2012 AAU Junior Beach Events
The AAU Junior Florida Open - Thursday, June 28
Cocoa Beach, FL (Girls 18:U/16:U)
This event has been in operation since 1999 and has been a part of the AAU (Indoor) National Championships. It takes place on the last day following the indoor championships. This event now takes place on two different days with the younger age groups four days earlier in Orlando. This event has been held at Walt Disney World at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, in addition to other resorts around Bay Lake, before the event outgrew the area and moved to the ocean at Cocoa Beach. A wide variety of teams from around the country also draws a significant number of Florida athletes who do not compete at the nationals. Also a qualifier for the AAU Junior Olympic Games. This is girls-only event.
19th AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships - July 14-15
Hermosa Beach, CA (Girls 18:U/16:U/15:U/14:U/12:U/10:U)
This is the largest and oldest event on tour. The event also hosts boys divisions. The west coast presence makes this one of the most difficult tournaments to compete in with two rounds of pool play followed by single-elimination playoffs. This event has been televised since 1994 and always featured some of the top talent in the country. Previous champions and medalists have been a virtual who's who of talented players, many of which are former and current professional beach volleyball players. This event is an open event and no qualifying is required, however the teams that make it back to day two are some of the most talented young beach volleyball players. Coaches' hospitality program.
AAU Junior Olympic Games - August 28-30
Hermosa Beach, CA (Girls 18:U/16:U/15:U/14:U/12:U)
Beach Volleyball became a Junior Olympic demonstration sport in Virginia Beach in 1998 and an official sport at the 1999 games in Cleveland. This is a multi-sport event taking place over two weeks where teams must qualify to compete in the games. The AAU Junior Olympic Games began in 1967 in Washington, DC. There is a wide variety of teams attending from throughout the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. This year the event will be a part of the West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games along with surfing. Teams must advance to this event from local, district and regional qualifiers. This event will also have boys divisions. This event has also been held in Knoxville, New Orleans, Des Moines and Detroit. Television scheduled. Coaches' hospitality program.
AAU Best of the Beach - August 4-5
Santa Monica, CA (Girls 16:U/14:U)
This is the most sought after event on the tour. Select events qualify gold medalists for this event, which up until 2011 were two seperate events, with the 14:U Division held at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills since 2007 and the 16:U Division held along side the AVP event with finals on the feature court or in 2011 along a Wide Open Tour event (with the demise of the AVP). Top teams from USA and Canada compete in the elite event featuring the top 10 teams all outfitted in official uniforms in full match format play. Televised. Girls' only event.
AAU America's Challenge - TBA
Honolulu, HI (Girls 18:U)
Initiated in Puerto Rico as an invitation to USA, Canadian and Puerto Rico teams continues today as an elite Girls 18:U event. Plans call for this event to move to the spring. The event has been held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Honolulu, Hawaii and Manhattan Beach, California for several seasons with the intention of always being held on an ocean beach. This event has been televised and brings in the top 10 teams from around the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. Girls' only event.