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CHS camp open to students in grades 3-12
•Two sessions to be offered June 24-28
Volleyball camp
Ceres High School will be staging a volleyball clinc for students in grades 3-12, June 24-28, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. Cost is $60 per athlete. Past camps have drawn more than 60 participants.

Ceres High School’s 16th Annual Volleyball Camp will be held, June 24-28, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The five-day clinic is open to students in grades 3-12.

“Now that volleyball is a girls and boys sport in our area, my goal is to share it and prepare our young athletes for it,” Bulldogs’ head coach Darlene Tobler said.

Emphasis will be placed on serving, passing, setting, hitting, blocking, serve receive, defense, communication and team work.

Cost is $60 per athlete.

“I am planning on having a great turnout this year,” Tobler said. “We usually have 60-80 athletes come and I’m hoping to continue and grow it.”

Two sessions will be offered during the camp.

The session for third through seventh graders will run from 3-5 p.m.

The session for grades 8-12 will run from 5-7 p.m.

“For our young athletes, we will introduce the sport of volleyball to them and give them a foundation by breaking down the fundamentals,” Tobler said. “My hope is that they will learn and retain what I will teach them while having fun.”   

“For the second group of athletes, we still go over the fundamentals, but at a higher level and quicker pace,” she added. “My plan is to have a tournament on the last day of camp.”  

Tobler helped lead Ceres High’s varsity boys volleyball team to its second Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth in four years this past spring.

The Bulldogs amassed a 19-12 overall record and placed second in the Western Athletic Conference standings (9-3).

She stepped down as head coach of Ceres High’s varsity girls volleyball program in November to spend more time with her family. The Bulldogs had a combined record of 21-35 in WAC play and qualified for the playoffs once during Tobler’s four-year tenure.

Tobler graduated from Ceres High School in 1995.

“Volleyball is such a fun team sport and is becoming more and more competitive,” she said. “It is so important to learn it at a young age, especially if our athletes plan on trying out for teams in junior high and high school.  I am lucky to have a wonderful coaching staff and former athletes who have graduated to help run it (the camp).”