Over Memorial Day weekend, we jumped in the car and traveled to the HOT state of Arizona! Mitch invited us to run a sand clinic at his facility. Marcio has already worked with Mitch and has been to the facility but it was my first time. I must say, it was AWESOME! It is always great to be back in Arizona, after all I am a Sun Devil---Fork Em'!
We were in Arizona for a total of three days. On Friday, we left early to drive across the desert. We arrived at the Missions Palms( thank you dad) at noon and I naturally went straight to the pool--It was perfect weather! Later that evening, we arranged to have dinner with my former assistant coach Terri. It was SO great to catch up, after all I have been out of college for almost 7 years!! CRAZY!
On Saturday the clinics began! We had a 14 &under group as well as an older group, 15 years old-18 years old. Both groups were very athletic and anxious to learn more about the Sand Volleyball Game, especially to learn from Marcio! With it being so hot in AZ, we trained from 8am-9:45 (younger group) 9:45am-11:30am(older group) and 4:00pm-5:45pm(younger group) and 5:45-7:30 (older group). It worked out perfectly. We had this schedule both Saturday and Sunday. The girls did great, worked hard, learned a ton of volleyball, and drank lots of water :)
The four hour break in between was the perfect amount of time to visit with Randy, Leslie, and their newborn son, eat at OREGANOS, shop for new Sun Devil gear, and nap! The only thing we did not do was spend some quality time at the BIG BANG (my favorite place in Tempe)... Not to worry, I am sure we will be back and forth to Arizona often.
Thank you, Mitch and all the other coaches that spent the weekend with us! The level of play was awesome, the girls worked hard, the coaches were super positive and engaged. It was an all around perfect weekend! Can't wait to get back to CourtOne in the near future!
I will leave you with some pictures from the weekend...