Frequently Asked Questions
We will take participants as young as 8 in our youth camp, through high school seniors in our All-Skills camp. Please call (503) 756-7929 if you have a participant that may be younger or older than this age range. We are flexible and will make every effort to cater to your needs.
We do not offer full scholarships or full grants-in-aid to participants. However, what we can do is work out a payment plan with you where you do not have to pay the full fee all at once and can pay it in regular installments. Please call (503) 756-7929 if you find yourself in this situation.
No previous volleyball experience or playing experience is necessary. Players do not need to be a member of a school team or club, nor do we make any distinctions among those players at camp.
Campers are divided by the coaching staff, based both on age and skill level. Similar skill levels will be grouped together. We believe this is the best way to facilitate learning in a relaxed and fun environment. We will never put a first-year player with a college recruit. On a similar level, we will never put a 12 year old with a group of 18 year olds. While these are just examples, these are the basic principles that we adhear to when dividing campers into groups. The All-Skills camp will begin with an evaluation session. Campers go between courts and are tested on basic volleyball skills. We use the evaluation session as a tool to help us divide campers into their appropriate skill and age groups. No negative "consequences" come from a "poor" performance at these evaluations. We do not divide players be club team, school teams, etc.. After grouping have been made and we may still move campers around after a session or two.
Coaches will constantly be evaluating campers and will move campers between groups as appropriate. Chances are, if you were put into the wrong group, our staff will notice. If you, as a camper, have a question about where you were placed, you are always welcome to bring that to the attention of your coach. Parents who believe their campers were placed in the incorrect group MUST have their child bring the issue to their coach. Questions from parents or others regarding group placement will not be considered until the camper in question has raised the issue with his or her coach.
The safety of our campers, for all camps, is our first and foremost priority. At no time will campers be alone on campus - they will always be with a partner, a group, a coach, etc. We also collect signatures of people checking campers in and checking campers out and roll call is always checked before the start of each camp. When campers check in, they MUST indicate to our staff who will be picking the child up at night. If that indicated person doesn't show up to pick up the camper, the camper is not released. In the dorms, there will be at least two coaches per residential floor, meaning no less than 8-10 coaches will be living in the dorms with participants. The EWU Coaching Staff also does routine checks of the dorms in the evening to ensure security and safety. Dorms are locked at all times and require a special key for entrance, which only the camp director and the dorm staff have. Campers are not allowed free access to the dorms except during meal times.