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»New: Looking for MORE tournaments in Triangle area? - Wake County Volleyball Club has introduced Juniors division(s) at its monthly grass tournaments this year (June 22, Aug 24, Sept 21). These events are not on the Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour but they are USAV sanctioned and we encourage players to participate when scheduling permits.
»New: Looking for private/group beach volleyball focused training? - Check out our NC beach-focused instructors list.
»New: Emerald Isle will be the host site again for the 2013 Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour Championships on July 20 - Save the weekend for a beach trip! More info at the Championships event page.
»New: 3rd Annual Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour / Carolina Open coming in 2013 - check out the Carolina Open page for more info.
»Carolina Region Teams excel at USA Beach Jr Tour Championships in July 2012 - Milwaukee, led by a 2nd place finish in U14 Girls by Kylie Grandy/Genna Simpkins and a 3rd place finish by Kyle Warfel and Benjamin Hutsell in U18 Boys. Check out the press release for more info and results
»2012 Carolina Open Press Release - a recap by USA Volleyball of NC's stop on the USA Beach Junior Tour.
»An introduction to Beach Volleyball - a PowerPoint presentation for those completely new to the sport.
Visit Raleigh - Visiting the area for a tournament? Check this link out for info about the area.
Starting in 1994 with a single event in California featuring 16 teams, junior beach volleyball has grown to become a national sport with tournaments attracting hundreds of teams. With the allure of playing volleyball in a fun-and-sun outdoor environment, the question 'How can an indoor player benefit from beach volleyball?' is often asked. Often times the best indoor players come from beach volleyball backgrounds, including Karch Kiraly and Misty May. Proven benefits of playing beach volleyball include:
- »Quick all-around skill development
- »Improved movement, jumping, and conditioning from running in the sand
- »Improved reaction time from covering more court
Additionally, college coaches increasingly look to beach volleyball as an important way to train players with the sport becoming an NCAA women's varsity level sport beginning in 2011. John Cook, head coach of the University of Nebraska, states that "We feel there are many advantages to training in the sand and we have gone as far as building an indoor sand court at Nebraska. Not only can they play on the sand, but we can train them there as well."
With that said, 2006 marked the first year of a new program by vh1vball where we introduced the sport of beach volleyball to juniors around North Carolina. One (1) clinic and three (3) tournaments were offered that year. In 2007 the very first junior beach volleyball club in North Carolina was started for Triangle area juniors. Interested juniors got the opportunity from late March-early July to participate in weekly practice/pick-up play sessions. Additionally, participation levels have increased across the board with over 200 teams taking part in the four (4) tournaments we offered this past year (2011) plus the addition of the inaugural Carolina Open, a national USA Beach Junior Tour event. 2011 marked the first year that Carolina Region/USAV started its own Junior Outdoor Volleyball tour with events sprinkled across the state. We are a strong supporter of the efforts to expand the opportunities for these events across the state by promoting and including some of our events as part of the region's tour. It's time to give beach volleyball a try!
Please note that juniors are not limited to playing in the juniors-only events. Juniors are welcome and even encouraged to play in any of the grass and/or sand tournaments hosted by vh1vball for adults.