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Bronco coaches teach volleyball skills to local players at annual NMMI camp

Bronco volleyball assistant coach Alonso Ibarra, right, and former Artesia High School graduate and current Idaho State University volleyball player Kayla Ledezma take a quick break after a drill to talk to campers about some of the basic concepts of the game. NMMI volleyball camp continues today and concludes tomorrow with a special advanced session. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

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The 2017 NMMI summer volleyball camp began Tuesday with an eager group of local players ready to improve their skills. The three-day camp, with a special advanced camp on Friday, is put on annually by Bronco volleyball head coach Shelby Forchtner and assistant coach Alonzo Ibarra.
Also helping with the coaching duties this year is Artesia graduate Kayla Ledezma, who currently plays for the Idaho State University volleyball team.
The camp has a great showing of participants each session, aging from first-graders to high schoolers.
“The morning session consists of younger kids and goes (up to) about seventh grade and then we transition to eighth- and ninth- graders up until high school,” Forchtner said. “There are about 35 kids that are out there — everything from beginners all the way up to high school.”
In the morning session of the camp, the girls – and two boys – have been participating in several different drills and games, all designed to make learning the basic fundamentals of volleyball fun.
“We are trying to focus on the basic fundamentals like passing, which is really what you want to start with, but I saw them hitting yesterday too,” said Forchtner. “At the Godfrey gym, we have the net lowered and the kids are getting to play more game-type style drills, which is a lot more fun.”
The afternoon session focuses on the junior high and high school aged girls.
“With the older kids we are working on advancing their fundamentals with serving and hitting,” said Forchtner. “We have numerous kids that go on to play for the different schools, or who are transitioning to the high school ranks.”
For Forchtner, it’s a labor of love teaching volleyball skills to the next generation of players.

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