Tryouts for high school volleyball teams in Dorchester County begin next week.
Two of the three Dorchester Two schools open volleyball practice Aug. 1 and the other opens tryouts the following week. All athletes interested in trying out for a varsity or JV team must bring a completed physical/parental permission form for the 2014-15 school year (filled out after April 1, 2014) on the first day of tryouts. Physical forms must be the original (no copies) and signed by a doctor. All schools have those forms available at their athletic department office and most have them available through the school website.
Ashley Ridge tryouts will be held the mornings of Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at the school’s gym.
“We will pick our teams that Saturday and start practice for our JV and varsity teams that Monday,” Ashley Ridge volleyball coach Chi-Chi Hurley said.
Summerville tryouts are scheduled for 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 in the SHS gym. Those making the varsity or JV program will need to stay until 4 p.m. Aug. 2. In addition to their physical form, athletes should bring a report card the first day.
Fort Dorchester tryouts will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4-6 in the FD gym. Athletes need to come prepared with tennis shoes, kneepads and a water bottle.
Athletes can play JV volleyball starting their seventh-grade year. Younger athletes can try out for middle school teams, which will announce tryout dates after the school year begins.
If the Ashley Ridge Volleyball Camp is any indication, coaches in Dorchester Two should have plenty of interest in their program. Approximately 75 athletes in grades 7 through 12 participated in the four-day camp this week.
Earlier this month more than 20 other athletes participated in the AR Junior Volleyball Camp for those in grades three through sixth. Hurley is hoping the camp will generate more interest in the sport by kids in that grade range.
“I would like to see younger kids in this community have opportunities to play volleyball,” Hurley said. “You have 5-year-olds starting basketball, soccer, T-ball. We don’t have that for volleyball. I tried to get something going last year but I need help.”
She is hoping some volunteers will come forward and help her start a league for younger athletes. If kids in the area could be introduced to volleyball fundamentals before they reach middle school, it would make the middle school programs more competitive which in turn would help the high school programs be more competitive.
“Wando starts with young kids so why can’t we,” Hurley said.
Those who participated in the summer camp should be warmed up for tryouts. The camp is broken into a beginners group and an advanced group and the advanced group goes through varsity-style drills and scrimmages.
“The beginners’ group learns the basics, your bump, set and spike as well as serving,” Hurley said. “The advanced group scrimmages more and does more game-type activities.
They learn how to adjust in the back row and where to go to hit in the front row, things like that. Basically, they learn how to adjust to a faster game.”