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SSHS set to host youth clinics
by Kayla Dubchansky
May 20, 2009 | 939 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spanish Springs High School has found a way to keep the Cougars’ pride alive all year long – sports clinics.

SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico and boys basketball coach Kyle Penney will each be hosting summer clinics to help student athletes stay active over the summer and hone their skills.

Basketball

The first camp, held in early June, is set to be a shooting camp for 5th through 12th graders. The first camp, clearly explained in its name, will focus on working on the foundations of shooting, from an athlete’s form, to proper positioning, working on muscle memory and more.

“The primary reason is to extend to our youth. We’re only seeking the schools, elementary schools and middle schools, that have future SSHS students,” Penney said. “We want to get them excited about basketball. We want them to have something to look forward too.”

The clinic will be held from June 8 through June 10 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $85.

“It’s a wide range of kids,” Penney said.” We’re just going to try and teach them the correct mechanics. We’ll play some games and give them things to do. It’s a mechanical camp; you do it over and over.”

The second camp will be held June 23 to June 25, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This skills camp is for third through eighth graders only.

This camp focuses on basketball skills as a whole, like footwork, passing, post work and more. The cost for the camp is $85. Both males and females are welcome. The best part about these camps is that students receive some personal attention from the instructors, Penney said.

For those who register for both camps, they get a discounted price, totaling $140. All payments must be turned in by June 2. Those who register early will get a free t-shirt.

Call Coach Penney at 775-240-4991 for more information.

Volleyball

The volleyball clinic hosted by the Cougars also focuses on future Cougars. It is aimed at fourth through sixth graders. Spanish Springs is hosting two clinics as well.

“Volleyball is not a sport girls grow up playing,” Sandomenico said. “They all play softball and soccer. We can have girls that have a love for the game.”

This first session runs four days, May 26 through 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and finishes up on May 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $65.

The current Cougars volleyball players will help run the clinics. The team uses the camp as a fundraiser, Sandomenico said.

The second clinic will be held on Thursdays in June and July. The first date will be June 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., then on consecutive Thursdays beginning July 9. It finishes off on Friday July 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. If students pay the $85 for the second camp by June 15, they receive a t-shirt.

“Volleyball is a sport that a lot of people just don’t know about,” Sandomenico said. “There are so few opportunities to play it that it’s something everyone should give a try just one time, just to expose them to something different. The more kids are exposed to, the better they’ll be regardless of what sport they choose.”

Sandomenico can be contacted directly by email for more information at: fsandomenico@washoe.k12.nv.us.
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