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Beach Volleyball


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 since they are two different seasons: Indoor takes place 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.


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 you should have every time you step onto the sand:

  • 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



Emma Mertler - Coach Emma began playing Club sand volleyball in 6th grade in the Chicago area and competed in tournaments throughout high school. She spent 2 summers with Wisconsin Volleyball Academy’s Beach Program where she was a coach and program director.  Emma is passionate about beach volleyball and believes that every indoor player should learn to play sand because it improves their game by making them perform every skill proficiently (serve, pass, set & attack) and it provides the opportunity for athletes to gain perspective on the game in a new way.

Addison Mertler - Coach Addison grew up in southern Florida competing in sand tournaments with his dad. After moving to Wisconsin to attend Lakeland University and play indoor volleyball, Addison kept connected to the beach game by coaching for Wisconsin Volleyball Academy’s beach program. Addison is currently the head coach for the Morningside Men’s Volleyball Team.



MVP United’s Beach Training / Season will run from May 16 – July 11. Athletes should try to attend at least 1 practice per week. Practices will be at the Ickey Nickel; 4700 41st St, Sioux City, IA.

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

12U: Players born on or after July 1, 2009

14U: Players born on or after July 1, 2007

16U: Players born on or after July 1, 2005

18U: Players born on or after July 1, 2003


Practice days are as follows: Practices will be 1 hour and 15 minutes.  On the days where two times are listed, the younger athletes (12U & 14U) will practice in the early time slot and the older athletes (16U & 18U) will practice in the later time slot.

Monday, May 23rd 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Thursday, May 26th 9:30AM - 10:45AM  / 10:45AM - 12:00PM

Tuesday, May 31st 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Thursday, June 2nd 9:30AM - 10:45AM  / 10:45AM - 12:00PM

Monday, June 6th 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Thursday, June 9th 9:30AM - 10:45AM  /  10:45AM - 12:00PM

Wednesday, June 15th 9:30AM - 10:45AM  /  10:45AM - 12:00PM

Thursday, June 16th 9:30AM - 10:45AM  /  10:45AM - 12:00PM

Monday, June 20th 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Tuesday, June 21st 9:30AM - 10:45AM  /  10:45AM - 12:00PM

Wednesday, June 29th 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Thursday, June 30th 9:30AM - 10:45AM  /  10:45AM - 12:00PM

Thursday, July 7th 9:30AM - 10:45AM  /  10:45AM - 12:00PM

Monday, July 11th 1:30PM - 2:45PM



*Payment Option #1: $280 Payment in full (No additional processing fees) (You save $20 by paying with Option #1)

*Payment Option #2: $300

2 Equal Payments (Downpayment processed with initial registration, 2nd payment will be processed on June 1st) (No additional processing fees)


HOW TO REGISTER - Click the link above to register (Opens @ 7am on 3/29/22)



Competing in tournaments is encouraged but not required.  Teams can choose how many and which tournaments they would like to compete in from May 21 – July 30. Coaches are not required during tournaments, so there will be no coach accompanying teams at tournaments.


IMPORTANT: Athletes/Teams will be responsible to register and pay for their own tournaments. *If a coach is required to register a team, we will gladly help you but most tournaments allow teams to register themselves. The fees vary on tournaments but they are normally around $65 per team / tournament.


Great Plains Tournament Options:

May 21 Nebraska Early Bird BNQ 12U-18U The Mark (Omaha)

June 4-5 Great Plains BNQ 12U-18U The Mark (Omaha)

June 10 Nebraska BRQ 12U/14U The Mark (Omaha)

June 17 Nebraska BRQ 16U/18U The Mark (Omaha)

June 24 Omaha Open 12U-18U The Mark (Omaha)

July 8 Spikes Beach Bash 14U Spikes Bar & Grille (Lincoln)

July 9 Spikes Beach Bash 12U/16U/18U Spikes Bar & Grille (Lincoln)

July 16 Mid-Summer Madness 16U/18U The Mark (Omaha)

July 23 MVP’s Summer Showdown 12U-18U Ickey Nickel (Sioux City, IA)

July 30 NE Beach Championships 12U/18U The Mark (Omaha)

When you attend tournaments you MUST have your USAV membership card and a USAV medical release form with you.