More than 40 girls, in grades fourth through ninth, are participating in the four-day camp.
“It’s a tremendous turnout. ... There’s not a lot of volleyball things around here for those younger kids to do. ... It gets them interested,” said Riojas, when asked about the number of players in the camp.
Riojas and her staff of five coaches are working with the campers on the fundamentals of the game, as well as advanced offensive and defensive techniques.
“What we’ve done is, we’ve started from the very basics, especially with those younger kids,” Riojas said. “We’ve gone down to hand-eye coordination, that’s very important for those kids at that age.
“We’ve incorporated some techniques using tennis balls, then going to small volleyballs ... then we moved up to a lighter volleyball, same size as a volleyball they would use in games, just lighter in weight. (Today), we should actually be into using the game balls.”
The camp, which started Monday and wraps up on Thursday, has featured drills and games focusing on the basics like passing, serving and setting, but has also featured lessons and drills about hitting at the net and blocking.
Riojas, a Taft alumna who is entering her first year at the helm of the Beeville program, said she can already say that the camp was a success.
“I think it has been successful and the kids really seem to enjoy it.”