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    2020 RIT Girls All Skill Day Volleyball Camp (July 13-16, Ages 10-18) - CANCELED

    Start Date:07/13/20
    End Date:07/16/20
    Registration Opens:02/01/20
    Registration Closes:05/26/20
    Camp Fee:$260

    RIT Volleyball Girls All Skills Commuter Day Camp July 13-16


    This camp is designed for all levels of volleyball athletes ages 10-18. Campers are divided onto courts by skill level, age and experience, which provide the appropriate learning environment. You will get the instruction and training that is appropriate for you. Instruction and training includes the skills and techniques of serving, passing, setting, attacking, blocking and individual defense. Emphasis is placed on court movement, ball control, and game competition. A variety of drills, games and competition will be used to put these techniques into practice. This is a four day (eight sessions) camp ideal for both learning and improvement. The fee includes registration, daily lunches and a camp T-shirt.

    Commuter Fee: $260

    RIT Volleyball Camp Staff

    The advantage of attending our camps is the quality and experience of the coaching staff. In addition to the RIT coaching staff and players, the camp staff will consist of outstanding NCAA & NAIA collegiate coaches, high school coaches, club coaches as well as collegiate players. The maximum camper to counselor ratio will be 8:1. This allows each camper to also receive individual attention as well as small group instruction.


    Camp Director RIT Head Coach Jim Lodes

    Jim Lodes completed his tenth season in his return as head coach of the RIT women's volleyball program in 2019 and fifteenth season overall. He returned to RIT in 2010 after serving as the head coach of the Tigers from 1991-1995. Lodes has the most career wins in the history of the RIT volleyball program with 374 wins.

    Last season, the Tigers advanced to the Liberty League semi-finals for the sixth time in the past nine seasons after finishing third in the regular season. Katie Hobler and Kelly Waters were named Honorable Mention AVCA All-America. Katie Hobler and Kelly Waters were named AVCA New York Region team along with Taylor Higgins selected as an honorable mention member. Katie Hobler (1st Team), Taylor Higgins (1st Team), Kelly Waters (2nd Team) and Brianna Ellis (Honorable Mention) were named All-Liberty League. The team finished with 18 wins.

    In 2018, the Tigers were Liberty League Champions and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2007. The Tigers advanced to the second round after winning their first NCAA Championships match since 1999. Katie Hobler was named an AVCA Third Team All-America and AVCA New York Region Rookie of the Year. Erin Parkinson was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America.

    In 2017, the Tigers had 14 wins with a roster that had 13 of their 16 players being freshman and sophomores. Taylor Higgins, freshman, was named to the All-Liberty League Second Team.

    In 2016, the Tigers advanced to the Liberty League semi-finals for the fourth time in the past six seasons. The team finished with 21 wins. Sarah Szybist was named AVCA Second Team All-America and the 2016 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-American of the Year and 2016 CoSIDA Academic First Team All American. 

    In 2015, the Tigers advanced to the Liberty League semi-finals. The team finished with 21 wins. Sarah Szybist was named AVCA Honorable Mention All American and the 2015 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic First Team All American. Kayla Wheeler earned 2015 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic Third Team All American.

    In 2014, the Tigers advanced to their first Liberty League championship match and finished the overall season with 22 wins.  Sarah Szybist was named AVCA Third Team All American and the 2014 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic Third Team All American.  Kayla Wheeler earned 2014 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic Second Team All American.

    In 2013, the Tigers won 15 matches and Sarah Szybist was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, AVCA New York Region Freshman of the Year and ECAC Rookie of the Year.  In 2012, Lodes led the Tigers to 26 wins and a semi-final appearance in their second season in the Liberty League. Cat Sullivan was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. Cat Sullivan and Suzanne Jokajtys were named Capital One Academic All-American. The Tigers won 17 matches in their inaugural season in the Liberty League in 2011.  In 2010, Lodes led RIT to a 22-16 mark, advancing to the Empire 8 Tournament for the eighth time in nine seasons. In addition, the squad won the team academic award at RIT for the 2010-11 season with the highest grade-point average among all 24 athletics teams.

    In his first stint at RIT, Lodes led the Tigers to the Division III national semifinals and a third-place finish in 1993, coaching three AVCA All-Americans (Liang Gaik Khaw, Kris Gray, and Jen Polo) and three GTE Academic All-Americans (Liang Gaik Khaw, Kris Gray, and Lucy Emberg). He led the Tigers to three Empire Athletic Association titles in 1991, 1992, and 1993 and the New York State championship in 1991 and 1993. 
    Before returning to RIT, Lodes spent four years as the head coach at the University at Buffalo. While there, he helped Buffalo to a school record 10 consecutive Division I wins in 2006 and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award in 2007-2008. 

    Prior to Buffalo, Lodes was an assistant at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Highlights at UNC include the team reaching the Final Sixteen in 2002 and a No.12 ranking in the final AVCA Poll. He has also been the head coach at both Lees-McRae College and the College at Brockport.
    He has worked with Junior Olympic teams, Empire State Games teams, served as a clinician, coached several area high school teams, and is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

    Lodes is a 1993 graduate of SUNY Brockport. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education and sports management and currently lives in West Henrietta. 


    Assistant Camp Director - RIT Assistant Coach John Tuttle

    John Tuttle completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for the RIT volleyball program. He brings more than 20 years of head coaching experience to RIT at both the collegiate and high school level.
    Tuttle spent 10 years (2000-2009) at The College at Brockport, where he collected a 218-147 overall mark. Under his tutelage, 30 players from the Golden Eagles' squad earned All-SUNYAC honors, including two first-year Players of the Year, and three SUNYAC West Players of the Year, along with Brockport's first All-American selection since 1994.

    At the helm, Tuttle led the Golden Eagles to their first NCAA appearance since 1994 with a trip to the national tournament as an at-large bid in 2006. The squad finished with 27 wins - the most since Tuttle's first year when the team won 29 matches – and advanced to the Great Lakes Regional of the NCAA Division III Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Under Tuttle, the Golden Eagles won at least a share of the SUNYAC Western Division in nine of the last 10 years and completed an unblemished 8-0 conference record in 2006 for the second time in Tuttle's tenure.
    In 2010, Tuttle was named head coach at St. John Fisher College. He spent two seasons with the Cardinals, recording a 40-29 mark while leading them to two ECAC Upstate Tournaments and the Empire 8 Tournament in 2011.

    Tuttle compiled an outstanding 133-43 record in nine years as the head volleyball coach at Rush-Henrietta High School. He led his team to six Monroe County League titles, five Monroe County Championships, and ended the season at the top of the state rankings on four occasions. Prior to making the move to the high school level, Tuttle served as an assistant at RIT from 1988-90 and 1992-94. He helped the Tigers to the NCAA final four and a number-three national ranking in 1993. He also coached the 18-and-under elite team with the Primo Volleyball Club in 1993-94.

    A 2003 physical education graduate of The College at Brockport, Tuttle currently teaches physical education at Crane Elementary School in the Rush-Henrietta School District. He resides in Rochester with his wife, Sandi.


    Camp sessions are conducted on the RIT campus. Facilities include Clark Gymnasium, Auxiliary Gym and the Student Life Center. The RIT Volleyball Camp allows the athlete to experience the university setting. Each session offers a unique opportunity for any young volleyball player to benefit from intensive volleyball instruction as well as exposure to the university community.

    Special features:

    • Commuter campers should be picked up and dropped off at Clark Gym. Lunch meals are included daily for all commuters.
    • All campers receive a RIT Volleyball T-shirt (please indicate your size on the application form).
    • Certified Athletic Trainers will be available at all times.

    For further information or questions regarding camp please contact:

    Coach Jim Lodes   585-475-5295 


    All times and schedules are subject to change. 

    Schedule (Each day has the same schedule):

    July 13-16

    8:45 AM                              Commuters dropped off at Clark Gym

    9:00-11:45 AM                     Morning Session

    11:45 AM                            Depart for Dining Hall

    11:45 AM- 1:00 PM               Lunch

    1:00 PM                              Depart for Clark Gym

    1:15-4:00 PM                       Afternoon Session

    4:00 PM                              Commuters picked up at Clark Gym