2013 Camp Dates
2013 Texas A&M Volleyball Camp Dates
|Position Camp I
||Grades 6-10 (Fall '13)
|Position Camp II
||Grades 7-12 (Fall '13)
||Grades 9-12 (Fall '13)
Q: What is the cost of the Texas A&M Volleyball Camp?
A: The cost of the camps is $425 for overnight campers and $395 for non-resident/day campers.
The cost of the Team Camp is $400 per camper. Teams must be comprised of a minimum of 10 players. Coaches are encouraged to attend and will have the option (where eligible) to coach their own teams or to have our staff work with your team. Teams must also bring a coach or chaperone for dorm supervision (we cover the cost of meals and the room).
Q: Can you give me a brief description of the camps?
All-skills Camp: This camp is designed for the beginning to intermediate player to stress the basic skills required to play volleyball at any level. We will introduce each skill to all players and emphasize the key points that we feel have helped to make the Aggie Volleyball program one of the best in the country. We will also place the campers in team training situations to allow them to apply the skills they have learned and to learn the basics of team play.
Campers will be evaluated when they come into camp and will be grouped with players of like abilities and age. Each group will progress at an appropriate rate for that group. In team training and competition we will try to maximize the groups’ ability to compete by introducing some specialization by position, but we will encourage players to get a feel for each of the positions.
The All Skills Camp is aimed at beginners and younger intermediate players.
Position/Intermediate Training Camp: Campers will spend approximately 20-25% of their time in position groups (setters, hitters, middles, liberos) doing position specific training. We will also be spending time in our mixed groups and teams doing team training drills that will re-emphasize the work that is done in the position groups. Players will need to sign up in a specific position (we are limiting enrollment by position to allow balanced groups for team training and competition). The emphasis will be on the individual skills by position and then using them in team/game situations. Campers will be evaluated when they come into camp and will be grouped with players of like abilities and age. Each group will progress at an appropriate rate.
The Position Training Camp is aimed at intermediate players. This camp is not intended for beginners.
Advanced Training Camp: This camp will be run just like a pre-season training camp. We will spend some time with the basic instructions for skills by position and some time with position specific training (as in the Position Camp), but a majority of the time will be spent in “practice sessions”. We will do mostly team training designed to emphasize the demands specific to each position. It is similar to a team camp without having to sign up as a team. The emphasis will be on optimizing team play by improving individual skills in a team setting. Campers will be evaluated when they come into camp and will be grouped with players of like abilities and age. Each group will progress at an appropriate rate.
The Advanced Training Camp is aimed at advanced and advanced-intermediate who have already begun position-specific play with competitive teams. This camp is designed to meet the needs of intermediate to advanced players.
Evaluations for All-Skills, Position Training and Advanced Training Camps: Campers will be tested on individual skills at the beginning of each camp to help us divide the camp up into working groups. We do not rank the campers from 1 through 150 and just divide them by number and groups 1 through 10. We try to “soften” the edges of each group by dividing the camp into “levels”. At each level we attempt to divide into even groups and teams so that training will be more uniform and the games will be more competitive. We prioritize skill execution, physical ability/attributes, and age factors for sorting players into levels for camp.
Team Camp: The Team Camp is designed to help high school teams to get off to a great start for the upcoming season. We will work with the coaches to zero in on key areas to improve and optimize your team’s performance. We will provide instruction on individual skills, team offense and defense strategies and provide competition and competitive training opportunities. We will have question and answer opportunities for the coaches every evening.
Discounts cannot be applied to online applications, only to mail-in applications.
Q: Do you offer discounts for your camps?
A: Yes, we offer two different discounts. You may apply only one discount per camper per camp.
The Multi-Camp discount is for campers who attend more than one volleyball camp in a summer. A $25 discount will be applied for each camp.
The Family discount is for siblings who attend camp (siblings do not have to attend the same session). Families may apply a $25 discount for each camper.
Q: Where will these camps be held?
A: The camps will be held at Texas A&M University's main campus in College Station, TX and nearby local facilities. We will utilize Reed Arena, the Read Building, and we may also utilize additional facilities in Bryan/College Station as necessary. Our Camp Tournaments, during the last session of camp, will be held on the Texas A&M campus in the Read Bldg and/or Reed Arena.
Q: What time is Check-in?
A: Check-in for all campers is from 10:00am until 11:30am on the first day of each camp (Day Campers, too). Check-in will be at the Cambridge @ College Station (501 University Oaks Blvd) unless notified otherwise ahead of time.
Q: What time is Check-out?
A: Check-out will be at 4:00pm on the last date of your camp, except for the Team Camp. Check-out for the Team Camp will be at 12:00 noon. All campers, including Day Campers, will check-out will at the Cambridge @ College Station dorm following the closing ceremony.
Q: What is included in the camp fees?
A: Your payment covers camp tuition, a Texas A&M Volleyball Camp T-shirt, a Molten volleyball, lodging for overnight campers, three meals per day (3 meals per day for day-campers as well), expert instruction and lots of volleyball
Q: Will parents be allowed to watch the activities?
A: Of course! We do ask that you identify yourself to the camp staff for security reasons. The camps conclude with tournament play on the last session of camp. Parents are encouraged to attend these sessions and cheer on their favorite camper.
Q: Is this an overnight camp or a day camp?
A: You have the option to attend as a day camper, but most campers will be overnight campers and enjoy making new friends.
Q: When and where do day campers meet each day?
A: Day campers should meet at the Cambridge @ College Station dorm prior to the bus departure for the morning sessions each day, approximately 8:30am. Day Campers must also be picked up each night, at approximately 9:10pm each evening and check-out with a staff member in the lobby of the Cambridge @ College Station. Check-in will be at the Cambridge @ College Station dorm.
Q: Where will the campers be housed?
A: The campers will be housed nearby in an off-campus dormitory called the Cambridge at College Station (501 University Oaks Blvd) dorm. It is a recently opened facility that features suite style rooms with a private bathroom and a small living area. Each room has a refrigerator and microwave oven. Take the virtual tour at www.cambridgeatcollegestation.com Campers will be bused to and from activity sessions on Texas A&M University buses.
There will be 2-4 campers per room/suite.
Q: Does the camp provide linen service?
A: : No, unfortunately the dorms will not provide this service for our summer camps. You will need to bring your own sheets, blankets (or sleeping bag), pillow, towel (shower/pool) .
Q: What should my camper bring to camp?
A: We suggest:
Alarm clock or a watch with an alarm
Ankle braces (highly recommended)
Bathing suit (for swimming)
Sheets and blankets (or sleeping bag)
Sunscreen (if you’re going to be swimming)
Q: How will campers get to the gyms?
A: Campers will be bused to and from the dorm via University buses. Coaches and staff will ride along with the campers during the short (approximately 1 mile) trip.
Q: Are meals included in the cost?
A: Yes, three meals per day are included in the cost for overnight campers. Day camp rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner. The first meal served will be dinner on the first day of camp. Please eat prior to the first session on the first day of camp.
Q: Will my child be supervised in the dorm?
A: Yes! The coaches and staff will be housed in the dorm along with the campers. The Cambridge @ College Station also has 24-hour front desk supervision, security staff and video surveillance cameras. Coach/staff doors will be clearly marked during the camps. Campers will not be allowed to leave the dorm except for supervised camp activities.
Q: What other activities will be part of the daily scheduled activities?
A: We are first and foremost a volleyball camp and have earned a reputation as a volleyball intensive camp. The only scheduled activities are volleyball activities. During the lunch break the campers will have access to the recreation facilities at the dorm (pool, fitness room, rec-room, TV).
Q: Will my child have a phone in the dorm room?
A: No, unfortunately we will not be able to offer phone service in the rooms. Pay phones are available and cell phones are permitted.
Q: How can I contact my child in case of an emergency?
A: We will supply you with a list of emergency contact numbers at check-in. This will include coach and staff cell phone numbers for 24/day availability. If you will not be at check-in with your daughter you may call the TAMU volleyball office (979-845-2170, 979-862-3925) and we will supply you with the contact numbers.
Q: Will my camper have access to trainers if necessary?
A: Yes. We will have trainers at the gyms during all activity sessions and in the dorms overnight.
Q: Will my daughter be able to choose her own roommate?
A: Yes. We will do our best to match you with your preferred roommate however, we cannot always do so. Please mark your roommate preference clearly on your application and make your request early. To better ensure that your roommate preference is granted, have her list you as her request as well.
Q: How much spending money should I send with my camper?
A: Since meals are included in your camp fees, your daughter should only need enough money for snacks and camp apparel from the camp store. We recommend that you send no more than $30. We will have pizza by the slice available for purchase each night.
Q: Where can I buy Texas A&M Volleyball/Camp apparel and souvenirs?
A: We will have a camp store for volleyball and souvenir items. The store will be located in the Cambridge @ College Station dorm and will be open during check-in, check-out as well free time hours.
Q: Can I send snacks with my camper?
A: Yes. Each room suite will have a mini-refrigerator/freezer and a small microwave. Feel free to send enough snacks and drinks to last the entire camp. Mini-pacs of microwave popcorn please. Don't forget to pack a little something extra for your favorite coach.
Q: What is a typical daily schedule?
8:45 Individual skills and drills
12:00 Rest/Free time at dorm
1:45 Combination skills and drills
6:00 Video/Camp Games
6:30 Team practice sessions/scrimmage
9:00 Free time in dorms
10:30 Bed Check/Lights out!
Q: What is the camper to coach ratio for the camp?
A: For each group of 12-16 campers there will be 2 coaches equaling a ratio of between 6:1 and 8:1. Younger campers will generally have smaller groups. Coaches will be with their teams/groups for a majority of the camp so that they can develop a good rapport with their campers.
Q: Sounds great! How do I sign-up?
A: There are several ways to do that! The fastest way to sign up is to register here, online and pay by credit card or electronic checking. If you’re still uncertain about online transactions you can print the brochure and application here and fax (979-458-2273) if paying by credit card or electronic check) or mail in the application in the old fashioned way. You can also call or email us (see below) and we will be happy to mail you a brochure and application.
Q: How many spaces do you have in your camps?
A: We have a limited number of spaces in our camps due to limits in the dorms and facilities. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis and you will need a completed application and deposit to hold your spot. Please remember that our camps are extremely popular and have sold out every summer for the last 15 years so don’t delay.
Q: Where do I get the medical forms?
A: The medical forms will be sent along with your confirmation letter once we receive your registration and deposit.
Q: Are the medical forms and physicians signature required?
A: Yes! Texas A&M University rules require that every camper have a copy of a physical examination taken within the 12 months prior to the last date of your camp. If we do not have valid medical forms on file your camper will not be allowed to participate in any camp activities. A signed note from your physician stating that your daughter is physically capable of participating in all of the activities associated with a sports camp may be substituted.
Q: What about parking on campus during the camps? VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
A: VISITOR PARKING DURING CAMPS (These are CAMPUS_WIDE rules)
In order to avoid problems and reduce confusion, we have been asked to distribute parking information and regulations for summer camp.
Parents/relatives/friends that are helping campers register or unload for camp will be allowed to park in the registration/dormitory areas for a limited amount of time free of charge. However, anyone wishing to stay on campus beyond registration and unloading will be required to purchase a parking permit. Please make this information available to all registered campers’ families and friends.
Summer camp visitors who wish to park on campus must purchase a parking permit OR pay to park in a visitor parking garage. Listed below are the options available:
OPTION 1: Transportation Services has initiated a pre-paid summer weekly permit that allows visitors to park in lots as designated on the pre-paid summer parking map that can be found at the following web site: http://transport.tamu.edu/parking/maps/prepaidsum.pdf.
The summer weekly permit is valid for a week (dates are chosen during the process) and the cost is $12. Daily permits are available for $5. Permits must be purchased online at:
These permits are printed during the purchasing process. Permits must be displayed on the dashboard while parked on campus.
OPTION 2: If visitors do not wish to purchase a permit online, they may park in the University Center Garage, the Central Campus Garage, or west campus visitor parking areas, according to the hourly rates. http://transport.tamu.edu/parking/visitor.aspx#profiles
Payment is required at cashier or pay station BEFORE exiting the garages. We accept cash and most major credit cards. Checks are not accepted.
For further questions concerning parking on campus, please visit the Transportation Services website at http://transport.tamu.edu/ ,
call (979) 862-PARK or e-mail email@example.com.
**Please note that the Texas A&M Volleyball Camps will not be responsible for any parking violations!
Q: Who can I call if I have any further questions?
A: You can call the Texas A&M Volleyball Camp Line at 979-458-4153, or 979-845-2170. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice: Please be sure that all paperwork and payments have been submitted by the appropriate deadline (approximately two weeks prior to your camp).