A new organization has been formed for beach volleyball players, Volley America. The organization, a compilation of efforts by East End Volleyball and Great American Volleyball, is designed to fill a void in the beach volleyball community. The goal of Volley America is to build an organization that is run by players for players and funnels its resources into benefits for members. There will be a $15 annual membership fee for players.
Volley America will benefits for players including:
$25,000 Volley America Grand Prix
Regional and National Championships for doubles, quads and 6-player teams
Ability to win trips (airfare and hotel) to the national championships
Discounts for purchasing sponsor products
Insurance coverage for promoters allowing more beach volleyball events
Currently there are 10 member organizations which will result in a minimum of 8,000 members based on their 2010 memberships. Charter member organizations include:
Additional groups will be added as the summer approaches.
Volley America will be sponsored by Spalding King of the beach All Weather Volleyballs, 4C Totally Light 2Go Powdered Drink Stix, Boardee Portable Scoreboards, & Park and Sun Net Systems. Additional sponsors are also being added.
Volley America is instituting a National Ranking System that will be used to seed tournaments. The system will be based on the number of teams in a division and 4 levels of play: Open for professional level players, AA for very skilled, A for intermediate and B for novice level players. There will be divisions for male, female and coed doubles plus Junior divisions 18 and under, 16 and under, 14 and under and 12 and under boys and girls.
One place where Volley America will be stronger than any previous national beach organization is in the recreational league area. With strong support from league programs at East End Volleyball (2500 players), Bradford Beach (1500 players) and Newport Volleyball Club (500 players), there is already a strong base for a national championship which will be held at Cedar Beach on Long Island, NY on September 17. Over 40 nets for 700 players will make the Volley America League Nationals an event not to be missed. There will be bands, food and drink at the host Bach Hut plus costume contest with $1,000 given away to the best costumes.
Additional Doubles Championships will be held on the Jersey Shore in August, California in September and in October in Florida
For further information and applications contact East End Volleyball at 631-728-0397 or www.eevb.net