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UPDATED March 2019

Summer BEACH Volleyball

We are here to build the BEACH volleyball players of today and tomorrow.

 Beach Volleyball has long been a hot sport, but it is now expanding to High Schools and Colleges near you! We are entering our 6th year of beach volleyball!  Learn the fundamentals with us and use this program to see if beach volleyball is a sport your child would like or excel in!

We are dedicated to providing a quality experience which prepares your son or daughter for higher level play, and gives your child an opportunity to play travel ball and school ball. Come out and see the difference in how we teach the fundamentals and run skills clinics. We have a lot to offer!

Questions about the program

Beach Volleyball is played 4 on 4 on an outdoor sand court. There will be 5 to 7 players per team. We follow the majority of beach volleyball rules, but some have been modified to accommodate the level of our players.  The age range for players is 9 to 18 years old and we welcome beginners, intermediate or advanced players.

The season is instructional between clinics, team practices and a full season of games.  Teams will practice about 2 times a week before games start. Once games start each team will practice about once a week. 
We are looking for a few additional coaches this season, as we expect our numbers to grow from last season. Please contact Lacie Ackles if interested.
All practices and games are played at the Optimist Club Farm located at 2908 Optimist Farm Road, Apex, NC  27539.


Teams and Divisions

Instead of creating teams by age, we rank all the players by ability and broke them apart evenly into teams. The more advanced players are selected for an advanced division, while remaining players will be in an intermediate division.  Players must be placed in the advanced division - they can not simply sign up to be in it.  This will make for exciting and easy flowing games and teams that have worked very well.


We will have an All Star team formed from the Main division and the Advanced Division. 8 players from each will be selected by coach and commissioner votes.

Having 2 divisions gave players an opportunity to work with other players that were their same skill level. The 2 divisions are:     

  • Main Division - Beginner and Intermediate players.
  •  Advanced Division - High level and experienced players.


Advantages of having two divisions based on skill level:
- Accommodate the players that have leveled up and needed to learn more advanced skills. 
- Equally important is that the Beginners and Intermediate players get the attention they need at a level that doesn't move faster than they can learn these new skills.
Having these 2 divisions will help us better serve our players without having to organize clinics in order to get like skilled players together. The first two years of the program did not have such a large gap between advanced and beginner players, but through the dedication of the coaches and hard work of the players, there is now a distinct difference that cannot be ignored.



2019 Beach Volleyball Timeline

  • June 2nd --Preseason Clinic - This is a $10 preparation clinic to help you get ready for evaluations and the season.
  • June 3rd - 6th - Assessments/Evaluations - must be registered and paid in full to participate
    • June 3rd and 4th are Skills evaluations -- All players must attend one night or the other
    • June 5th and 6th are Game play evaluations -- All players must attend one night or the other
  • Team practices will start after teams are formed on June 7th ( Practice Schedule will come out after evaluations and team formation)
    • Practices are 1.5 to 2 hours on weeknights.  The courts are available to us Monday through Thursday so practices will be held on those nights
    • Each team will practice 2 times a week until games start.  The 1.5 hour practices will have a full court.  The 2 hour practices share the court for 1 hour of the practice time.
    • Practice times are either 5:30, 6:30 or 7:00 PM
  • Games will start after the week of July 4th and run to August 22nd (Game schedule will come out in early July)
    • No games or practices will be held the week of July 4th
    • Rain make up will be during the last week of the season
    • When games start each team will have 1 practice and 1 or 2 games each week
  • The end of Season tournament will be the last weekend in August, the 23rd to 25th
  • End of season Banquets after end of season tournament

 

End of season tournament and banquet

There will be an End Of The Season Tournament all weekend near the end of August. Mark your calendars now! It will be a double elimination tournament, with a few individual skill competitions between games, All Star Game and a Coaches vs. All Star Team Exhibition Game to finish the weekend. Just after the tournament between Aug 26-28th, there will be an end of season banquet - which night your team has their end of season awards will be determined near the end of the season. All players will be recognized for their efforts over the season and during the tournament. 540 Express SPORTS BOOKS will be given out to new 540 Express SPORTS MEMBERS and all players will receive their personal certificates of achievement for the season. A Most Improved Player Award and Coaches Award Certificates will be given out to 2 members from each Team, as well as All Star Certificates to the players that made the All Star Team. As always we will have the player signing pages for the players to give and receive notes and well-wishes to each other. It will be the perfect end to an amazing season!

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Volleyball Contacts

Volleyball Commissioner
Lacie Ackles
984-225-0519
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