August Slave Lake volleyball camp hopeful

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

As of April 27 in Slave Lake, indoor youth physical activity is limited to 10 people, including teachers, physically distanced by three metres at all times. In Edmonton, Calgary, and Fort McMurray, only private lessons were allowed.

“You can’t run a summer camp as private lessons,” says Carsten Stanjeck, HITT Volleyball founder and CEO.

However, HITT Volleyball hopes that the restrictions will ease by August so it can hold its third annual volleyball camp in Slave Lake.

The Calgary company has held summer volleyball camps in Slave Lake the last two years. The first year, COVID hadn’t come on the scene yet. Last summer, COVID-19 restrictions allowed for camp with modifications.

Registration for camp is open and will continue until the camp is full. As of April 27, Michelle Vekved, who is handling registration, says there were 14 people registered for the morning camp (ages 11 to 14) and four registered for the afternoon (ages 14 to 17). The camps are capped at 24 each.

At 14, some volleyball players are new to the sport and others have experience, says Stanjeck. Therefore, 14-year-olds can choose which camp they want to attend based on their experience.

Often HITT works with local school coaches, but this year is a bit different.

“There haven’t been any teams all year long,” says Stanjeck. “Teachers are super overloaded right now,” so HITT keeps contact with them low key.

HITT Volleyball is ready to adjust to changes in COVID-19 restrictions, says Stanjeck. The plan is to keep the camps open, until the last minute. If a cancellation is necessary, HITT has a COVID-19 cancellation policy which returns everything but $20 to the parents.

Back in November, HITT had to cancel some volleyball clinics elsewhere in Alberta.

“We learned a lot from that,” says Stanjeck.

HITT refunded all of the money, but this meant the company was stuck paying for banking fees and administration, so in the new policy this portion of the registration is non-refundable. However, the majority will be returned.

“Everybody has been really understanding,” says Stanjeck.

Camps are scheduled for August 3 to 7 in Slave Lake. To register contact Vekved at [email protected] gmail.com.

Campers at the 2019 Slave Lake HITT Volleyball camp. Organizers are hopeful for 2021, but it’s dependent on COVID-19 restrictions easing.

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