Beach Volleyball is the NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and exceeding 100 collegiate programs in 2019, which means a huge influx of opportunities and scholarships for female student-athletes. Below is a brief explanation of and game plan to begin the recruiting process for girls interested in playing beach volleyball at the collegiate level. This is by no means comprehensive but should give you a good start to the process as well as some valuable information to guide your journey.
S3 Volleyball, short for Southern Select Sand Volleyball, was founded in 2014, around the same time that a massive multi-sport venue called LakePoint Sporting Community opened 35 minutes north of Atlanta. In collaboration with RallyVB out of LakePoint, the two parties agreed that working together was the best way to grow the game of beach volleyball. Learn about the journey of this growing year round beach club that earned JVA Club of the Month.Read More
Having a great warm-up routine is an important step toward being a successful beach athlete and competitor. Brooke Niles shares one of her favorite beach warm-up drills and why it checks off all the boxes when it comes to preparing to train or compete.
A fast-growing beach volleyball tournament format is the “Club vs. Club” or “School vs. School” format, generally referred to as a dual tournament. This is the format that made it practical for the NCAA to adopt beach volleyball. The Club vs. Club format not only encourages a sense of team and club loyalty, it also offers matched competition and more match play experience at the junior level. Here is a breakdown of the formatting options to run your own Club. vs Club beach event.
Serving is a critical part of the game. By using certain techniques, a team can optimize the ability to use the serve to score points. Here are 4 beach serving strategies that will help you score more points from the service line.Read More
Similar to indoor, collegiate beach volleyball is a team game, and it is the fastest growing NCAA sport over the last five years in Division I. And the juniors are following suit. Now it's time for junior beach events to mirror the college game. Here are three benefits of the Club vs Club format and why it is essential for the continued development of junior and collegiate beach volleyball.Read More
The blocker has a strategic role in beach that can be broken up into a few different segments. As the front defender, the blocker changes the way the attacker makes the ball cross the net either by blocking the ball or by eliminating angles and locations where the attacker can make the ball cross the net. Here are seven key strategies for blocking at the net from 3 time Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist Phil Dalhausser.Read More
Junior beach volleyball is now one step closer to the college game with the start of the BVCA Club Challenge Series powered by JVA. The new format includes 4 weekend events where junior beach volleyball clubs align their ranked teams to compete against one another for the win. Learn more about this new competitive format and how it will positively impact the beach volleyball community across all levels.Read More
In beach volleyball, it is critical to train defensive responsibilities and court coverage on defense as there are only two players covering one side of the court. 692 Beach Director Scott Stover shares a drill breakdown and strategy behind training a defensive base where his junior players hold in their base position.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce a partnership with Beach Nation, a company that provides the tools to run and grow a beach program, and offers elite beach volleyball education through nationwide clinics for players and coaches across a spectrum of levels.Read More
The JVA is proud to announce the nine beach clubs named 2019 JVA Sponsor Clubs. In it's fourth consecutive year of the JVA Sponsor Program, the nine beach clubs join the 64 indoor clubs to set yet another record year. As a member driven and member centered organization, JVA will be giving the nine beach clubs a portion of the $200,000 being awarded to JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.Read More
Yoga is becoming more common in training regiments for junior athletes. Coaches are finding that their athletes' overall mental, physical, and even inspirational well-being improve as a result of incorporating yoga and mindfulness into practice time. If you are not convinced yet, let's look at 5 reasons to integrate yoga into your club's wellness program this season.
The JVA is pleased to announce the 2018 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes female beach athletes from JVA member clubs as the top junior beach athletes in their division this season.Read More
Keeping stats in volleyball at any level, indoor or beach, can be very useful in tracking improvement and determining the focus of practices. While win-loss records can be the result of improvements in skill, there are many incremental skill improvements that can only be measured through stats. Tracking just 4 key skills can provide very clear direction to focus your beach training.Read More
Stein Metzger just led UCLA to its first beach volleyball national title in school history. When he is not busy winning collegiate championships, Stein wears another hat, Club Director of Los Angeles Beach Volleyball Club. The JVA Club Director shares beach setting basics to increase your partner stock level this summer.Read More
Transitioning from high school to college is no easy feat. Competing in varsity collegiate beach volleyball is a goal that many junior beach athletes work towards. Junior beach coaches have a large impact on whether that goal is attained or not. Here are 3 ways junior beach coaches can prepare their athletes for the transition to the collegiate level.Read More
Our club runs several seasonal leagues, youth development programs, camps/clinics and club teams so I observe and work with a variety of volleyball athletes. Over the past couple of years I have noticed a growing trend among our youth, which is a lack of ambition. Based on my experience, here are 3 ways to develop and increase ambition in your players.Read More
For younger athletes, partner selection is an easy process. Pick a player of similar skill level that you enjoy playing with and can compete together at a high level. But how do you create a high level partnership for high school, college and pro beach athletes?
The following is a brief overview of 4 factors that impact the process of forming not only a great beach partnership, but the best team.
Players and parents are starting to look for more than just games and victories. What a club provides, in terms of physical development, could be the determining factor in choosing one club over another. Here's a look at how a few JVA member clubs are emphasizing strength and conditioning for their volleyball athletes.
Lets kick off the shoes, and toss those stinky knee pads. Lets hang up the jerseys and grab a tank top. Oh, and on your way out the door, don't forget your favorite hat, sunglasses and flip flops as we head to the beach! Let's look at 3 reasons beach volleyball is growing in popularity, because let's face it, everyone wants to head to the beach.
The JVA is proud to announce the five beach clubs named 2018 JVA Sponsor Clubs. In it's third consecutive year of the JVA Sponsorship Program, these five beach clubs join the 59 indoor clubs to set a new record for JVA Sponsor Clubs. As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA is giving $200,000 back to the JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.
Each year the JVA sponsors educational sessions at the AVCA Annual Convention, and holds it's Annual Meeting, featuring a nationally known key note speaker. This year the JVA will host one hard court session, one beach court session, one beach classroom session and two hard court classroom sessions. The topics are geared toward club management, indoor coaching, and beach coaching. In addition, we will have an excellent session focused on recruiting. The presenters all share a wealth of knowledge, expertise and respect in the junior volleyball and collegiate volleyball realms.
If you’re tall then you are already painfully aware that the world wasn’t made for someone your size. Whether you’re shopping for a new car, taking a shower at a hotel or just looking in most any mirror, you get daily reminders that once you pass six feet tall, things get a little uncomfortable. After all, why else do you think #tallpeopleproblems is a thing?Read More
The rising stakes in collegiate volleyball also ratchets up competition among clubs.
Whereas one club may have distinguished itself in a region, more and more are cropping up — and players aren't shy about making the switch. Just as college coaches aggressively recruit elite players, many club coaches and administrators are also constantly working to upgrade their teams.
If we understand how we got to where we are today as a sport and business then we can make predictions about where we are going in the future. Since we are a young industry we can learn from how other businesses in other industries evolved to forecast the path we might take.
Jumping in the sand is difficult enough, adding a volleyball to attack over the net makes the feat a very challenging one for beginner beach players. Wisconsin Juniors shares a three part progression to train their Beach VolleyKids how to jump and attack the ball.Read More
The JVA is excited to announce the 2017 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes JVA beach players who are among the best in their age division this juniors beach season.Read More
The boom of beach volleyball is hardly set, with new clubs and tournaments constantly cropping up. But the sport's culture remains pure and party-centric. As NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and growing to 53 next season, beach volleyball is projected to top 100 collegiate programs by 2020. This huge influx of opportunities and scholarships for female student-athletes is having a big impact on the landscape of junior beach volleyball.
The beach beginner series is designed to teach basic movement and technique for excelling in beach volleyball. The beginner beach series is lead by Rob Long, Director of Ohio Valley Next Level Beach. Many coaches and directors interested in starting beach programs fear they lack the general understanding of the beach game and why certain skills are done differently than the indoor game. That general lack of understanding keeps many coaches and directors on the side lines. The JVA Beach Beginner Series is designed to help your club implement a beach program and for coaches to have the resources to teach the game to your players.Read More
As beach volleyball grows in popularity, clubs with indoor instruction are expanding programming to meet the interests of their athletes. In turn, clubs are finding competing on sand has given their players improved mental stamina, physical endurance and a deeper love for the game when they return to the hard courts in the fall.
The JVA is excited to announce that nominations for the JVA Beach Watch List will open on April 17th. The JVA Beach Watch List recognizes JVA beach players who are expected to be among the best in their age division this juniors beach season. New this year are additional perks from NVL Rize and SandRecruits for players selected to the JVA Beach Watch List.Read More
As a coach and father of a dedicated and aspiring 15 year old beach volleyball player it can become confusing and overwhelming when deciding which tournaments to compete in. Below are a few variables to consider in order to have a better perspective on choosing beach tournaments that are best for your players.Read More
Empowered Volleyball Academy grew from a man's passion to grow and increase the level of the game throughout the Midwest. Upon arriving home from an overseas professional indoor season, Founder William Robbins and his wife Ashlee Robbins, revolutionized the local market by implementing the areas' first ever volleyball specific sports performance program, and a hybrid program of beach, indoor training and character building. We are proud to honor Empowered Volleyball Academy as this month's JVA Club of the Month.Read More
Indoor clubs are finding success growing participation and members from the grassroots level. However, beach clubs often have new players who have played years of indoor volleyball, but are new to the beach game. 692 Beach, a JVA member club in Dallas, and year-round beach club uses the first 8 practices of the season to break down each aspect of the game. This program has helped 692 ensure that each player develops the fundamental and philosophical training needed to excel in beach volleyball, and also learn 692's system.
Growing up in the Midwest, one quickly learns there is no predicting the weather. Therefore, planning an outdoor business in the Midwest, or any other "seasonally-challenged" climate, is very risky and has caused several of us to adapt and move our sports programs indoor. Due to beach volleyball gaining more popularity, here's the million-dollar question several have asked themselves across the Midwest and the colder parts of the world, "Is an indoor beach volleyball facility the right move, or next necessary step, for me and my beach program?" Before ever getting to the design phase, business plan development stage, or considering a plan for site acquisition, one must first ask themselves 3 very simple, yet extremely important questions.
Coaching volleyball at the collegiate level can be a very stressful occupation. My mind constantly jumps from training ideas to recruiting to our strength and condition program, etc. It got to the point where my mind wouldn’t shut off at night, which resulted in a lack of sleep. I began practicing mindfulness through guided meditation and my mind was able to turn off when it was time to sleep, putting me in a better frame of mind to coach our athletes. If mindfulness helped my mentality as a coach, I was eager to explore the impact it could have on our student athletes who also juggle a lot of responsibilities.
When mid-November hits, junior volleyball club directors and coaches have passed the tryout season and are now amped up for the upcoming indoor and beach season with their designated teams. Line-ups, partner pairings, drills, club management, and practice planning are on the forefront of everyone's minds. As for the JVA, we are receiving numerous calls and emails from club directors planning their tournament schedule, prepping for the first week of practice, marketing their tournaments, and tackling parent communication. The AVCA Annual Convention arrives at just the right time for volleyball coaches and professionals to meet in one place for a week of education, networking, and charging our batteries for the season. Here are 14 reasons why the JVA is excited for this year's Convention in Columbus, Ohio.Read More
As the historical season for the JVA concludes, we are excited to honor 114 female junior beach volleyball players from across the country on the 2016 JVA Beach Watch List. This award recognizes the top female junior beach volleyball players from JVA member clubs in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 graduating class who competed in the 16U and 18U divisions.
Most indoor junior volleyball clubs are running camps in July or taking a little time off after the long season. However, beach clubs are still training and competing. WAVE Beach Volleyball Executive Director and Matt Olson shares what his staff and players are up to this month.
Anna Collier was a sophomore on the University of Southern California track team when she watched her first women’s beach volleyball tournament. It was 1975 and she and her roommate made their way to a beach just southwest of Los Angeles to see the event live. It was a day that altered the course of her life.Read More
The Beach Volleyball Clubs of America has partnered with the JVA to bring back the BVCA National Championships to Hermosa Beach, CA. Rox Volleyball, the presenting sponsor, is bringing in Pro Beach Athlete Brooke Sweat who has been chosen to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio; and the famous Pro Beach Team of Trevor and Taylor Crabb, best known as the Crabb brothers.Read More
Beach volleyball is one of the largest growing sports in the world, and this holds true for any level, because it's fun. Adults have been competing in co-ed after work beach volleyball leagues for many years. As more volleyball clubs are owning and leasing facilities, Club Directors are realizing the demand for indoor and outdoor sand courts. During off-peak times when your teams are not practicing on the sand courts or your club is not hosting a beach tournament, running a beach league is the perfect way to increase the bottom line, while bringing new customers to your facility. Here are some ways to get started.Read More
As the summer beach volleyball season ramps up, and so does the heat, hydration isn't always the first thing on our minds. Hydration is a vital part of staying in competitive shape as an athlete. I've seen too many players get injured because they lost focus as a result of dehydration. Maintaining appropriate levels of hydration, although we know it is important, isn't always a priority. Just like executing a play in volleyball, you have to start with a plan in order to stay properly hydrated. Here's a look at what your hydration routine should look like before, during, and after you play.
The transition from indoor to beach volleyball is one that can be both exciting and challenging. Living in the Midwest offers its own set of hurdles as players do not have the same opportunities as those living on the coasts to get touches in the sand. There are 3 main focuses that help our players at Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club transition from playing indoor to playing beach volleyball.Read More
Valley Sand Volleyball Academy is in it's third season as a beach only club. The academy is the brain child of local passionate sand/beach volleyball players wanting to bring the sport into a saturated indoor volleyball market where many of them coach. A small group of coaches and college athletes gathered at a coffee shop upon the upcoming opening of a three court complex on campus at CSU-Bakersfield in February 2014. Since then the club has seen consistent growth each season and attributes much of that growth to its "walk-up" option.
The JVA is pleased to partner once again with the Beach Volleyball Club of America to bring back the 4th Annual BVCA National Club Championship in Hermosa Beach, California. The event will be held July 11-15 and is expected to bring in 50 beach clubs and over 350 teams in age divisions Girls 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U.Read More
Upon entering any competition most athletes are proficient in preparing their bodies; Right nutrition, warming up the body/muscles, pre-game skills, etc.; however the pre-game mental warm up and preparation is often lacking or not nearly paid attention to enough.
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What's keeping a junior volleyball club director busy in the month of October? Hear from 3 JVA Club Directors who all have plenty on their plate this time of year.
Speed is of major importance to beach volleyball, and can determine whether or not you are a great defender. Chasing down a line shot or cut shot requires a quick and explovesive first step followed by either a crossover step or another fast running step. VBN shares a couple ways you can train this first step on your own.Read More
JVA partnered up with the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America to host the BVCA National Championships in Hermosa Beach, CARead More
By Lina Taylor, 2x Olympian in Beach Volleyball
With transfer rates reaching epidemic proportions among student athletes in collegiate sports, a natural question arises: are coaches and athletes doing enough on the front end to ensure a good fit? To answer
By Molly Menard - Pro Beach Volleyball Player and CFO of the National Volleyball League
You want to be 100% focused on the court and I promise you'll be thinking about your aching skin and not the next point if you're
Few things scream "summer" more than the start of the beach volleyball season. It is a time for soaking up some rays with the scent of salt water in the air and sand between your toes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans take about twoRead More
You wouldn't think that beach volleyball and Minnesota would go hand in hand. Minnesota is known for snow, the cold, its numerous lakes, and possibly Paul Bunyan. But soon a new beach volleyball club for boys and girls will hit the market in the Twin Cities.Read More
By Amanda Youell - NVL Pro & NVL Club Med Academy Coach
Junior players are fortunate to have the opportunity today to play both indoor and outdoor volleyball. Competitive sand volleyball wasn't an option when I was growing up so I transitioned into it
By Jeanette Simenson, Former AVP Pro and Beach Club Coach
Well it's that time of year again, fall festivals, pumpkins, and the changing of the leaves. It's a bittersweet time for beach volleyball coaches and players. We may still get a few days in the sand
By Jeanette Simenson, Former AVP Pro and Beach Club Coach Starting a beach club seemed like an easy idea after playing on the AVP tour, living in Southern California for many years, and being coached by some of the best coaches. I wanted to share my loveRead More
By Laura Ratto, CEO, The Volleyball Network The Drill for this month is a fun drill that is near and dear to my heart - it's name is VOLLIS! There are several variations of this drill and it can be played with anywhere from 2-8 players/court. 2-PlayerRead More
As the sand game continues to grow, many junior players are transitioning from the indoor game to sand, and there is a big difference in how the two sports are played, as well as coached. Below are 8 tips for coaches who are working with indoor players andRead More
By Shaun Catlin - Director 692 South, JVA Beach Committee Member In the previous articles we reviewed hitting, setting, passing but in this edition we are covering blocking in beach volleyball. But we shouldn't cover blocking without out the defensiveRead More
Team Sting in Birmingham, Alabama decided to do something about the empty pool that had been sitting in their facility (formerly a YMCA) for over a year. The club joined together with help from parents and players toThe pool is 9 feet deep and was veryRead More
By Shaun Catlin, Club Director, Triple Crown Volleyball Let me give a brief back story to bring relevance to my approach to coaching and teaching sand volleyball. While growing up in the late 80's and early 90's, beach volleyball was a normal way of life forRead More
This past weekend Jenny Hahn, JVA Executive Director, and I traveled down to beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama for the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships. Neither of us had ever been to Gulf Shores and it was our first trip to the national championships. ItRead More