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Beach Volleyball History Benefits Transitioning from Indoor Volleyball National/Regional events Q/A. Presented by: Mark Nalevanko – vh1vball Junior Beach Director – Kevin Wendelboe – Carolina Region/USAV President - History.

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Beach Volleyball

  • History
  • Benefits
  • Transitioning from Indoor Volleyball
  • National/Regional events
  • Q/A
  • Presented by:
  • Mark Nalevanko – vh1vball Junior Beach Director –
  • Kevin Wendelboe – Carolina Region/USAV President -


  • 1920s – First played on the beaches of Santa Monica, California
  • Players got tired of waiting on enough people to show up to play games so they adapted to playing a 2 person version of volleyball
  • 1947 - First official two-man tournament held on Will Rogers State Beach in California
  • 1960 – First time the Manhattan Beach Open is held. Longest running beach volleyball tournament to this day.

History (Part 2)

  • 1983 - First official players organization formed – Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) – hosting events across the country for next 25+ years
  • Early 1990s – FIVB forms international pro beach tour
  • 1996 – Sport makes debut in Olympics.
  • 2011 – USAV and National Volleyball League (NVL) begin hosting pro beach events as AVP restructures

History (Part 3)

Sport Expands to Juniors…

  • 1994 – AAU hosts a junior beach volleyball tournament in California kicking off formation of AAU Beach program
  • 2001 – First FIVB World Junior Beach Volleyball Championships
  • 2005 – USA Beach Junior Tour inaugural season
  • 2006 – vh1vball – outdoor volleyball organization based in Raleigh holds junior beach tournaments for the first time
  • 2011 – Carolina Region/USAV starts a junior beach volleyball tour
  • 2011 - Carolina Open stop added to the USA Beach Junior Tour

Transition from Indoor Volleyball

  • First – Why play sand volleyball?
    • Quickly develop/improve all volleyball skills from being involved in EVERY play.
    • Beach game is suited for players that don’t want to be specialists
    • You don’t have to be tall to be successful (Example: Holly McPeak, one of the all-time greats was only 5’ 6” tall)
    • Improved conditioning from running in the sand
    • Improved quickness from covering more court area
    • Improved vertical from jumping in the sand
    • Kinder on the body – sand is a low impact surface conducive to repeatedly jumping/diving
    • Sport being added to NCAA program starting in 2012

Transition from Indoor Volleyball

  • First – Why play?

Transition from Indoor Volleyball

  • Second – What’s the same?
    • Same principle skills of volleyball (serving, passing, setting, hitting) all apply to beach volleyball with ball control being crucial
    • Same rules (mostly)
    • Net Heights
    • Same September 1 age cutoffs used for junior divisions (based in 2 year increments instead of every year currently)
      • 18U, 16U, 14U, 12U Girls and Boys

Transition from Indoor Volleyball

  • Third – What’s different?
    • 2 players – No player rotation necessary, just Left Side/Right Side positions
    • Shorter/Simplified court
      • About 3 feet shorter and 1.5 feet narrower on each side
      • No front/back zones or center line under net

Transition from Indoor Volleyball

  • Primary differences?
    • Dealing with outside elements (sand, sun, wind, rain)
    • Rules
      • Tournament matches consist of best 2 out of 3. First 2 games to 21. Third game to 15
      • Switch sides on multiples of 7 (games to 21) or 5 (games to 15)
      • Block counts as a contact
      • No open hand dinks/tips at the net
      • Sets over the net must be made directly forward or backward of where the player is facing (no shoots to the side allowed)
      • No re-dos on the serve toss
      • Hand setting generally tighter (players discouraged to attempt overhead sets on serve-receive)
      • Net violations tighter too (can’t touch the net while making any play on the ball)

National/Regional Events 2012

  • USA Beach Junior Tour
    • Website:
    • Schedule just released including a North Carolina event
    • Registration to open up around March 15th
    • Carolina Open – Raleigh/Cary – May 19-20, 2012
        • Largest junior beach volleyball tournament in NC (close to 90 teams last year)
        • May 19 - Girls 18U, 16U Boys 18U
        • May 20 - Girls 14U, 12U Boys 14U
    • Top 3 finishers in each division receive:
      • FREE ENTRY to National Championships in Milwaukee, WI – July 28/29
      • Chance to win a travel stipend valued at up to $500 (2 available)

National/Regional Events 2012

  • Carolina Region Junior Beach Volleyball Tour
    • Website:
    • Over a dozen events planned (twice as many as last year)
    • More Sites
      • Raleigh/Cary
      • Charlotte
      • Wilmington
      • Claremont (between Statesville and Hickory)
      • Wilson (about 30 minutes east of Raleigh)
      • Emerald Isle – Tour Championships
    • Points awarded to players based on finishes with top-earners winning season-ending awards at tour championships post-tournament banquet
    • Cost usually between $10-20 per person

NCAA Sand Volleyball

  • Collegiate Sand Volleyball Makes Debut in Spring 2012 as Emerging Sport
    • Website:
    • 15 schools already
      • College of Charleston
      • Florida State
      • University of Alabama-Birmingham
      • University of Southern California
      • And others including several more in Southeast
    • 10 years to get at least 40 schools sponsoring the sport to make it an official championship NCAA sport
    • Dual format play (similar to tennis) with best of 5 matches played between teams
    • Inaugural championships in Gulf Shores, AL (April 27-29)

More Resources (National)

  • USA Beach Volleyball
    • Website:
    • Holds HP Beach camps (tryouts for national teams) across country (closest in AL, FL)
  • USA Beach Junior Tour
    • Website:
  • AAU Beach
    • Website :

More Resources (North Carolina)

  • Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour
    • Website:
    • Facebook:
  • vh1vball Juniors (Raleigh)
    • Website:
    • Maintains the region’s facebook site plus a biweekly e-Newsletter dedicated to junior beach volleyball
  • Blue Sky Volleyball (Cary)
    • Website:
    • Hosts both adult and junior beach volleyball events
  • SportsLink (Charlotte)
    • Website:
    • Runs sports leagues of all kinds including adult and junior sand volleyball

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements/fees to sign-up for a tournament?
    • All events on Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour require USAV membership
    • USAV memberships from club team participation are good throughout summer
    • 1 event ($5) or summer membership ($15) forms available at check-in if needed
    • Cost of registration per event will vary from $10-20 per person typically. Carolina Open is around $30 per person.
  • Where do I sign-up for an event?
    • Most events will have a direct link from the Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour page ( to the host’s tournament site page.
    • If Carolina Region is hosting the event, then registration will be available directly on the aforementioned webpage

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I find a teammate for an event?
    • Ask your indoor club teammates, school teammates, friends
    • Send an email to the tournament host about whether anyone else is looking for a teammate
  • How to I get more formally introduced to the sport (coaching/training)?
    • There are Carolina Region sanctioned training sessions in Triangle area (Other areas may offer more opportunities soon)
      • March 24
      • April 7, 21 - FULL
      • May 5, 12 - FULL
    • Some people hold private instructions. Email Mark at to help get in touch with someone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are tournaments typically structured?
    • Teams are put into pools of 4-5 teams and play each team in their pool in round-robin fashion
    • Top 2 teams (4 team pools) or Top 3 teams (5 team pools) advance to a single-elimination playoff
    • If space/time permits, tournament director may offer a ‘Consolation’ playoff bracket for lower-placed teams after round-robin competition ends
    • Finalists in each division receive awards (medals/trophies)

Others Questions???

Thanks for your support!