By TONY EIERDAM
It was the volleyball court in the morning and a basketball court in the afternoon this past week at Mineral Wells High School for girls entering ninth grade and below.
In a unique set up on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Mineral Wells girls’ coaching staff held a volleyball camp in the morning, and after an hour lunch break took to the court for basketball camp.
Volleyball camp was under the instruction of Lady Rams head volleyball coach Taylor Eggleston, while the hoops camp was under the direction of
Lady Rams assistant basketball coach Leslie Holman. Assistant coach Taylor Reid assisted both coaches at both camps. Several Lady Rams volleyball and basketball players also helped out at the camps.
Eggleston said the girls seemed to have liked the format, a format that may continue in the summer of 2014.
“We think this is the way to put on the camps,” Eggleston said. “It was nice on the parents that the days were full and the girls did two camps.
“They got a little volleyball in the morning and a little basketball in the afternoon. They also hung out together all three days and bonded as a group.”
Last year’s Mineral Wells Junior High School eighth-grade class was well represented. The MWHS coaches are excited to have that talented group of girls at the high school beginning in August.
“As the volleyball coach, I was pleased to see all of these girls get touches on the volleyball in July,” Eggleston said. “That will make it easier on them when we start (high school) volleyball practice on Aug. 5th.
“Sometimes the younger girls can’t make it to open gym because they don’t drive yet and their parents are working during the day, so this gave those girls an excellent opportunity to play volleyball. It was the same way with basketball.
“The camps got competitive sports back in their heads and their minds start working on their competitive sides.”
Eggleston said of the 50 or so girls enrolled, about 40 attended both camps. Campers were charged more for participating in both camps, and each camp had a separate charge if a girl only wanted to participate in one camp.
“This has been our biggest participation in girls’ camps in awhile,” Eggleston said. “I think the camps were good for all ages, but particularly for the girls who will be playing junior high and ninth-grade sports this year.
“This was also good for the coaches to see the incoming freshmen,” Eggleston said. “That is a huge class with a lot of good athletes. As coaches, these camps were good for us because we have not seen them since last season.
“We now know a lot about each girl, what they can and cannot do. This will help us to prepare for our respective seasons.”
Even though the Lady Rams have yet to hire a new head basketball coach, Eggleston said it really didn’t matter because both camps focused on basic fundamentals.
“It doesn’t matter what level you are on or grade you are in, fundamentals are key,” she said. “If these girls can take these fundamentals and be successful at them, then they will be that much better.
“If we can be fundamentally sound, we will have a huge advantage, no matter which sport. I feel like in both basketball and volleyball we are emphasizing the fundamentals.”