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    2023 RIT Volleyball Girls Position Resident and Commuter Camp (Setter, Hitter, Libero) (July 14-16, Ages 10-18)

    Start Date:07/14/23
    End Date:07/16/23
    Registration Opens:01/31/23
    Registration Closes:07/17/23
    Camp Fee:$360

    RIT Volleyball Girls Position Resident/Commuter Day Camp July 14-16


    This camp is designed for the player interested in specialized skill training. Each camp is geared for the beginning, intermediate and advanced level player looking to focus on a specialized position. Players from ages 10 to 18 interested in three days of drills and training will benefit from this experience. This camp is a three day (7 sessions) training camp. For residential campers, the fee includes registration, housing (two nights), all meals and a camp T-shirt. For commuters, the fee includes registration, some meals (dinner on July 14, lunch and dinner on July 15, lunch on July 16) and a camp T-shirt.  

    Positions include:


    1. SETTER CAMP which concentrates on setting skill techniques with training repetitions in footwork, attack skills, and various set types.
    2. HITTER CAMP which will focus on a variety of attack skills from the outside hitter, middle hitter and right side attackers. Quick attacks, as well as play-sets, for the hitter will also be emphasized. Footwork, arm swing, and blocking skills will also be of primary focus. Please identify your position on application (OH, MH, RSH).
    3. LIBERO CAMP which concentrates on all passing and defensive skill techniques with training repetitions in footwork, ball control, as well as, extend and recover.

    Commuter Fee: $295
    Residential Fee: $360

    Pickup Policy

    To track all drop-offs and pickups of children, parents/guardians are required to sign children in/out on the daily attendance sheet. Staff are not permitted to sign these sheets on behalf of parents/guardians.

    Generally, persons picking up children must be at least 18 years of age and bring a valid photo identification. In exceptional circumstances, and only with the parent/guardian’s written consent, a younger individual may be permitted to pick up a child.

    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 18th season as head coach of the RIT women’s volleyball program in 2022. The winningest coach in program history (415-248) has enjoyed two tenures as head coach at RIT, first from 1991-95 and from 2010 to the present.

    The 2022 team finished with a 16-17 record and a trip to the Liberty League semi-finals. Liv Benard was named an AVCA Honorable-Mention All-American. Benard was also selected to the AVCA All-Region First-Team and Sydney Neff was named as an AVCA All-Region Honorable-Mention. Liv Benard and Sydney Neff were each selected to the Liberty League First-Team All-Conference. Liv Benard, Calista Gasper and Sydney Neff were each named to the NCAA Division III Academic All-District Women’s Volleyball Team.

    Lodes guided his 2021 squad to a 25-5 record, including an unbeaten 7-0 Liberty League record for the first time in program history before receiving an at-large bid to the program's 12th NCAA Division III Tournament. Seeded first in the region and awarded one of the tournament's eight Regional Championship sites, the Tigers defeated Framingham State in the opening round before falling to Wesleyan in the regional semifinals. 

    Three players were named All-American, including third-team honoree Katie Hobler, along with honorable-mention picks Taylor Higgins and Sydney Neff. The Liberty League also selected RIT as the Coaching Staff of the Year. 
    Lodes was named the 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) New York Region Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 29-5 record, including the program's first Liberty League Championship, as well as the first NCAA Tournament showing since 2007. 
    Hobler was named an AVCA Third-Team All-American as well as Liberty League First-Team All-Conference and Rookie of the Year, while Erin Parkinson was an Honorable Mention All-American. Parkinson also joined Taylor Higgins on the Liberty League second-team.
    In 2014, Lodes led the squad to its first Liberty League Championship match, recording 22 wins. Lodes recruited and coached 2017 graduate Sarah Szybist, a four-time AVCA All-American, 2017 RIT Senior Female Athlete of the Year and 2016 CoSIDA Volleyball Academic All-America of the Year. She finished sixth in Division III history wth 2,563 career kills.
    Lodes has helped continue the great success the program has enjoyed in the classroom. Last year, RIT earned its sixth concecutive AVCA Team Academic Award, while 10 players earned Liberty League All-Academic Team honors. Hobler became the seventh Tiger in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors over the last nine seasons, and joined Suzanne Jokajtys, Cat Sullivan, Szybist (three times) and Kayla Wheeler (twice) in garnering CoSIDA Academic All-America.

    In his first stint at RIT, Lodes led the Tigers to the NCAA Division III National Semifinals and a third-place finish in 1993. He coached 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, helping the Bulls to a then school record 10 consecutive Division I wins in 2006 and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award in 2007 and 2008.

    Prior to Buffalo, Lodes was an assistant at D1 North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels reach the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals and a No. 12 final national ranking in 2002. He was also the head coach at both Lees-McRae College, where his teams won the Carolinas-Virginia Conference regular season and tournament championships both seasons (2000 and 2001), and his alma mater SUNY Brockport, where they were SUNYAC finalists in 1999.

    He has worked with the Primo and Volley FX Junior Olympic girls teams, the Pace Bootlegger Junior Olympic boys team, served as a clinician, coached several area high school teams, and is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
    On Oct. 20, 2012, Lodes won his 232nd match as head coach at RIT in a victory over St. Lawrence, surpassing the previous record of 231, held by Roger Worsley. Lodes earned his 300th win at the university on Sept. 17, 2016. On Oct. 4, 2014, Lodes reached the 400-win milestone for his overall career, as RIT defeated the University of Pittsburgh Bradford.  Lodes is 466-430 in his coaching career, spanning all three Divisions and five schools.

    Lodes graduated from Brockport in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports management. He currently lives in West Henrietta.


    Assistant Camp Director - RIT Assistant Coach John Tuttle

    John Tuttle completed his eighth 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.

    Housing and Meals

    All overnight campers will be housed two per air conditioned room on the RIT campus. Healthy and nutritional meals are provided in the all you can eat campus dining halls. Other amenities include: cable TV in lounges, laundry facilities and are conveniently located to the camp facilities on campus.


    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:

    • Campers who attend consecutive camps are offered FREE housing for the evening between camps.
    • Commuter campers should be picked up and dropped off at Clark Gym. Lunch and dinner meals are included daily for all commuters.
    • All campers receive a RIT Volleyball T-shirt (please indicate your size on the application form).
    • Overnight camper housing is included with registration fee.
    • Certified Athletic Trainer 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. 

    July 14

    12:00-1:00 PM                      Camper Check in

    1:15 PM                                Depart for Clark Gym (Commuters dropped off at Clark Gym)

    1:30-4:00 PM                        Session 1

    4:00 PM                                Depart for dorm and Dining Hall

    4:30-6:00 PM                        Dinner

    6:45 PM                                Depart dorm for Clark Gym

    7:00-9:15 PM                        Session 2

    9:15 PM                                Depart for dorm (Commuters picked up at Clark Gym)

    11:00 PM                              Resident Campers lights out

     July 15

    8:00-8:40 AM                       Breakfast (for Resident Campers)

    8:45 AM                            Depart dorm for Clark Gym (Commuters dropped off at Clark Gym)

    9:00-11:30 AM                     Session 3

    11:30 AM                             Depart for dorm and Dining Hall

    11:45 AM- 1:00 PM                Lunch

    1:15 PM                               Depart dorm for Clark Gym

    1:30-4:00 PM                       Session 4

    4:00 PM                               Depart for dorm and Dining Hall

    4:30-6:00 PM                        Dinner

    6:45 PM                               Depart dorm for Clark Gym

    7:00-9:15 PM                       Session 5

    9:15 PM                               Depart for dorm (Commuters picked up at Clark Gym)

    11:00 PM                             Resident Campers lights out

     July 16

    8:00-8:40 AM                       Breakfast (for Resident Campers)

    8:45 AM                            Depart dorm for Clark Gym (Commuters dropped off at Clark Gym)

    9:00-11:30 AM                     Session 6

    11:30 AM                             Depart for dorm and Dining Hall

    11:45 AM- 1:00 PM                Brunch

    1:15 PM                               Depart dorm for Clark Gym

    1:30-4:00 PM                       Session 7

    4:00 PM                               Depart for dorm (Commuters picked up at Clark Gym)

    4:15-5:00 PM                       Check out of dorms