Brac players benefit from volleyball clinics

Young participants practicing the underhand pass with Richard Campbell, Mark Ray and Javid Ali.

Volleyball enthusiasts in Cayman Brac got a chance to improve their skills at two clinics hosted by the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation (CIVF).

Separate clinics were held on 3 February for children and adults. Youngsters from seven up to 15-years-old showed up for the first event in the morning. They were taken through the volleyball basics by the team from the CIVF which included CIVF President and former national player Kennedy McGowan, national coach/player Mark Ray, and national players Javid Ali and Richard Campbell.

That session ended with a fun game of mini volleyball, which allowed the participants to incorporate the various skills they learned from the drills, into a game situation. In mini-volleyball, the net is lowered and the court size is reduced to allow the younger, smaller players to experience success in getting the ball over the net.

One of the young players in perfect position to execute an underhand pass.

In the evening, around a dozen adults and some of the more advanced children from the morning session were taken through the process of coaching young players in basic volleyball skills. At the end of the session, a team of six participants remained behind to play against the four CIVF facilitators.

McGowan said the clinics were a success and added that he was encouraged by the response from the participants, especially the commitment to continue sessions on Cayman Brac.

Coach Mark expressed his gratitude to Harold Sanford, Sports Coordinator – Sister Islands Sports and Carmen Deanira Brown who was integral to the smooth running of the clinic, and Michael Hundt, PE Teacher at Layman E. Scott High School.

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