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Beach Volleyball Training

WHY BEACH?

Beach Volleyball is the fastest growing collegiate sport in the country, with more and more opportunities for athletes to find success in indoor and beach programs as they are two different seasons: Indoor in the fall and Beach in the spring. The advantage of playing beach volleyball is that a player must be able to perform every skill. To be successful at beach volleyball a player must be able to pass, set, hit, serve, and play defense.  It forces the players to develop their weaker skills. It also requires players to cover more of the court on serve receive and on defense and this teaches players to read the hitter and control the ball. Moving in the sand and jumping in the sand is much more difficult than in indoor, so playing beach volleyball can help you develop a stronger jump and make you quicker on defense because you’re under constant resistance in the sand. Learn more on why your athlete should be playing Beach Volleyball here.

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INDOOR & BEACH

There are a number of differences between the indoor and outdoor game that help to improve an athlete’s volleyball IQ. Here are a few of those differences:

  1. Two athletes cover almost the same surface area as the indoor court.

  2. A block touch counts as a touch.

  3. No open hand tips allowed.

  4. Any ball contacted overhead MUST be 100% clean (no spin).

  5. Most junior tournaments do not have referees or coaches, therefore, athletes must learn how to handle more responsibility.

 

GEAR

Gear you should have every time you step onto the sand:

  • LOTS OF WATER

  • Sunglasses or Visor/Hat (good, athletic pair that won’t fall off while playing)

  • Sand Socks (prevent foot burns from hot sand)

  • Sunscreen

  • Towel

  • Matching Apparel with Partner

 

AGE DIVISIONS

There are 4 age groups for athletes to compete in: 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U.

12U: Players born on or after July 1, 2008

14U: Players born on or after July 1, 2006

16U: Players born on or after July 1, 2004

18U: Players born on or after July 1, 2002

 

WHEN?

Our MVP United Beach Season will run from June 1 – July 18. Each team (made up of 2 players) will have 2 practice times/week.  (NOTE: We will have flexibility in scheduling and we understand that 2 practices / week may not work for all teams on a consistent basis)

Court availability is as follows:

Monday @ 4:00-5:30PM

Tuesday @ 4:00-5:30PM

Wednesday @ 4:00-5:30PM

Thursday @ 4:00-5:30PM

Practices will take place at the Ickey Nickel; 4700 41st St, Sioux City, IA.


TOURNAMENTS

All MVP United Beach Teams (2 athletes) will compete at 2 tournaments of their choosing between June 5 – July 18. We will work with a team’s schedule to decide which tournaments to participate in. Coaches are not required during tournaments, so there will be no coach accompanying teams at tournaments. Tournament locations vary throughout Des Moines, Lincoln, Omaha and Sioux Falls.

 

COACHES

Jerry Stanwick 

Addison Mertler 

Emma Mertler 

 

HOW TO REGISTER

Register for the 2021 MVP United Beach Program by clicking the link below.

 

PLAYER FEES & PAYMENT OPTIONS

Player Fees include Tournament Entry for 2 tournaments, MVP United Beach Gear (TBD - Tank Top, Visor, etc), 2 practices per week for 7 weeks, Experienced & Knowledgable Coaches.

OPTION #1

$360 for 1 time payment at registration (no additional online processing fees) *$20 Saving for 1 time payment!

OPTION #2

$380 for 2 Installment Option (no additional online processing fees). $190 downpayment & remaining balance processed on July 1, 2021.

 

USA VOLLEYBALL MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED

You must be a USA Volleyball member. If you participated in the 2021 indoor club volleyball season through MVP, you already have this membership. If you did not, register for a Great Plains Region membership here.