Harker Heights High School volleyball coach Chris Wylie is organizing the Freshman Fish Camp again this year to help female freshman athletes get ready for the beginning of the volleyball season.

The camp, open to students from any school, is designed to give new students the chance to work on their skills before they start practicing with their teammates, Wylie said.

“All of them are incoming freshman so they don’t really have a good idea of how practice is going to be,” he said. “So we try to give them a jump start so when they come in for the first time they have an idea of what’s going on and it’s not so nerve-wracking.”

The name “Fish” is the coach’s reference to freshmen.

“Because they’re small fish in a big pond,” Wylie said.

The camp will focus on running drills, conditioning and basic volleyball skills, such as passing, serving and hitting. The program also aims to prepare incoming freshman for the high school experience that some might find overwhelming, Wylie said.

“This is a real transition period for them,” he said. “They’re dealing with school work and their classes on top of walking around the halls with 2,500 other kids. The more comfortable you can make them in any aspect, the better off and the more successful they’re going to be.”

Fish camp is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday at Harker Heights High School, 1001 E. FM 2410. The registration fee is $60 a camper and includes a camp T-shirt and one-on-one feedback from instructors.

Registration can be done online at www.pureenergysports.org or by calling (254) 833-0759. Participants also can sign up at the door on the first day of camp. For more information, call Wylie at (254) 644-7409.

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