Volleyball can be a tough sport to play, but with the help of the local YMCA, kids can learn the fundamentals of the game.
The Palestine YMCA is hosting a volleyball camp from 1-3 p.m. daily through Friday to help teach the basics of volleyball to students in the sixth grade and up.
The camp, led by student instructors, teaches basic skills of the game, such as serving and setting.
So far, the 10 to 15 participants have learned how to serve — first to each other and then over the net, hitting the ball back-and-forth for practice.
Instructors taught the young athletes to throw the ball up and strike it over-handed at the highest point of their swing.
After about 20 repetitions of performing this task, the students moved to opposite sides of the net with their partner and practiced hitting the ball over the net using the same direction taught without using the net.
With expected struggling in the beginning, as the day progressed — and with a few tips from the coaches — balls started flying over the net almost every time.
The camp is open daily to any athletes in the sixth grade and up who wishes to learn volleyball. For more information, call the Y at 903-729-3139. The Palestine YMCA is located at 5500 N. Loop 256 in Palestine, next to First Baptist Church.