These events will begin on May 14 and they run every Friday Night at The Strand. 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. We also host a cornhole tournament with cash prizes. The check-in is at 6:30pm (changes to 5:30 in June) and the entry fee is $80/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 Strand. The address is
150 Continental Drive, Lewisville 75067
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 at 12:01am
AVP FIRST HAS JOINED WITH VOLLEY AMERICA TO CREATE AVP AMERICA. THESE EVENTS WILL QUALIFY YOU FOR THE AVP AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
These tournaments are open to any player in the region. No club affiliation is necessary but an
AVP AMERICA membership is required
Each event will have the following divisions available:
12U, 14U, 16U, 18U
OUR 2020 AND 2021 EVENTS WERE CANCELLED BECAUSE OF COVID RELATED RECRUITING DEAD PERIODS FOR COLLEGE COACHES. WE WILL BE BACK IN 2022
OUR CLUB PARTICIPATES IN THE CLUB CHALLENGE SERIES THAT ALLOWS US TO COMPETE AS A CLUB AGAINST THE OTHER TOP CLUBS IN THE NATION. OUR TOP 3 OR TOP 5 TEAMS COMPETE IN A COLLEGE STYLE MATCH AGAINST OTHER TOP CLUBS IN THE USA.
2021 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
|MAR 6-7||BVCA CLUB CHALLENGE||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|MAR 20||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|APR 3||p1440 POINTS EVENT||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|APR 17||TXBVA TOUR STOP||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|APR 25||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|MAY 8-9||BEACHFEST||GULF SHORES, AL||REGISTER|
|MAY 15||USA BNQ||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|MAY 29||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|JUN 5-6||MADSAND BNQ||MADSAND||REGISTER|
|JUN 12||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|JUN 26||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|JUL 11||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|JUL 25||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
|AUG 1||AVP AMERICA QUALIFIER||THE STRAND||REGISTER|
* BVCA CHALLENGE EVENTS ARE CLUB VS CLUB WHERE EACH CLUB BRINGS A SQUAD OF THREE TEAMS. TEAMS ARE SELECTED BY THE CLUBS.
** BVCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BIDS ARE AWARDED TO CLUBS AND THEN GIVEN TO TEAMS BY THE CLUB DIRECTOR
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 National Championships, but we only go to three of them.
BVCA Club National Championship
AAU 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 in Hermosa Beach. This is the largest national championship in the country every year. It is an invitational event and each year our club will receive a certain number of bids for each age group. We will distribute these bids to our top teams. This includes our National Teams and as many of our Training Teams as possible.
AAU National Championship – This event is in Hermosa Beach. This is a huge event each year and the competition is excellent. There are many college coaches there scouting, so it is a great tournament to do well in. This event does NOT require qualification.
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).
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.