PHS volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is working to build his program from the ground up, much like a legendary former Longhorn wrestling coach once did.
“I recall reading that Dennis Pirch built up the wrestling program in part by putting the focus on young kids,” Stonebrink said. “That’s one reason I’m doing this — running a middle school volleyball camp.”
With the help of Payson High School assistant coaches, Stonebrink is hosting the camp, which is open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, each Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of April and May 6 and 20.
The sessions will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Wilson Dome and the registration fee is $30.
“Kids from Pine-Strawberry and Tonto Basin are also invited to the camp,” Stonebrink said.
The camp is open to youth who play on the local Club Rim team, as well as those who do not.
Among the skills that will be taught at the camp are passing, setting, spiking and serving.
Stonebrink will take to the program a wealth of experience and knowledge, having coached the Lady Longhorns the past several seasons to some of their finest accomplishments. In 2008, he was chosen to coach an Arizona Coaches Association All-Star team in the annual North vs. South game.
Parents and youths interested in attending the middle school camp should show up at 7 p.m. at the dome today, Tuesday, which is opening night.
“Parents can register and pay the fee when they bring their girls to camp,” Stonebrink said.
In addition to the middle school camp, the coach will again host a town-sponsored summer youth camp.
Last summer, the camp had one of its largest turnouts ever, with about 40 aspiring athletes participating.
The dates, times and locations for the 2010 program will be announced soon.