ROCKINGHAM – Another summer of local youth sports development is approaching.
Richmond High School’s football and volleyball program will hold its annual summer camp in June, and registration is now open to children in the area.
Football coach Chris Larsen and volleyball coach Ashleigh Larsen, who are currently completing their fourth year at the helm of their respective programs, hope the camp can increase interest and quality of play in Richmond County.
Each event will also be a fundraiser for the Raider and Lady Raider programs.
Volleyball camp is set for mid -June
Since she took over the program in 2018, this summer will be Ashleigh Larsen’s third annual volleyball camp. Back last summer after a year away due to the pandemic, 55 girls participated in 2021.
“Hopefully more girls can go out,” said Ashleigh Larsen, “Last year with COVID, there were some people who were hesitant to get involved because we exercised indoors. Hopefully we can go back to some normal sex and more. a girl who likes to come to camp.
Open to girls entering third through ninth grade, this year’s camp will be held from June 13-15. Held at the Richmond gymnasium, the three -day camp will run from 8:30 to 10:30.
Included in the $ 55 cost for campers who sign up before the first day will be a t-shirt camp. Late sign up will cost $ 65.
Registration forms have been provided to all elementary and junior high schools, as well as high schools. Checks can be paid to Richmond Senior and mailed or mailed to Richmond.
Larsen recently officiated the park and rec volleyball and said he believes the community is starting to enjoy the sport of volleyball more. For him, it’s all about building enthusiasm and excitement for the game.
“I really enjoy making the younger generation excited about this sport. Volleyball has a special place in my heart and makes me very excited,” Larsen explains. “Some of my favorite memories about this sport and I love sharing my passion with others.
“Another favorite part of the camp is seeing the Lady Raiders now work with the Lady Raiders next season,” she added. “The little girls look up to our players and I’m excited to see them be good role models for our youth. We have a group of athletes who participate in the program because they care.
In holding camp the last few summers, Larsen believes it has helped the high school program in the long run.
“We have girls who haven’t played before and we’re going to see them play in high school programs down the road,” he said, “The fun part is seeing the girls play in the fall. very happy to watch the ‘coach’ play.
Campers can expect to work on the basics while having fun. Larsen, along with assistant coach Melissa Dennis will run the camp, while returning varsity and junior varsity players will also help out.
Larsen said there’s a chance the program’s alumni players could stop by to help coaches and she’s “excited to see all the girls back to the gym this summer.”
A football program is being prepared for the 22nd annual camp
From a record turnout from last summer that saw 160 local athletes participate, Richmond’s annual football camp hopes to increase that number next month.
“This year, I hope to continue to have a growing number with the hope that interest in football across the community will continue to grow,” Chris Larsen said.
“I want to see the core group in every age group continue to develop their interests and skills in the hopes of creating a group that will be involved in traveling football. This is the only way we can continue to compete with other teams around the country.
The co-ed camp will be open to boys and girls ages 6-15 (kindergarten through 10th grade). A four-day camp, this year’s event will be held June 27-30 at the high school.
Larsen said campers should come prepared with their own shin and cleat guard, and the cost for a single camper is $ 65. A family with two campers will pay $ 120, and the cost will also include a camp t-shirt.
Final registration will be $ 70. To register, click here to complete the online registration form. Campers can also pay in high school or on the first day of camp.
Participants can expect to work on different foundations of the game, Larsen said, and each day will focus on a specific stage of the game. That would be the culmination of deciding the situation in the game.
“The best part about camping for me was the ability to move from each group, the youngest to the oldest, and see the fun of the kids playing football,” Larsen explained. “At every level, he gets good and precise instruction on the basics of football.
“By the end of the week, you can see the new skills and understanding the kids start to build. It’s also fun to see the kids who have been attending camp for a few years and see how they have developed into football players.
Joining Larsen as camp instructor will be assistant coaches Bennie Howard and Michelle Denson, along with current high school players.
“Hopefully we can get more audiences from camp and hope to see everyone at football week at Richmond Senior,” Larsen closes.