The Enterprise Lady Cats volleyball team hosted a number of children from the area June 6-7 for the annual Mini Cats Volleyball Camp at Enterprise High School.

Enterprise volleyball coach Janie Wiggins said that 30 campers signed up this year and the majority of them were returners.

“I asked the girls before we started how many were here this year for the first time and only about four raised their hands,” Wiggins said. “So, that tells you that the rest of them have been here before and probably numerous times and they love it.

“If we can get them in here one time you can almost bet they will be back. To get them here and to love the game is so big.”

Wiggins said that when she first started doing the Mini Cats Camp her goal was to make the youth players fall in love with the game.

“I told our (players) when we started Mini Cats that my goal for the camp was that our players show their love and passion for the game to the kids,” Wiggins continued. “So, those (campers) can then show that they now have a love and passion for the game when they leave here.”

Wiggins said that when she was in college she always helped her coaches with youth camps and she believes that it made her a better player. Her varsity, JV and freshman players all help coach at Mini Cats and Wiggins said that she hopes it will benefit them in the same way.

“Back when I played I would go and help our college coach do camps and it made me a better player,” Wiggins said. “It helps them see that I’ve told you this several times (in a drill), now what do you have to do to fix it. Hopefully it makes them better players now.”

Campers got a chance to learn the fundamentals about volleyball from setting to footwork to serving and passing, but also got to play games against one another during the camp.

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