Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University
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Get better this summer at our volleyball camp in Fairfield at Sacred Heart University. Led by SHU Women's Volleyball Coach, Rob Machan, these summer camps for kids provide the opportunity for players to improve their skills and have lots of fun!
Our Connecituct volleyball camp offers a variety of camps to suit the needs of all players, including All Skills, Advanced and Position Speciality programs.
- Instruction from collegiate coaching staff and players
- 6-7 hours daily instruction, with 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Variety of programs for all skill levels
- All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Camp Director Rob Machan
Rob Machan took over the head coaching reigns of the Pioneers women's volleyball program in 2007 and has molded the team into a Northeast Conference powerhouse.View Rob Machan's Bio & Volleyball Tips ⟩
In his first four seasons at Sacred Heart the Pioneers made the playoffs every season, improved their record every year, and eventually captured their first-ever Northeast Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2010. SHU made more history in 2010, setting the program record with 29 victories and posting a perfect 16-0 at home.
Machan has quickly filled up the trophy case at SHU and was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2010. During his short tenure Machan's athletes have claimed two NEC Setter of the Year awards, one NEC Rookie of the Year accolade, and one NEC Player of the Year honor. Machan has coached five different student-athletes to the All-NEC first team and six players have earned All-NEC second team recognition. SHU competed in its first NCAA Tournament under Machan in 2010, supplying drama in a first round loss to #3 Nebraska.
Machan joined the Sacred Heart athletic department after two years as an assistant coach in at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. As a member of head coach Chris Keife's staff, Machan helped guide the Cougar program back to the NAIA Tournament in 2005 for the first time since 2000. He helped the Cougars match that feat again in 2006, the first time in school history they received back-to-back bids to the tournament. While at APU he graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Education
Prior to his stint at Azusa Pacific, Machan spent the previous four seasons (five overall) as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Southern California. While working with the Trojans his primary responsibilities with the team included coaching and training blocking systems, coordinating the defense and serving strategy, and assisting in recruiting. He also handled the program's alumni and community relations, as well as its gift and fundraising efforts.
After nearly two successful decades worth of experience at the club volleyball level, none could match the experience Machan enjoyed at USC under hall-of-fame coach Mick Haley. In 2002, he, along with fellow assistant Keife, helped coach USC to the national title. In 2003, he aided the Women of Troy in capturing a second straight national championship, its third Pac-10 championship in a five-year period, and a perfect 35-0 record, which including an NCAA record 47-straight victories. While at USC, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
With more than 18 years of experience as a girls' volleyball coach, Machan founded the Long Beach Volleyball Club in 1986 and Power/Asics Nova Volleyball Club in 1995. He coached Long Beach Club for six seasons, worked with the Magnum Volleyball Club for two years and then spent the past five years with Power/Asics Nova. Starting in 1991, his club teams earned medals in the Junior Olympic National Open Tournament nine times, including three gold.
As the La Habra (Calif.) High varsity girls' coach from 1994 to 1995, he led the team to consecutive league titles and two CIF quarterfinal appearances.
Volleyball Tips by Rob Machan:
This year we are offering Overnight and Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) camps for girls of all ability levels. Campers can choose between All Skills/Intermediate (ages 10-17), Advanced (ages 14-17) and Position Specialty (ages 10-17) programs. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2018 CAMP DATES
- July 10-11 (All Skills/Intermediate)
- July 11-12 (Position Specialty)
- July 12-15 (Advanced I)
- July 27-28 (Position Specialty)
- July 28-31 (Advanced II)
*Please note: Due to SHU's new policies, all Overnight Campers must be entering Sophomore-Senior year (Grades 10-12) of high school in Fall of 2018 and be of ages 14-17 during the time of camp. Younger participants are welcome to attend as Extended Day Campers.Show Less See More Camp Details
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.
*Please note: Due to SHU's new policies, all Overnight Campers must be entering Sophomore-Senior year (Grades 10-12) of high school in Fall of 2018 and be of ages 14-17 during the time of camp. Younger participants are welcome to attend as Extended Day Campers.
This program is geared towards girls, ages 10-17, of all skill levels. Campers will master the fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through a mix of drills, games and competitive play.
This program is geared towards high school and club level players (ages 14-17/grades 9-12) with 2-3 years of competitive experience. This intense, challenging program stresses position play, advanced team techniques, physical conditioning, and a higher level of competitive play.
This program is geared towards players, ages 10-17, wanting to hone their skills in a specific position. Campers choose one position to focus on for the duration of camp and receive specialized training on the latest techniques. Options Include: Setter, Hitter, and Libero.
*ATTEND MULTIPLE SESSIONS
We encourage campers to maximize their camp experience by linking consecutive camp sessions together. Players have the option to attend:
- the All Skills/Intermediate Session followed by the Position Specialty I Session (July 10-12)
- the Position Specialty I Session, followed by the Advanced I Session (July 11-15)
- the Position Specialty II Session and Advanced II Session (July 27-31)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2018 SESSION SCHEDULES
All Skills/Intermediate: July 10-11
- Check-in: 1:00-2:30pm on Tuesday at the William H. Pitt Center
- Check-out: 1:30pm on Wednesday
- *Extended Day Camper Schedule: Tuesday 2:30-9:00pm, Wednesday 8:45am-1:30pm
Position SPECIALTY I: July 11-12
- Check-in: 2:00-3:30pm on Wednesday at the William H. Pitt Center
- Check-out: 1:30pm on Thursday
- *Extended Day Camper Schedule: Wednesday 3:00-9:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-1:30pm
ADvanced I: July 12-15
- Check-in: 2:00-3:30pm on Thursday at the William H. Pitt Center
- Check-out: 2:00pm on Sunday
- *Extended Day Camper Schedule: Thursday 3:00-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm
Position SPECIALTY II: July 27-28
- Check-in: 2:00-3:30pm on Friday at the William H. Pitt Center
- Check-out: 1:30pm on Saturday
- *Extended Day Camper Schedule: Wednesday 3:30-9:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-1:30pm
Advanced II: July 28-31
- Check-in: 2:00-3:30pm on Saturday at the William H. Pitt Center
- Check-out: 2:00pm on Tuesday
- *Extended Day Camper Schedule: Saturday 3:00-9:00pm, Sunday & Monday 9:00am-9:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-2:00pm
*Extended Day Camper Schedule may vary. Campers will receive more details on the first day of camp.
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 Nike Volleyball Camps 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 $15 at the time of registration. Balls will be given out on the last day of camp.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPTMENT & 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.
- 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.
- *Please note: Due to SHU's new policies, all overnight campers must be entering Sophomore-Senior year (Grades 10-12) of high school in Fall of 2018 and be of ages 14-17 during the time of camp. Younger participants are welcome to attend as Extended Day Campers.
- Dorm: TBA
- Campers Per Room: 2
- 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: Yes, both the gym and dorms are air conditioned
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:
- Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT)
- West Chester County Airport – (White Plains, NY)
- LaGuardia International Airport – (NYC)
- John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport – (NYC)
- Tweed New Haven Airport (New Haven, CT)
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.
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. Sacred Heart University, Inc. does not sponsor the camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up, shower, breakfast
- 9:00am Extended Day Campers arrive. Stretching & warm up.
- 9:15am Training Session I
- 12:00pm Lunch, rest
- 1:30pm Training Session II
- 4:00pm Free time, rest
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Training Session III
- 8:00-9:00pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:00pm Overnight Campers to rooms. Free time.
- 10:30pm Lights out
Located between Boston and New York City, in beautiful suburban Fairfield, Connecticut, Sacred Heart University is one of the finest athletic centers in New England.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
August 7, 2017: My daughter absolutely loved this camp. This is her third time at a Nike camp and this was her favorite. She loved the counselors, the facility and the playing time.
— Laura B. Parent
August 7, 2017: Over the years this camp has proved to be well run, accessible to all abilities, and runs in August while my daughters have been at other non-volleyball camps in July. The August window is great.
— Sarah R. Parent
Camp is terrific!
August 2, 2017: Sacred Heart is a great facility, very easy to reach from Manhattan -- the camp is very challenging. My daughter plays on a travel team and starts for her school's JV team -- she learns a lot each summer. The facility is great -- the dorms are beautiful, clean, and my daughter says the food is great. She has gone two years in a row. Both Nathalie and I think the camp is terrific -- she is happy being in a challenging environment and not being the best person on the team, perhaps because we have always taught her that you don't want to be the best person on the court -- that's not how you improve. She got a lot of play time because she was the only middle on her team -- that was a bonus. She is still growing and improving her skills at this camp, which is what any parent would want. Thank you!
— Donna C. Parent
August 2, 2017: Kirra made many new friends and had fun! (Most of the time). Almost all of the coaches were friendly and engaging. She loved Bruna and Eduardo! There was lots of energy in the gym and made for a great environment. Kirra said the food was really good. She has a love for the game and wants to continue to play as much as she can. She saw what a great experience the older girls were having with their main coach and would love to give this camp another chance.
— Debroah B. Parent
Learned her position!
August 1, 2017: My daughter learned to serve more consistently as well as figuring out which position best fits her.
— Kathleen R. Parent
August 1, 2017: Highlights include the patience and encouragement she received from the coaching staff. In addition to the friendly and positive attitudes of everyone. Everything was great!
— Tenisha W. Parent
August 1, 2017: Julie enjoyed attending camp very much. She especially loved the tournament.
— Dawn H. Parent
Learned a lot!
August 1, 2017: She had the most fun and she absolutely loved her team and her coach and the new skills she learned and came home and said she can't wait for school season/club season to begin she said she'd absolutely do it again. She came home asking if next time she could go for a longer period of time.
— Maura M. Parent
High Quality Coaches!
July 28, 2017: I loved the tournament play, Creating team name/posters, Meeting new people, Getting to watch the coaches play, Receiving instruction and feedback from qualified college level players, Coaching staff was high quality with a very nice, friendly, effective manner. They really seemed to understand the age group, development level and made it fun!
— Jocelyn H. Parent
July 27, 2017: Improved skills, and learned other and new skills and positions. Also, got a lot of constructive and helpful feedback to help her in the future.
— Siobhan S. Parent
July 26, 2017: My daughter expressed that the spirit and energy were really great at this camp!! She loved the position specialty portion and said it was very helpful.
— Jayme W. Parent
July 26, 2017: Learning new techniques, modeling by very talented players, and staying in the dorm and the good food :) My daughter was one of the youngest participants but she said the older kids and counselors were very welcoming and encouraging. Overall it was a great experience for her! Thank you!
— Kathleen H. Parent
Enjoyed meeting new friends!
July 26, 2017: My daughter enjoying dorm life with old friends and meeting new friends. playing VB with new set of people.
— Cindy C. parent
July 25, 2017: She had an amazing experience at Nike Volleyball Camp. She made a lot of new friends and learned a lot more skills. She is looking forward to coming next year.
— Helen C. Parent
July 25, 2017: The first day my daughter texted me during camp about how she loves it and wish she stayed for the extra day for position specialty!
— Jennifer F. parent
July 25, 2017: The people were so nice and she really had a great time.
— Debby D. Parent
August 10, 2016: Very good camp for beginners and advance players alike. The atmosphere is safe and a team spirit is encouraged. The coaches are great and are truly fun to be around. The food is excellent as well. I would definitely go again!
— Jamile J. Camper
Great for any age and level!
July 31, 2016: The Nike Volleyball Camps are an amazing experience for beginners and advanced players. The staff is amazing, they make you feel like you are part of a big family. These camps are a great experience for any age player!
— Linda H. Camper
July 15, 2016: This camp was a fantastic experience for my daughter. She play tons of volleyball, improved her skills and met really nice girls in the process. The staff is very tentative to needs both of the camper and the parents. I highly recommend this program!
— Lois P. Parent
Can't wait for next year
August 15, 2015: I originally signed my daughter up as a day camper but after just an hour at camp she was begging me to let her be a boarder. She had a great time and can't wait to go back next year!
— Kim E. Parent
Awesome balance of intensity and fun
August 10, 2015: Sacred Heart University Nike Volleyball Camp was such a great experience and I highly suggest the camp to all girls from the ones discovering their interest in the sport to advanced level girls looking for some pointers on how to get a more consistent pass. In addition to the quality of the sessions, the D1 volleyball team brings the perfect amount of intensity and spirit to the court that is needed for an all-around great camp experience!
— Emily C. Camper
July 28, 2015: I would definitely recommend the Nike camp to others because of their encouraging coaches, fun and challenging drills, and informative practices. I learned so much in four days!
— Susan H. Camper
This camp had a good relationship between staff and campers and it definitely placed a major focus on improving while having fun.
— Camper '15
Instruction was very hands on and motivational. They told you what you were doing wrong but with a positive outlook on what you could do to be better. Having the players as coaches made it a lot better because those girls used to be in the exact position we were in. Overall, just a great camp.
— Camper '14
Now i'm a sports mom!
I'm a sports mom. I would not have been able to say that a short time a go. Under the guidance and instruction of the entire coach staff of the Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University, I have been able to see a positive change in my daughter. She WANTS to be an athlete. The staff of the camp have help to foster and strength her athletic talents while booster her inner sole and make her to strive to do and be more. I wish all camps were like Nike Sacred Heart.
— Parent '14
Perfect your form
Every day, there are so many hours of volleyball and you will get so many touches on the ball. The coaches really know the game and will help you to perfect your form.
— Camper '14
My daughter has attended this camp for three years now and loves each session - her game has really improved.
— Parent '13
My daughter loved Nike VB Camp at SHU so much. She said it was the best sports camp she has been to and she has attended many BB and VB camps over the years. The instructors taught her so many new skills and had such positive attitudes. Overall, GREAT experience.
— Parent '13
This is an excellent camp! The coaches are very attentive and assist you at all levels. They followed through to make sure that everyone understood proper technique.
— Camper '13
High caliber instructors
I would highly recommend the camp. The instructors are of high caliber and they know the game very well. They are not lazy and they care about the kids and look at where the player needs help. I will come back it's a awesome camp.
— Camper '12
What a positive experience for my daughter. She came out of the camp prepared and confident for making her high school team. And she made it! Thank you.
— Parent '12
Prepare for Tryouts
I had an amazing time at the Nike volleyball camp at Sacred Heart. My coach was amazing and taught me a lot of new techniques to work on. I learned so much there and became a better volleyball player by going to this camp. It got me ready for tryouts.
Friendly and Intense
I am from Canada and I traveled all the way from Montreal to Sacred Heart University to do this camp. I really wanted to improve my volleyball skills, so I stayed for 3 sessions. The many drills we did really allowed me to practice and get better. Even though I did not know anyone, I made some great friends and the coaches are super nice! If you like volleyball and want to improve in a friendly, but intense environment, the Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University is perfect for you!
I do a Nike camp almost every year. My coaches are always surprised when I come back to school because I've improved so much!
I had an awesome time at the Sacred Heart University NIKE Volleyball Camp. I met great friends, coaches, and most importantly grew as a volleyball player. I would recommend the advanced program to players who want a challenging but reasonable camp.
Ready for try-outs
Attending the Nike Volleyball Camp at SHU was a great introduction to competitive play to my soon to be high school daughter. Having no formal training before camp except for recreational volleyball town camps, this was a great insight and experience to let her know what to expect as she tries out for the high school team this fall.
Friendly and wonderful
I love this camp because the environment was so friendly and wonderful. The instructors are very nice and very helpful. We played a ton of volleyball... We definitely got more than we expected.
Good balance of serious instruction and fun
The Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University was a wonderful experience. The camp director and staff are well prepared, coordinated and dedicated to provide students both fundamental and advanced volleyball skills, with a right blend of serious instruction and fun. The progress made by all campers was evident.
I definitely would recomend Nike Volleyball Camps. The SHU camp was a wonderful experience. I was pushed out of my comfert zone which caused me to really excel and push myself to the next level. Instruction was great. I learned what the true meaning of team is and what it takes to win. I promise you you would not be let down while attending a Nike Volleyball Camp.
Excellent coaching staff
"Intensive, fun, and rigorous training session. Daughter enjoyed the dorms and made great friends. The coaching staff was excellent."
Didn't want it to end!
"My daughter was new to the sport of volleyball and she had never stayed at an overnight camp. The Nike volleyball Camp combined the right balance of technical skills with building camper spirit and fun. She didn't want the camp to end and she wants to sign up again for next year!"
Very well run
Nike Volleyball camp at Sacred Heart University is one of the best run volleyball camps, for any player, novice to advanced. My daughters have been attending these programs for years and have improved greatly each season.
The Nike Volleyball Camp at Sacred Heart University blends instruction for individualized positions, court awareness, and overall skill-building that allows for any level of player to benefit. The whole camp environment is very fun, but conversely intense which makes for a lot of improvement for a camper!
Amazing energy and instruction
This camp is an energy and instruction filled environment with places for players of all levels to participate comfortably in differing drills and games while learning the skills as well as the big picture to the game of volleyball.
Nike volleyball camp has taught me how to be aggressive and competitive, along with learning how to be positive and support and cheer on my team. The camp has made me confident in playing and I improved tremendously within the 4 days. It was some of the most intense, sore, and memorable 4 days of my life. I would do it 100 times again
Get ready for tryouts
My daughter loved the camp and loved sleeping over and getting to know other players from high schools across CT and NY too! She learned a new kind of serve that the varsity players do and thought that it looked good by the time she left the camp. Great preparation for high school tryouts.
I loved the camp! I met a lot of great people and the coaches made it so much fun! This was not my first time and will definitely not be my last!