Registration Open for USA Beach Junior Tour
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 4, 2011) - Registration is now open for the 2011 edition of the USA Beach Junior Tour. This season will be the biggest ever with 24 beach volleyball events in 18 USA Volleyball regions and 17 states.
Starting in May with the U.S. Border Open in Brownsville, Texas, the tour for boys' and girls' beach volleyball teams (no co-ed teams) ages 10-18 will travel the country over 11 weekends, culminating with the USA Beach Junior Tour Championships that will be held this year in Chicago, Ill., on July 23.
New events for 2011 are the Carolina Open (Raleigh, N.C./Carolina Region), the San Diego Open (Chula Vista, Calif./Southern California Region), the Heart of America Open (Kansas City, Kan./Heart of America Region), and the East Coast Open (Isle of Palms, Charleston, S.C./Palmetto Region).
The Tour Championship location in Chicago provides a central location for traveling teams and will be the first freshwater beach championship in the history of the tour.
The 2010 Tour had 22 events in 17 regions with 3,124 participants which represents a 40 percent increase in total participation over 2009. An average of 71 teams competed per event. The Tour began in 2006 with 12 events.
The USA Beach Junior Tour focuses on competition and fun in a healthy environment. Players officiate their own matches and the events foster a friendly environment amongst competitors.
The tour is sponsored by Spalding King of the Beach volleyballs, and sanctioned by USA Volleyball. It is produced and operated by USA Volleyball in cooperation with the Elevation Group of Companies.
Event registration is now open and available at http://www.usabeach.org/.
2011 Events Schedule*
|1||May 7||US Border Open - (evening)||Brownsville, Texas||Lone Star|
|2||May 14||Sorrento Beach Tourney||Santa Monica, Calif.||Southern California|
|3||May 14 (rain date 15)||Carolina Open||Raleigh, N.C.||Carolina|
|4||May 28 (AM/PM)||Desert Open - (evening)||Phoenix (Glendale), Ariz.||Arizona|
|5||May 28-29||San Diego Open||US OTC, Chula Vista, Calif.||Southern California|
|6||June 4 (AM/PM)||Mid-South Open||Dallas, Texas||North Texas|
|7||June 4-5||Great Plains Open||Omaha, Neb.||Great Plains|
|8||June 11||Heart of America Open||S. Kansas City, Kan.||Heart of America|
|9||June 11||NoCal Open||Santa Cruz, Calif.||Northern California|
|10||June 11||Crossroads of the West Open||Salt Lake City, Utah||Intermountain|
|11||June 18||Santa Barbara Tourney||Santa Barbara, Calif.||Southern California|
|12||June 18||North Coast Open||Chicago, Ill.||Great Lakes|
|13||June 19 (Sunday)||Central Open||Milwaukee, Wis.||Badger|
|14||TBD||Gulf Coast Open||TBD, Fla.||Florida|
|15||June 26 (Sunday)||East Coast Open||Isle of Palms, Charleston, S.C.||Palmetto|
|16||July 10||Western Open||Seattle, Wash.||Puget Sound|
|17||July 10||Dockweiler King of the Court (KOC)||Playa del Rey - (Non-qualifier)||Southern California|
|18||July 14 (Thursday)||SoCal Open||Hermosa, Calif.||Southern California|
|19||July 16-17||Ohio Valley Open||Cincinnati, Ohio||Ohio Valley|
|20||July 16||Hawkeye Open||Des Moines, Iowa||Iowa|
|21||July 16||Texas Open||Galveston, Texas||Lone Star|
|22||July 17 (Sunday)||Great Lakes Open||Rochester, N.Y.||Western Empire|
|23||July 23||USA Beach Junior Tour Championship||Chicago, Ill.||Great Lakes|
|24||Aug. 13-14||Pacific Record Challenge||Seaside, Ore.||Columbia Empire|
*Dates & locations subject to change. Please check the USA Volleyball web site or http://www.usabeach.org/ for updates.
*Article courtesy USAV