups are very structured and focused. A wonderful experience for both 1st timers and experienced campers
— Parent '14
"My daughter had a very postive experience at the Nike camp the past 2 summers. She played a lot of volleyball and improved her skill level. Each year she met new friends and had fun, along with instruction. Looking forward to camp next year."
— Parent '14
Will Attend Next Year
"Our daughter came home even more excited about the sport she loves. the staff and coach were very knowledgeable and encouarging to master a skill they may not have had before they came to this camp. Our daughter will attend next year and stay longer."
— Parent '14
"My daughter attended several camps this summer, and the Nike camp was her favorite by far."
"This year was the first year we sent our daughter to the Nike Volleyball Camp. We did not know what to expect. My daughter learned a great deal at camp. She told us that the intense workout is just that...intense! She said that the instructors were great. She is looking forward to going again next year."
"It was an incredible experience for my daughter Kaleigh. She didn't want to leave the camp and she said she wants to go for a week next time. She couldn't say enough about the coaches and staff and she was sad to leave. She also said she wants to attend Principia College and she hopes to play volleyball there. Thank you!"
"The Principia Volleyball Summer Camp experience was wonderful for my daughter. She went knowing no one and a rather shy child, and came home with friends and a stronger volleyball player. The combination of volleyball instruction and personal growth have helped her physically and mentally to be a more confident, well rounded child. I would not hesitate to send her again next year! Thanks for a great experience."
"My daughter and her friend really enjoyed the camp. Camp was very organized and friendly. They met a lot of new friends and are anxious to return next year. The length of 4 days/3 nights was perfect. They also learned how to improve on their skills. Coaches were very good."
My daughter's awareness of the game increased 200%. Physical and technical abilities were developed and simple yet powerful techniques incorporated in her game play. Coaches where very attentive and had complete knowledge of the game and its fundamentals. Overall excellent camp, location, coaching and context. My personal thanks to MaryAnn for her attentions before and during and after the camp.
Our daughter had a great experience at Principia. Challenging, fun, fast-paced, great coaches, great food, beautiful campus environment. She came home tired, but excited about her experience. She plans to attend next year!
Camp is intense, well run, and a fun experience all at the same time. I had a daughter that entered the camp unsure of her skills and left camp a much improved and, just as important, her confidence level is WAY up!.....Thanks coaches.