Youth beach volleyball clinic set for April 15

The Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation is hosting a beach volleyball youth program on April 15 to introduce more young people to the sport and to serve as a feeder program for the Cayman national beach team.

The program will be led by CIVF Technical Director Kevin Solomon and newly appointed volunteer head coach of the national team, Jeff Smith.

The “Greenlight for Beach Volleyball” youth program, sponsored by GreenlightRE, “is something the Federation has wanted to do for quite some time but was unable to fully commit to until now,” said CIVA President Kennedy McGowan.

The program will kick off with a free youth clinic from 9-11 a.m. at Public Beach. The clinic is for girls and boys ages 12 to 16, regardless of whether they have any volleyball experience.

The youth training will continue until June 10, with practice every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at Public Beach.

Cayman women’s national team member, Marissa Harrison, will be visiting local schools along with Smith and Solomon the week of April 10 to promote the program.

Marissa has recently committed verbally to play beach volleyball for Florida State University, whose beach team is ranked fourth in the U.S.

Marissa, currently a 10th grader, is one of only four girls recruited by FSU for the 2019 recruiting class, according to a press release.

“Miss Harrison is an example of the potential for all young players on the island,” Solomon said in a press release.

Volunteer head coach Smith, was introduced to Cayman by Marissa, who has been a member of his beach club, 692 West, in San Diego, California, for the past four years.

Marissa is one of 30 girls who have been recruited to Division I colleges from Smith’s beach club in the past six years, the press release states.

Smith said he is excited to assist in developing Cayman’s players and wants the CIVF to dream big: “We need to develop a youth program that will produce players who can compete in and win major tournaments at the youth level and will be recruited to play at the collegiate level.”

For more information, email: [email protected] or call 916-4382.

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