Some Thoughts on Serving

Improveyourvolley.com has some tips on when and how to serve.  One thought is that even though your hand is what makes contact with the ball these are factors you should also be aware of to have a solid over hand serve:

  1. correct feet positioning
  2. synchronicity of your core and lower body movements
  3. consistency of your volleyball serve toss
  4. point where your hand contacts the ball when serving

Here are some things that you should also consider when serving:

  1. decide first exactly where you want your serve to go
  2. when practicing your serve understand that your ball may not always go where you want it to but always serve the ball with a purpose, as in will you serve the ball cross court or will you serve down the line
  3. always have a place or a person to aim for when you serve the ball in the opposing team’s court
  4. figure out the location in your opponent’s court where your serve creates the most difficulty for the opposing team to run their offense

Work on keeping in mind and practice,”Decide what you’re going to do with your serve before you serve.”


For full article:  How To Serve A Volleyball What To Do, When and How To Do It

For more information about Volleyball camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Volleyball camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps


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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Even though our summer camp has ended, we will continue to feature campers from a variety of camps at Purchase on Wednesdays.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Future Stars Camper, Sarah, a veteran volleyball camper.

Farah:  When did you start at FS? 

Sarah:  I started 2 summers ago.

Farah:  Do you have any siblings?

Sarah:  I do have siblings and my twin brother was here last year.

Farah:    What camp are you in this week? 

Sarah:  I’m here for volleyball.

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Farah:    What have you been working on this week?

Sarah:  Mostly technique and passing.

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

Sarah:  I really like playing in the tournaments at the end of the week.

Farah:    What are you most looking forward to this week? This summer?

Sarah:  Just improving for try-outs, I play for my school.

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor? Why is he/she your favorite?

Sarah:   I think my favorite is  Andreo just because he’s been here with me every time I’ve been here and he’s really nice and really helpful.

Farah:    Is there someone that you look up to or admire? In sports or entertainment? Why?

Sarah:  Probably my varsity coach, she’s always been really inspirational

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Farah:    What are your hobbies?

Sarah:  I really like to paint!

Farah:    What is the best part of being a kid?

Sarah:  I guess just growing up and watching everyone grow up with you.

Farah:  What grade are you in? What do you most enjoy about school?

Sarah:  I’m in 11th grade and I enjoy learning new things that you wouldn’t normally learn in a curriculum.

Farah:   What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sarah:  Probably, something in the medical field, I’m not sure exactly what yet.

Farah:   What is your favorite memory from camp? 

Sarah:  My favorite memory was last year’s ‘All Star Game’ against the counselors. We didn’t win but it was so much fun!


For more information about Volleyball camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Volleyball camp page, today.

Image Credit:   Future Stars Camps


What do you know about Volleyball History?

Volleyball.com shares some interesting facts about Volleyball:

  • Volleyball celebrated over 120 years of existence in 2015.
  • It originated in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
  • William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke invented volleyball by blending elements of  decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.
  • The motivation was to create a sport that would have less physical contact than basketball.
  • Volleyball was initially known as Mintonette
  • The volleyball net feature borrowed from tennis is 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man’s head.
  • The name change from Mintonette to Volleyball came about in 1896 when someone commented “the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net” and perhaps “volleyball” would be a more descriptive name for the sport.

An abbreviated timeline of volleyball moments:

  • 1895: William G. Morgan (1870-1942) created the game of volleyball but called the game Mintonette.
  • 1896: The first exhibition match of volleyball is played at Springfield College (called International YMCA Training school in 1896).
  • 1900: A special ball was designed for the sport.
  • 1916: In the Philippines, an offensive style of passing the ball in a high trajectory to be struck by another player (the set and spike) were introduced.
  • 1917: The game was changed from 21 to 15 points.
  • 1920s: There are unconfirmed whispers of men’s teams playing on the beach in Hawaii, but most accounts place the sport’s origin in Santa Monica, California where the first Volleyball courts are put up on the beach at the Playground. Families play 6 vs. 6.
  • 1928: It became clear that tournaments and rules were needed, the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA, now USA Volleyball) was formed. The first U.S. Open was staged, as the field was open to non-YMCA squads.
  • 1930s: The first two-man beach volleyball game is played in Santa Monica, California.
  • 1976: First professional beach volleyball tournament was called the Olympia World Championship of Beach Volleyball. It took place at Will Rogers State Beach during late summer in 1976.
  • 1984: The U.S. won their first medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles. The Men won the Gold, and the Women the Silver.
  • 1988: The U.S. Men repeated the Gold in the Olympics in Korea.
  • 1990: The World League was created.
  • 1996: 2-person Beach Volleyball debuted as an Olympic sport.
  • 1997: Dain Blanton (with Canyon Ceman) becomes the first African-American professional beach volleyball player to win a tournament on the Miller Lite/AVP Tour.
  • 2008: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team wins Silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
  • 2012: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team wins Silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • 2012: U.S. Women’s team Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings return to the Summer games in London to successfully defend their Gold medal wins of 2008 and 2004 and become the only Women’s team in the sport’s history to ever win three consecutive Olympic Gold medals. Jennifer Kessey and April Ross of the United States win the Silver medal the same year.

“Today, people all over the world play volleyball. Research shows volleyball is one of the top 3 most popular sports for women to play in high school.”


For full article:  History of Volleyball

For more information about Volleyball camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Volleyball camp page, today.

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Volleyball Is A Rapidly Growing Women’s Sport – And A Great Option For Young Girls

Synopsis: Volleyball is quickly gaining in popularity with girls across the country, and thanks to the combination of excitement and discipline that it offers, it could continue to grow for years to come.


Over the years, volleyball has not been a sport that has received the same level of attention from girls as options like soccer, tennis, basketball, or softball. However, that is all changing quickly. Volleyball is now one of the most popular sports for girls to participate in, and college volleyball is rapidly growing as well.

When you take a closer look at the game of volleyball, it is easy to see why so many young girls want to participate. It is an exciting game that requires athleticism, eye-hand coordination, teamwork, and plenty of practice. If a girl has grown up playing other sports, the skills learned in those other games will likely translate nicely to the volleyball court. Balance, quickness, agility, and flexibility are all rewarded when trying to get the ball back to the other side of the net.

Not Just for Tall Kids

Many people think of volleyball as a game that is only for tall people, but that is a mistake. Yes, height can be an advantage when playing volleyball, but not every player on the floor needs to have height on their side. There are different positions in volleyball just like in basketball, so there is room in the game for players of all different heights. As long as a young girl has a passion for the game and a willingness to work hard and learn new skills, they will have no trouble fitting in with a volleyball team.

Learning Teamwork Skills

If you are the parent of a young girl who is interested in volleyball, you will love the teamwork skills that are developed in this game. Volleyball is all about passing with teammates, communicating while the ball is in the air, and sticking together as a group during tough matches. There are certainly individual skills that are developed while participating in volleyball, but it is really the team component of the game that holds so much value for young people.

It’s Just Plain Fun!

At the end of the day, sports should be fun for kids. Girls love playing volleyball because they can cheer for their friends, enjoy competition in a fast paced game, and hit shots that they will remember for years to come. Not all girls will go on to earn college scholarships for their volleyball skill, but they can still have great times and create lasting friendships while playing this exciting sport.

There is room on the volleyball court for girls of all different backgrounds and skill levels. Some girls will want to strive for the opportunity play in college, while others will only choose to play for a year or two. No matter what your daughter has in mind for her own volleyball career, this is a sport that she will likely look back on with fond memories.