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Friday, October 20, 2017
Friday Night Tournaments - Summer Season

These events will begin in late April and run every Friday Night at the Sports Garden. These tournaments are a very laid back atmosphere, we bring out a DJ every week and it creates a very fun atmosphere for these events. The check-in is at 5:30pm and the entry fee is $60/team. These events will be pool play format with a playoff bracket and prizes given to the 1st and 2nd place winners of each division.

The tournaments are run at the Sports Garden. The address is

1850 E. Beltline Rd. Coppell, TX 75019

These Tournaments are open to any player in the region, no club affiliation is necessary and no membership is required

Each event will have the following divisions available:

12U, 14U, 16U, 18U *

* We expanded the 18U division to allow college age players to play and to provide more competition for our 18U teams, so some of the teams you play against in the 18U division may be college age.

Registration for each event begins on Monday morning the week of the event. Register right below this box.

REGULAR SEASON FRIDAY NIGHT TOURNAMENTS START ON MAY 12. WE WILL BE HOSTING THESE TOURNAMENTS AT SPORTS GARDEN UNTIL WE MOVE TO THE STRAND.

FRIDAY NIGHT TOURNAMENTS
Tournament Name
BVCA SHOWCASE

JUNE 10

DATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 10

AGE DIVISIONS: 2017-2018 GRADUATION YEAR / 2019-2020 GRADUATION YEAR

ENTRY FEE: $200

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: POOL PLAY AND DOUBLE -ELIMINATION BRACKET PLAY

SCHEDULE: TOURNAMENT CHECK-IN AT 9:30

LOCATION: The STRAND, 150 CONTINENTAL DR.  LEWISVILLE  75067

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ANY AND ALL ENTRANTS, LIMITED ONLY BY NUMBER

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

ROX Beach Series Tournaments - Spring and Summer Season

We have hosted a series of weekend beach tournaments at Yucatan for 10 years, but this is our third year to join forces with the ROX on their national tour! These events are run using a pool play format with a double-crossover playoff bracket. Each event will qualify the 1st and 2nd place winners of each age division for the ROX Beach Series National Championship in Atlantas in July.

These tournaments are open to any player in the region. No club affiliation is necessary and there are no required memberships for the ROX Series Tournaments

Each event will have the following divisions available:

12U, 14U, 16U, 18U

9:00 check-in for 12U/16U

2:00 check-in for 14U/18U

APRIL 29    MAY 20

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

TOURNAMENT ADVICE FROM SOME VETERAN PARENTS

Some advice from Ashley Hansen:

What to Bring to Travel Tournaments

Check with the venue to ensure you can bring in food/drinks.  If it’s at an enclosed facility (like the Sports Garden or Sandbar), there will likely be restrictions.  They may also already have chairs (check with other parents who have played at that venue). 

Travel chair – Several families have purchased a version of the Helinox chair.  These are portable, light and fold up small enough to bring on the plane or pack in your suitcase.  There are several versions to choose from and you can order on Amazon or find at several sporting goods stores.  Although the chairs are not cheap, they are worth it considering you would normally be going to WalMart to buy a $15 camp chair to use for the weekend and then throw away.  After many travel tournaments, this adds up. 

Portable cooler – An IceMule is a portable cooler that rolls up very small and can go into your suitcase.  It’s like a yeti softside cooler, just add your drinks or snacks and ice and you are good to go.  You can get this at Amazon or other places like Cabelas.  The small 10L size will hold plenty.  It’s more expensive than then a foam cooler, but you won’t have to purchase it over and over.   Work well for a hotel room too if you don’t have a refrigerator.

Snack bag – I usually bring one of the “refrigerator” grocery cooler bags to tournaments for other food/snacks that I want to keep cool.  These fold up in your suitcase flat as well.  Bring or buy a box of quart sized baggies and fill with ice to make icepacks.  Then you can later these in the cooler bag (if you don’t use baggies, the cooler bags will leak). 

Beach umbrella/tent – there are a couple different options that work for parents.  One is to just buy an umbrella at a Walmart or a grocery store when you arrive.  Use it, then give it away when you leave.  Usually you can split this with your daughter’s partner.  Another option is to invest in a nice umbrella and check it at the airport (good if you can check a bag for free), or ship it ahead of time to your hotel (UPS, FedEx, etc.).  You won’t need an umbrella at every tournament, but during the summer you will want it.  A tent is nice if you are driving, or again, you can check it at the airport.  A compact umbrella can work in a pinch if you are only needing to shade one person!

Some suggested items

·       Portable chair

·       Umbrella/tent (you can buy a cheap one wherever you are traveling). 

·       Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses

·       Portable cooler for waters, sports drinks, etc.  (throw in a couple of cheap wash cloths or hand towels to cool down the girls on especially hot days)

·       Cooler bag for snacks

·       Baggies to use for homemade ice packs

·       Tripod and device for videoing (bring an extra charger for the long tournament days)

·       Band-Aids, pain relievers (Advil, Tylenol, etc.), hair bands, sharpies (girls sometimes need to write their number/name on their arm or leg)

·       Blankets if you are playing in a cold weather (hand warmers have come in handy for particularly cold winter tournaments)

·       Towels or beach blanket to sit on (girls may use these)

·       Medical waivers or any other forms required by the tournament

·       Your 692 GEAR! 

Tournaments

What tournaments to play in?  Here’s what I do. 

I have a spreadsheet including dates, locations, sponsoring clubs, cost, etc.  I start with the scheduled 692 tournaments from the 692 tournament page, and add in any other events in Texas that I can find (many options in Austin, San Antonio, Galveston, DFW, etc.).  There is not one stop for all the tournament listings, but you can check the various clubs that host the events:  692, Austin Jr. Sand, Project Serve (Austin), Texas Volleyball Tour (Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio), AVP Next (nationwide), USAV (nationwide), AAU (nationwide), NVL (nationwide), Rox (nationwide), As you hear of an event, add it to your list. The events on the 692 schedule are the events that the coaches travel to, so we prioritize these events, but any weekend that you have free you should try to add as many tournaments as you can.

Look at your family calendar, and decide which events you want to do.  Find a partner.  Once you find a partner, decide who’s registering for it and get registered as soon as possible to take advantage of the early discounts (when available).   Update the spreadsheet to show who you are playing with, who paid, etc. 

I also have a binder for the season where I put the info for each tournament we sign up for, along with travel info, partner info, etc.  This makes it easy to just grab the paperwork and go if I need to take it with me.  Anything related to the season I keep in this binder (calendar, bid certificates, travel info, etc.).

I also have a spreadsheet for all the partner info.  For almost all events, one partner does the registering for the team.  Therefore, you may need things like AAU#, USAV#, Sand Recruits#, AVP#, NVL#, parent info, shirt size, birthdate, partner height, graduating year, etc. to register for a tournament.  I just keep a running list and have it there when I need to sign them up.

If you are the one registering, just keep a list (another spreadsheet) of what tournament you registered for, the total fee and how much is owed.  Then you can settle up at each tournament, or after several events.  This is helpful if you are traveling together and splitting the cost of a rental, or splitting grocery items, etc.  Just add it to the spreadsheet and net out the differences and periodically settle up.   Whatever works for you and your partner. 

Flights/hotels/etc.

Flights

Get your flights as early as you can to save $$$ (make sure you sign up for the frequent flier number, you’ll get good use out of it!).  Keep in mind if you are checking bags or not (and any fees associated with that).  (For trips where the girls travel with Scott, NO CHECKED BAGS).  

Hotels and other rentals

For hotels, it’s nice to get as close to the venue as possible.  This may eliminate the need for a car and expensive parking at the hotel (Uber/Lyft can be a good options).  It’s good to find a hotel that has refrigerators in the room.  Then you can run get snacks for the tournament and not worry about keeping everything on ice all weekend. 

Another alternative is to rent a house, especially for your longer trips.  This used to be very easy in CA, but local laws are making it harder to get short term rentals.   You can check sites like Airbnb or VRBO and may find great options, depending on where you are looking.  Obviously the benefit to a house is the space you get, use of a full kitchen (so you can eat there, as opposed to out for every meal), parking, washer/dryer options, etc.  You can minimize costs too by sharing a rental with another family traveling out there. 

For tournaments that end on Sunday, considering having one person keeping their room for an extra night.  This allows the players to get a shower before getting on the plane, and lets you keep your luggage at the hotel rather than having to try to pack up in the morning before an early start time.  When we do this, we will just split that extra night with the other family and it makes it affordable. 

Rental car?

In some cities (all of CA, for instance), parking is very difficult!  So if you can walk to the courts, it may not be worth the extra money, you might consider an uber from the airport.   You can always split a car too if you coordinate flights with your partner or other players. 

Memberships

Certain tournaments will require memberships (AAU, USAV, Volley America, NVL, etc.).  The list of volleyball memberships seems endless.   And another issue is the renewal period.  Some go calendar year, some are fall to summer, others are based on when you first applied.  You’ll find out when you register if there’s a specific membership you need.

One other important membership if you want to be recruited, is Sand Recruits.  This is run by Jeff Smith (owner of 692 West) and used at many of the CA tournaments.  Once you sign up for it online, you will get a Sand Recruits number that you’ll be asked to write on your leg or arm at events where coaches are in attendance.  This allows them to easily identify girls they are watching. (The coaches have free access to this site and can access it for recruiting even if they aren’t at your tournament).  On this site you can post links to video, provide any stats you want, info about high school or club ball, etc.  It is an annual membership, but, if you are required to use a Sand Recruits number at a tournament, there is usually a discount code to sign up for a free year, or a heavily discounted amount.  Even for renewals there are usually codes to get discounted renewals.  www.sandrecruits.com 

Recruiting Video

You take all of this video of your player, now what do you do with it?  Scott can provide guidance of what needs to be in the videos.  In the past, he’s also recommended using Jeni Clark, who is a LSU player who was with 692 West in San Diego before heading to college.  Contact Jeni and you can email her or dropbox her all your video, and she will compile it into a highlight video for you at a very reasonable fee.  There’s a link on the 692 home page (look down the right hand side of the page).

Jeni knows what needs to be on the video, and can be particularly helpful if you’ve never done one.  Once she puts it together, send it to Scott and he will tell you what needs tweaked.  She’ll make changes, and then publish it to YouTube for you.  (Another tip…set up a new YouTube account for just your players’ recruiting videos.  No need to include other videos they may have done in the past!).   Then you can send the link to college coaches.

You can also put together your own video.  We typically edit right on the ipad, and transfer clips from several tournaments to the Macbook and use the iMovie program to add music.  Then just publish to YouTube (the kids generally know how to do all of this!) and you can send out the link to any coaches you want. 

Some advice from Miriam Leitko:

We made a box that held 2 sunbrellas, a golf size umbrella (for rain or to use for the girls to keep score), added a foldable cooler, packing tape, etc . Once we knew the sequence of cities that we were traveling out of state, we had UPS make shipping labels so that the box would travel to and from the hotels we were traveling to. The hotels would hold the box for us until arrival date. Then we added a new shipping label and requested UPS to pick it up at the hotel and ship it to the next tournament’s location.

We order groceries (fruit, case of water, gatorade, sandwich items, snacks, etc) ahead of time, and have it delivered at the hotel shortly after the time of arrival. (Depending on the city, you are traveling, you can use VONS in southern California, PEAPOD in Milwaukee, etc.

2017/2018 SCHEDULE

DATE

TOURNAMENT

SITE

FALL 2017

 

 

SEPTEMBER 9

FALL SERIES TOURNAMENT #1

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

OCTOBER 1

FALL SERIES TOURNAMENT #2

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

OCTOBER 7-8

FALL BEACH CLASSIC, HOSTED BY SIRENIA

ANNA MARIA, FL

OCTOBER 15

FALL SERIES TOURNAMENT #3

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

OCTOBER 22

RELENTLESS SHOWCASE, HOSTED BY TAMARACK

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

OCTOBER 29

FALL SERIES TOURNAMENT #4

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

 

 

 

WINTER 2018

 

 

NOVEMBER 11

WINTER SERIES TOURNAMENT #1

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

NOVEMBER 12

WINTER PROGRAM REGISTRATION

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

NOVEMBER 18

WINTER SERIES TOURNAMENT #2

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

DECEMBER 2

WINTER SERIES TOURNAMENT #3

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

JANUARY 20

WINTER SERIES TOURNAMENT #4

SPORTS GARDEN, COPPELL, TX

FEBRUARY 10

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

 

 

 

SPRING 2018

 

 

FEBRUARY 11

SPRING PROGRAM TRYOUTS

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

FEBRUARY 17

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

MARCH 17

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

APRIL 14

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

APRIL 28

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

MAY 12

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

 

 

 

SUMMER 2018

 

 

MAY 13

SUMMER PROGRAM TRYOUTS

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

MAY 19

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

JUNE 2

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

JUNE 9

BVCA COLLEGE SHOWCASE AND ROX NATIONAL QUALIFIER

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

JUNE 23

NATIONAL QUALIFIER, HOSTED BY 692

THE STRAND, LEWISVILLE, TX

 

 

 

OUR TRAVEL SCHEDULE WILL BE ADDED FOR EACH SEASON IN GREEN BEFORE EACH SEASON STARTS.

 

FALL TOURNAMENTS

LOCATION: SPORTS GARDEN  -  CHECK-IN: 12:00  -  ENTRY FEE: $45/PLAYER

2017 CLINICS
Tournament Name
TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION
Tournament Name
FALL SERIES TOURNAMENT #4
10/29/2017
Capacity: 60
Registrants: 0
Tournament Registration Links
To register for the RELENTLESS BEACH VOLLEYBALL SHOWCASE   click HERE

To register for the SIRENIA FALL CLASSIC BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT Tournament   click HERE



Summer National Championship Tournament Key
Our schedule gets more complicated every year. There are more events to choose from and we are providing this information to help you make sense of it. There are five primary National Championships, one hosted by the BVCA, one hosted by the AAU, one hosted by Rox, and two hosted by USA Volleyball.

BVCA Club National Championship

AAU National Championship

USA High Performance Championship

USA Beach Tour National Championship

ROX Tour National Championship

Here is the breakdown for each event:

BCVA Club Championships - 692 in San Diego has formed an organization with hundreds of other beach volleyball clubs across the nation and it is called the BVCA (Beach Volleyball Clubs of America). This organization hosts a national championship for club programs. This event is going to decide who is the strongest club in the country each year. This is an invitational event and each year our club will receive a certain number of bids for each age group. We will distribute these invitations to our top teams.

AAU National Championship - This event is in Hermosa Beach. There are two National Championships in the US, This one hosted by the AAU and one hosted by USA Volleyball. This was a huge event last year and we are excited to take teams there again this year. There were several college coaches there scouting players last year, so it is a great tournament to do well in. This event does NOT require qualification.

USA Beach High Performance Championship - The USA High Performance Team is a group selected from many tryouts all over the country, including tryouts in Austin and Dallas. For a full schedule of the tryouts click HERE. Players that are selected from the tryouts will be notified in late June and will be invited to participate in a High Performance Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. These players will also be invited to participate in the High Performance Championships. This is an invitational tournament and the competition is very tough, but being invited to train at the USOC is a great experience.

USA Beach Tour National Championship - This event was in Milwaukee last year, but will be in Virginia Beach this year. The USA Beach Tour travels all around the country, with stops this year in Galveston, Austin, and Dallas. To qualify for the national championships, you must get 1st-3rd in one of the tour stop. This tour has a non-bid division, so you can plan to attend early in the year and then if you qualify you can move to the bid division.



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