B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 6, 2007) – Junior beach volleyball players, get ready: USA Volleyball, in conjunction with the Elevation Group, wants you to get out of the gym and onto the beach. USA Volleyball is pleased to announce the 10 tournaments, two high performance camps and one International Selection Camp on the 2007 USA Beach Junior Tour.
The Tour runs almost every weekend from May 26 to Aug. 12 and includes boys and girls divisions (no co-ed teams) in age groups from 8-20 (see chart below for age divisions). The focus is on competition, but also on expanding participation on the beach and identifying players for USA Volleyball’s high performance beach pipeline.
“We plan to build on the great success of the inaugural 2006 USA Beach Junior Tour as beach volleyball’s popularity continues to grow, “ said USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal. “The juniors who participate in the series this year could very well be our future Olympians.”
The cost for each tournament is $25 per player for those who register online by the Thursday before the event. The price goes up to $35 per player for those who register the morning of the tournament or anytime after online deadline. For those who are not USA Volleyball members, there is a one-time fee of $15 that is good for the entire series.
The two High Performance Camps – one on the East Coast and one on the West – will give players a chance to hone their skills on the sand with help from some of USA Volleyball’s best beach coaches. The cost of either camp is $250 per player.
The 2007 Beach Junior Open will be part of the tour and held on Aug. 5 in Long Beach, Calif. The 2007 Tour Championships will take place the following weekend on Aug. 12 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Junior beach volleyball players interested in improving their skills and perhaps moving on to the next level now have a way to get there: the USA Volleyball International Selection Camp.
The Selection Camp, on May 10-13 in El Segundo, Calif., will open the USA Beach Junior Tour and will be used to identify teams for the FIVB Youth (under-19) beach world championships on July 11-15 in Myslowice, Poland and the FIVB junior (under-21) beach world championships on Sept. 5-9 in Modena, Italy.
The camp will include two days of training, one day of competition and one day of skills testing, all under head coach Dane Selznick.
“We want to start a true pipeline for beach volleyball that brings players from the USA Beach Junior Tour to the FIVB Under-19 and Under-21 World Championships and then eventually to the SWATCH FIVB and AVP Crocs tours,” said Ali Wood, USA Volleyball’s director of beach programs.
The suggested ages for the camp are between 16-21 years old, although younger campers may be accepted with special approval from the head coach or director.
Registration information for the International Selection Camp is now available on the USAV web site at http://www.usavolleyball.org/Juniors/07BeachTour/07IntSelCamp.asp.
Registration information for the High Performance Camps and the rest of the tour is available at http://www.usavolleyball.org/Juniors/07BeachTour.
10 and Under - Year Born: Jan. 1, 1997 – Dec. 31, 1998
12 and Under - Year Born: Jan. 1, 1995 – Dec. 31, 1996
14 and Under - Year Born: Jan. 1, 1993 – Dec. 31, 1994 (Junior Olympic)
16 and Under - Year Born: Jan. 1, 1991 – Dec. 31, 1992 (Junior Olympic)
18 and Under - Year Born: Jan. 1, 1989 – Dec. 31, 1990 (Junior Olympic/ FIVB Youth U19)
20 and Under - Year Born: Jan. 1, 1987 – Dec. 31, 1988 (FIVB Junior U21)
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Photography: Getty Images