Though many activities for Ukiah’s youth have slowed down in the face of COVID-19, Ukiah High volleyball teams are finding ways to practice during the pandemic. This summer, Ukiah High varsity volleyball coach Amanda Brown decided to start an outdoor workout and volleyball practice for girls ages 13 through 18.
Coach Brown thinks exercise is essential. In addition to playing volleyball, the camp also includes a strength and conditioning workout.
Brown has set up two groups through the City of Ukiah. The camp was initially supposed to be at Todd Grove Park, but since the city’s Summer Safari camp was already there, she had to find a different park. Brown decided to use Vinewood Park, saying it “is great for volleyball.” She described the park as having ample shade and being great for dropping off and picking up athletes.
Since there are specific rules to follow during the pandemic, Brown said the camp is taking precautions. She described those precautions as limiting the groups to 12 people, including the coach, maintaining social distance, and hand sanitizing the equipment and hands throughout the class. Also, Coach Brown said the camp is limited to only playing outside.
9th grader Eva Bailey, a volleyball player and a participant in the Monday and Wednesday class for ages 13 and 14, said that she heard about the camp from one of her friends. Bailey expressed liking the camp because, despite the pandemic, she can still see her friends and have fun with them. Eva does miss not being able to play on an actual team.
The 13 and 14-year-old group takes place on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The older group plays on Tuesday and Thursday at the same time. Anyone interested in playing this sport, here is one available activity.