Local Grads Launch Volleyball Camp

Posted on June 22, 2014 by  
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Camp A TeamWhen they met in seventh grade at Egan Junior High, Allie Miller and Ashley Watson bonded over volleyball. They became good friends and great players who starred at Los Altos High in the early 2000s.

Although they now live several miles apart – Miller works as a high school counselor in San Francisco and Watson teaches first grade in Campbell – the Los Altos natives have figured out a way to remain close friends and close to the sport they love to play and coach.

“We missed being together and coaching,” said Watson, who coached the freshman team at Palo Alto High two years ago. “We both work at schools and thought, ‘How can we (remedy that) over the summer?’ That’s when we came up with Camp A-Team.”

The volleyball camp for girls ages 8-13 is entering its second summer, with three sessions scheduled the last two weeks of July at Egan. Each session spans four days.

“The first year, the thinking was: ‘Let’s go for it and see how it works,’” said Miller, coach of the St. Ignatius High junior-varsity squad in 2012. “We filled all three sessions, and it was a total hit. We took a lot of notes about things to improve on, and we’re looking forward to year two.”

Camp A-Team is not a big operation – Miller and Watson handle everything from coaching to marketing – but the 2004 Los Altos High graduates said the participants benefit from that.

“Since it’s just the two of us, we try to keep the camps pretty small,” Miller said. Watson added, “We both agreed on keeping the (camper-to-coach) ratio at 6-to-1 to give each girl individual attention.”

Two of the sessions have already reached capacity. “We have a lot of returning girls and a lot of fresh faces,” Miller said. “Most of them are from Los Altos.” For many of the girls, Camp A-Team is “their first experience with volleyball,” Watson said, “and can spark that interest, which is really exciting.”

By focusing on the fundamentals, Miller and Watson said they hope their clinics prepare the girls for playing school and club volleyball. Both acknowledged that the sport has grown more competitive in this area since they were kids.

Camp A-Team has scheduled morning sessions 9 a.m. to noon July 21-24 and July 28-31; the afternoon session is slated 1-4 p.m. July 28-31. Cost is $350 per session, which includes a camp T-shirt. Egan is located at 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos. To register and for more information, visit campateam.com.

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