Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Future of Jr. Beach Volleyball – bright… very bright!

This is the final installment of a three-part series by guest blogger, Mark Nalevanko, Director of the Carolina Region/USA Beach Volleyball. 

In my series, I ‘ve talked about where beach volleyball in NC began and its current state.  Now, I would like everyone to open their minds and consider the possibilities that lie ahead. Let’s start by looking ahead just one year…. 2014. What can one expect?

High School TrophyAt the collegiate level, sand volleyball will be contested by nearly 40 schools. With that achievement, one can expect by 2016, after two successive years where at least 40 schools participate, the sport will officially be recognized as an NCAA championship sport just like football, basketball, etc.. By that time,  many more schools will feel comfortable about jumping on board. I would not be surprised to see many, if not most, of the ACC schools participating.

What about at the junior level? Participation will continue to skyrocket in large part spurred by the new scholarship opportunities in college, not to mention that more facilities are being built every year to support!  USA Volleyball will continue to develop its national junior beach tour and High Performance program with more events across the country. Carolina Region/USA Volleyball will continue to hold a tour of events across the state.

While plans for 2014 are still in the works for the region tour, it’s a good possibility we’ll see the establishment of a handful of majors as part of the tour, along with several sub-series that are geographically focused. Beach-focused clubs and indoor clubs with beach components will continue to pop up in NC, such as the newly formed Southern Sand Volleyball which will be based at a projected 10 sand court facility in Apex, just outside of Raleigh. The North Carolina High School Sand Volleyball Association is projecting 20-30 schools involved with club sport activities at their schools.

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Let’s now look out 5 years… we will likely see over a 100+ colleges with established sand volleyball programs. Many players will decide by the time they are entering high school that they want to play sand, following a development course focused on that game instead of indoor volleyball. The high school sand league in NC may also be approaching 100 participating schools, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association will consider sanctioning the sport, as happened recently with Lacrosse.

What about 10 years out? A network of sand volleyball facilities on high school and college campuses? A much more diverse geographical representation of sand players?  “May Madness” for sand volleyball playoffs?  With as bright a future as beach volleyball has, anything is possible!


Club Tryout Roundup

As the high school and some middle school seasons come to a close, volleyball players are starting to think about club ball, or Junior Olympic volleyball, which occurs over the winter months.  For anyone wanting to further their skills as a player, playing club ball during the off-season of school ball is a must….not to mention, it can be loads of fun.

In the Winston area, we are fortunate to have many clubs to choose from.  Choosing the right club for the player is not always easy – we wrote an article last season about this, that may be helpful.

Most clubs field teams ranging from 12U to 18U, .  typically players in 5/6th through 12th grades.  Some clubs do not field teams at every age level, while. some field multiple teams at an age level.  Certain clubs have regional and travel teams.  Checking the Carolina Region website may be helpful for more details and explanations.

So here’s an overview of what’s available in our area:

Champion Volleyball Club

  • ChampionPlanning to field teams at all age levels, with multiple teams at some
  • Plays Carolina Region regional tournaments with one travel tournament
  • Tryouts for 12U-15U begin week of October 20; 16U+ week of November 4th.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem, Rural Hall, Walnut Cove

Setpoint Volleyball Club

  • SetpointPlanning to field teams at all age levels, with multiple teams at some
  • Regional teams play Carolina Region regional tournaments; travel teams play some Carolina Region regional tournament with 3-4 travel tournaments
  • Tryouts for 12U-15U begin week of October 20; 16U+ week of November 3rd.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem, Clemmons

Davie DazzleVolleyball Club

  • dazzle logoPlanning to field teams at 12U-15/16U
  • Plays Carolina Region regional tournaments with one travel tournament
  • Tryouts for 12U-14U begin week of October 20.  Combined 15/16U tryout dates TBD. Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Davie County

Yadkin Valley Volleyball Club

  • Volleyball_Girls_Logo_messagePlanning to field teams at 13U-18U
  • Plays Carolina Region regional tournaments
  • Tryouts for 13U-14U begin October 27.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Yadkinville

Salem Spirits

  • salem spirits logoPlanning to field teams at 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U
  • Development teams play local tournaments plus scrimmages; Regional Travel teams play local tournaments with two travel tournaments (16U and 18U only)
  • Tryouts have already begun.  Next tryout for all ages is October 15.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem

Wake Forest Deacon Volley Academy (DVA)

  • wf volleyballMore focused on development than tournament play
  • Planning to field teams at U11-U14 ages
  • Development teams play three tournaments
  • Tryouts are on October 21.  Check WAVE calendar page for more information.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem

Beyond the Winston “area”, there are clubs that offer various levels of competitive play.  Check out their websites for details on tryouts: