The Junior Volleyball Camp is designed for ages 7–13 and will focus on learning to play the game in an exciting environment. No experience necessary. Players will learn all the fundamental skills of volleyball, including beach volleyball, through a game-centered approach. Small group games will maximize every player’s opportunity to play the ball and keep things fun. Staff will include collegiate and high school coaches and players who are specifically chosen for the quality of the feedback they give to learning players.
Learn and improve basic and fundamental skills. Improve court awareness and reading of the game through realistic, game-like activities. Our highly trained staff is specially selected to provide positive, motivating feedback that maximizes learning and fun. Our goal is that everyone who attends camp develops a long-term love for the game and the confidence to be great players in the future.
The Senior Volleyball Camp is designed for ages 14–17 with an emphasis on taking your skills to the next level. The camp will make extensive use of video analysis and specific feedback based on established motor learning principles. Players will develop their fundamentals and improve their court sense through realistic game-like activities. Players also will learn the game of beach volleyball and play games on the sand to hone their all-around game through one of the NCAA’s newest varsity sports.
Coaches will help players improve their play in all facets of the game. Players will be able to compare video of their mechanics with those of top athletes in slow motion. Through repeated cycles of video and practice, with high level feedback from coaches drawn from collegiate and high school coaches and players, players will take their game to the next level in a fun and demanding environment.
Campers must have appropriate footwear for potential indoor and/or sand play (campers can play barefoot in the sand).
Eric Neely, Camp Director
Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Babson College
Eric Neely is in his ninth season as Babson’s head women’s volleyball coach. Recognized as one of the top programs in the region, Neely has guided Green and White to seven consecutive seasons of at least 18 wins, three NEWMAC Tournament championships and four NCAA Tournament berths.
After leading the Beavers to a 17-13 mark and their first NEWMAC Tournament berth since 2009 in his first season at the helm, Neely guided Babson to a 22-8 record in 2012, equaling the school record for victories in a season, while becoming the first coach in the history of the program to earn NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors. Neely, who received NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors, led Babson to a historic 2014 campaign that included a share of the NEWMAC regular-season title, a NEWMAC Tournament championship and the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history. The Beavers set a new program record with 27 victories, which included a school-record 15-match winning streak, and their first NCAA Tournament triumph.
In addition to coaching at Babson, Neely has coached the top Junior Olympic teams at SMASH Volleyball Club in the 14s, 16, 17s, and 18s age groups and led coach education for SMASH. He also serves as an instructor for the Positive Coaching Alliance, and has attended advanced Gold Medal Squared coaches education and the USA Volleyball coach accreditation program.