PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Bay volleyball team put in some major work this week bringing Gold Medal Squared to town.
Gold Medal Squared is a volleyball organization that breaks down the game and teaches the science behind volleyball. The camp began on Monday and finished out Thursday afternoon, but not everything they learned this week was new. Bay head volleyball coach, Sierra Burris, has been attending coaching clinics by Gold Medal Squared for years. When she started at Bay as the volleyball coach, she immediately started implementing what she had learned, but this week has meant more to the team than just the fundamentals.
“Seeing how these girls have rallied, have hyped each other up, bonded, getting corrections together, it’s been a frustrating process, but seeing the improvement in the game and the relationships, it’s going to make all the difference this season for us,” said Coach Burris.
For seniors, like twins, Alex and Maddie Johnson, it’s been a dream come true.
“It’s a great opportunity for us, especially as seniors, we haven’t really had a real year, so it’s been kind of hard to get experience from it, so this is a great way to start with us trying out new things with new coaches. I think, as for the whole team, and the whole program, it’s really expanding the program, and it’s allowing the players to come together and learn the same techniques. It’s creating friendships and not just volleyball skills, friendship skills. It creates a team.”
Coach Burris’ long-standing relationship with the program made her more confident in the work they did over the week.
“I love knowing that this isn’t a camp we go to where we take some things away and then discard the rest. I love knowing that these girls are being taught things that we will continue working on all season long for the next few years.”
The girls are on the same page.
“It’s been really good. We’ve learned a lot of new stuff, and everyone has been improving a lot,” said Alex.
“We started from the basics, and then we worked our way up. I can already see the improvement for myself and the team,” said Maddie.
Along with the new foundation the team has been working on, Coach Burris believes this will set her girls up for success that goes beyond the volleyball season.
“It’s really awesome that we are seeing what the upper levels are doing, and we are doing that too. We are lining these girls up for success no matter where they go.”
Up next for the Tornadoes, the team will host a middle school camp July 15-16 open to anyone in fifth grade to ninth grade, and their season will start later in July.
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