Nike Volleyball Camp at University of Wisconsin Platteville
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Our 2019 Wisconsin volleyball camp covers every aspect of the game creating a competitive, informative, and fun volleyball camp experience. Join Head Volleyball Coach Samantha Birkicht this summer for collegiate instruction in the state-of-the-art Williams Fieldhouse.
This kids summer camp in Platteville offers Day Camp and Overnight Camp options for girls, ages 12-18, of all skill levels. Join the fun and get better this summer.
- Training for all skill levels
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- 6-7 hours daily volleyball training, with 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Camp Director Samantha Birkicht
Samantha Birkicht (Rogers) enters her third year as head volleyball coach at UW-Platteville. Birkicht is not a stranger to Pioneer volleyball as she worked as an assistant coach with the program from 2011-15. During her time with the program at UW-Platteville, Birkicht helped lead the team to three seasons with a record at or above .500, including back to back 21-win seasons in 2011 and 2012.View Samantha Birkicht's Bio ⟩
In her first year as head coach she led the Pioneers to their first season of .500 or better since 2014, her last year as an assistant. She began her coaching career 7-0 giving the program their best start to a season since 2004. Senior Allison Jensen earned her third All-WIAC selection and collected her 1,000th career kill. Senior Allie Carter became just the sixth Pioneer to reach 3,000 career assists and the first since Ali Sikic.
In her first year as assistant coach, the Pioneers continued a string of eight-consecutive berths to the WIAC Tournament, where they went on to finish fourth. Senior Briana Kaiser became only the second player in program history to earn multiple All-American honors from the AVCA. Senior Ali Sikic wrapped up her career with honorable mention AVCA all-region recognition, first team all-WIAC accolades and as the program's all-time assist leader with 5,487 assists. Sikic also was selected as the Judy Kruckman WIAC Scholar-Athlete for volleyball. Sophomores Stephanie Kirchner and Emily Kaiser were named first team and honorable mention all-WIAC, respectively. Birkicht returned to UW-Platteville in the fall of 2011 after turning around the volleyball program in the Forrest Valley School District. She guided a program from a below .500 mark to the conference title in 2010. She also directed the Freeport Fusion Volleyball Program for the last six years, serving as the site director and facility manager as well as the head coach. In 2007, she led Aquin Catholic High School in Freeport to its first conference title in 16 years.
Birkicht graduated from UW-Platteville, where she was recognized on the High Honors Dean’s List. She has her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Birkicht earned her master’s degree from Emporia State University and also has an associate of arts degree from Highland Community College.
Assistant Coach Nick Pinnola
UW-Platteville Athletics and head volleyball coach Samantha Birkicht announced Aug. 1, 2018 the addition of Nick Pinnola as the assistant coach for the Pioneers.View Nick's Bio ⟩
Pinnola joined the Pioneers after serving as the graduate assistant at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa from 2015-16. He assisted head coach April Elsbernd in leading the Spartan's volleyball program through two of the best seasons in the last decade. In addition to coaching, Pinnola instructed as an adjunct professor at Dubuque while teaching Volleyball Coaching Methods.
Outside of collegiate volleyball, Pinnola enjoys offering volleyball opportunities to the Dubuque area's youth. He served as one of three directors for Tri-State Performance VBC from 2016-18. The club averaged 13 teams with 100 players and 25 coaches. Prior to Tri-State Performance, Pinnola coached a 12U team in Dubuque from 2015-16 and led the 14U boys team of Southport VBC in Kenosha, Wisconsin to a USAV 15th in the nation finish. Prior to that, Pinnola coached two seasons at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha.
Pinnola started his coaching career at Bradford High School in Kenosha while coaching the boy's volleyball team from 2010-14. During that time, he coached the junior varsity team for three years and the varsity team for two years. In his second season, he led the team to the program's first number one seed in the playoffs.
A graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Pinnola received his BA in Social Sciences and Education in 2013. He went on to complete his MBA at University of Dubuque in 2017. Pinnola lives in Dubuque with his wife, Ellen.
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 (ages 12-18) during Sessions I & II and Advanced (ages 15-18) during Session I. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 8-11 (All Skills & Advanced)
- July 22-25 (All Skills)
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 geared towards girls, ages 12-18, 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 15-18, 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.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULES
SESSION I: JUly 8-11 (ALL SKILLS & ADVANCED) | SESSION II: JULY 22-25 ( ALL SKILLS)
- Check-in: 1:30-2:15pm on Monday
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 3:00pm on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 1:30-9:00pm, Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm, Thursday: 9:00am-3:45pm
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 $17 at the time of registration. Balls will be given out on the last day of camp.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:8 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.
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: 4 per suite
- 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: Attached to suite
- Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel
- 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 Dubuque Regional Airport or General Mitchell International Airport.
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.
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
- 3:00pm Day campers depart
- 4:00pm Free time, rest
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Training Session III
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers depart, Overnight Campers to rooms, free time
- 10:00pm Lights out
UW Platteville is located in Platteville, Wisconsin which is the tri-state area's second largest city.
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July 31, 2018: Jadyn went on her own and has attending other camps and thought this was the best one. She was able to build her skills, friendships were made, and most of all she had fun! She had nothing but raves about the food.
— Tracey P. Parent
Made a lot of friends
July 27, 2018: I made loads of new friends! My dorm roommates are going to be some of my friends for a while! Everyone at Platteville was very nice and welcome to new friends which was amazing! All of the practice sessions were very well run and that excited me as a player!
— Kathryn R. Camper
July 27, 2018: Rowan felt that the sessions were beneficial and that instructors really helped out with individual needs. As primarily and defensive specialist, she was very happy that she was allowed to hit, as well!
— Jennifer C. Parent
July 27, 2018: Carly said she felt the coaches really cared about her and provided excellent constructive feedback in a positive fashion. She also commented on dance time that sounded like a lot of fun. A highlight was Super Man Ice Cream:-)
— Glenn O. Parent
Her skills increased tremendously.
July 27, 2018: My child has never enjoyed a camp so much! We will definitely be returning to this one. Camp directors were knowledgeable and fun. She went into camp not even doing her jump serve and came out of camp doing her jump serve. Her skills increased tremendously. She met lots of new people and can't wait for next year. Thanks!
— Mia Z. Parent
She always learns a ton
July 13, 2018: This is my daughter's 3rd year and we are never disappointed. She always learns a ton. After a full week of camp you'd think she would want to go home and rest but she actually couldn't wait to go to volleyball league that same night to practice the skills she learned!! As she enters HS this year these new skills will be very beneficial... thank you for a great camp!!
— Alea L. Parent
July 13, 2018: A highlight was when the coaches took extra time out of there day to help kids that wanted an extra push. They were very helpful.
— Hannah W. Parent
July 13, 2018: She loved all of the nice coaches. She also enjoyed all of the new girls that she met. Her jump serve was so much better and it was an awesome experience we would do again!
— Michelle T. Parent
Learned a lot!
July 13, 2018: My daughter's favorite sport is volleyball. She said that coaches helped her with her jump serve and also with jump setting. She was super excited when she got home and thought the camp was really fun.
— Cindy H. Parent
July 13, 2018: This camp helped with improving her skills! She played in a tournament after checking out of camp, and it was so fun to watch how much she had improved in 4 short days. Very organized! My daughter had a blast & walked away with a visible improvement in skills. Great camp!
— Tabitha S. Parent
July 14, 2017: My daughter learned proper techniques and had fun while doing so.
— Tanya F. Parent
lots of opportunity for individual attention
July 14, 2017: I liked the low number of older girls so there were more opportunities for individualized learning. Lily has been to camps where there are 100+ campers and the smaller size was a plus. Lily LOVED it...already talking about going back next year!
— Cheri S. Parent
July 13, 2017: The coaches were engaging and very helpful and friendly!
— Rhonda G. Parent
July 13, 2017: My daughter had so much fun, the coaches and director knew so much about the sport and were great!!
— Dawn S. Parent
Staff was motivating!
July 13, 2017: Her favorite experience about the camp was when they were in their letter groups because this was the time she got to show off her skills as a hitter and passer and here she felt she learned skills- such as overhead passing, proper roll shot techniques and how to roll properly. Food was also excellent and staff was excited and motivated her to do her best so felt great! The amount of walking was tiring for the girls.
— Joanna W. Parent
Improved her skills!
July 13, 2017: She said she really learned a lot and they helped her improve her skills . Lydia said she really loved the team tournaments.
— Brandi V. Parent
July 13, 2017: Loved the dorms and really liked her coach for the tournament - said she was really personable and a good athlete. 10 years ago, our oldest daughter attended this camp loved it. She learned a lot and had such a great experience, we registered our 14 year old this year. Overall, the camp is a great value offering skill enhancement, technique, team building and 4 fun-filled days of volleyball on the beautiful University of Wisconsin, Platteville campus. We look forward to returning next summer!
— Anne V. Parent
July 13, 2017: My daughter enjoyed Making new friends and all the new skills she obtained!
— Chassidy T. Parent
Helpful and fun
July 19, 2016: This camp is very helpful and fun! I enjoyed it very much, as it was my second year attending it. I think the teachers and helpers are very good at what they do and they should keep up.
— August G. Camper
Camp was great
July 13, 2016: This volleyball camp was great! Excellent instruction, good staff, helped to develop my daughter very well. The facilities at Plattville were very good, with the dorm itself being excellent accomodations.
— Jody N. Camper
Great for all skill levels
July 19, 2015: This camp does a good job of testing kids on skills and then has them do drills in peer groups. There are varying degrees of experience and it's important kids are given the opportunity to excel, rather than be slowed down by those with lacking skills.
— Kathy L. Parent
All around good camp
July 15, 2015: Good communication, good organization, good instruction, positive staff.
— Kristine B Parent
Looking forward to next year
July 7, 2015: My daughter gained a lot of self-confidence. It was a great learning experience. She is looking forward to next year.
— Michelle H. Parent
I definitely recommend UW Platteville Nike Volleyball camp to others. My daughter went three times and each time came home with a higher skill level and full of volleyball knowledge and confidence to implement what she learned.
— Parent '14
I absolutely loved this camp! I learned so much, and I both my skill and knowledge of the game improved greatly. After attending this, I had school volleyball tryouts and made varsity as a freshman.
— Camper '14
Developed a love of the game
My daughter loved the Volleyball Camp. She developed a love of the game that was missing before she went. She loved meeting new kids, and really improved in her game.
— Parent '14
Nike Volleyball Camp at UW-Platteville was very organized. It didn't take long to check-in, meet my roommate, and off to begin a session. I really liked that my coach was a college coach to push me to the next level.
— Camper '14
This is the first year my daughter attended the Nike Volleyball Camp. It was a great experience and I highly recommend this camp to all players who want to increase their skill set and receive instruction from knowledgeable staff in a safe setting. Thank you Nike and UWP for providing a superb camp. We will be back.
This camp challenge my daughter to bring her game to another level and find the strength within herself to rise to it. Exposed to higher skilled instructors that seem to really care to instill a love for their sport and willing spirit to pass it on to the next generation.
Our daughter had a very good experience. Despite the beastly heat (and no a/c in the rooms), she really enjoyed the instruction and the friendships that she made. She is very proud to wear her U of W "rip it" shirts at school volleyball practices and has kept in touch with a number of the girls that she met at camp. A good experience and the perfect amount of time away from home. P.S. the frozen yogurt every night was amazing for our camper AND the social time was great. They were treated respectfully and given certain freedoms that were appropriate. Very fun!
Cannot wait until next year!
My daughter has attended the Nike camp for the last two summers. I have seen her overall confidence, skills and enjoyment of the game increase. She can not wait until camp next year!
Nike Volleyball Camp at UW-Platteville was a terrific camp. I have been to others offered at other colleges and this one is the best by far. I learned so much about the things I need to improve on and how to go about improving them. Definitely will be back!
This camp means business!
This camp means business! If you are serious about improving your volleyball game, this is the camp for you. My daughter learned more in that week than she did with her club team last fall. It was excellent!
I have been going to this camp for 3 years and I will be back next year. I love it!
Fun, but work hard
This camp was a lot of fun, mostly hard work, and they deffentaly keep you busy. I learned a lot of new blocks and improved my approach. The coaches were amazing and they really helped me understand what I was doing wrong and definitely told me what I was doing right. I cant wait to come back next year!
Nike UWP volleyball camp was a very positive experience for my daughter. It instilled a good work ethic and encouraged team work. The staff at Nike volleyball were very knowledgeable and help my daughter grow into a more confident volleyball player.
Cater to all ability levels
It's intense and busy, and the instructors pay attention to the girls ability level and needs. The coaches teach to the girls individual level yet still push them to make them better players.
Pushes you to be better
It teaches players to play as a team but at the same time works on each players ability. And really takes you outside of your comfort zone without anybody making fun of you.
Perfect your form
"If you are looking for a volleyball camp that works to improve your daughters volleyball game then this is the camp for you. The camp had two UW head volleyball coaches working the camp. They really worked to perfect my daughters serve and hitting form."
Worth the time
"Good instruction on all skills and different serving and defensive strategy. Lots of time to scrimmage. Worth the time and money."
Good learning environment
This is the second year my daughter attended the Nike Volleyball Camp. We have been very pleased with our experience at this camp. I would highly recommend Nike Volleyball Camps. Instructors are knowledgeable and the camp setting is conducive to a great learning environment. We will be back!
Get specific training
I really liked the specific training we got in our positions. For instance, when we got to choose which group we wanted to practice in, depending on the position we wanted to learn about. I thought that I really improved in the area I wanted to improve in.