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North Georgia YMCA enrolling volleyball players in February

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North Georgia Community YMCA Crush volleyball players are ready to enroll in a new volleyball season. From left are Madelyn Woodall, Kallie Carter, Makaela Patten, Faith Horton, Janna Blevins and Lauren Armstrong.

Volleyball is growing in popularity among girls in Catoosa County, so the North Georgia YMCA is offering volleyball sign-ups throughout the end of February.

In this fifth season of offering volleyball, North Georgia’s Crush volleyball players will compete against other YMCA teams from the area, including the North River YMCA in Hixson, Tenn.; Hamilton Family YMCA in East Brainerd, Tenn.; and the Downtown (Chattanooga) Family YMCA. Typically, 40 Catoosa County girls ages 7-15 enroll.

“Volleyball is becoming so popular and we really want the community to know it’s available to girls at the Y,” said North Georgia Community YMCA branch Executive Director John Donahoo, who lives in Ringgold. “Many girls don’t have volleyball experiences. They can be more successful in volleyball if they learn the game early in order to develop more skill habits.”

The teams are made up of about nine girls each with coaches that provide good instruction, he said. Games and practices take place inside the Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church gymnasium. The North Georgia Y normally signs up five to six teams but has room for more teams to play.

Donahoo said players learn how to volley, how to properly set the ball for a spike and how to be successful as a team.

“I really think volleyball is such a good sport for girls,” he said. “As far as physical fitness, it definitely is a sport with conditioning involved. Practice does enhance their play by strengthening their bodies.”

Crush team coach Kylea Sharrock, also of Ringgold, said this is her third season to work with the players.

“We want them to have fun with it since they are young,” she said. “Right now it’s more about making sure the girls are active. The earlier you are exposed to volleyball, the more you know, too. We teach them the different types of passing, setting, serving and plays.”

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