Important! This is a suggested fun beach tournaments for the players, it is not organized by MB or the coaches. The tournament is organized by MAV http://www.mavolleyball.org.
Here are some suggestions for those who attends the First Rites of summer. Most of the information is on the web site, please read all the rules and how to sign up http://www.mavolleyball.org/fros.html
- Players can chose a player on their team or simply play with a friend from another team or club…
- One family must register for the team of 2 players . Age group will determine which day you play on.
- Accommodation is up to the families, there are plenty of hotels around the play area ( in front of Laurel st and south). You can also check VRBO or AirBnB
- Check in at Laurel Street on the board walk between 7:45-8:30am
- Bring your own Beach Volleyball, they are different than the indoor balls. Buy “King of the Beach” balls , I will show the girls a sample.
- Check the weather and bring proper clothes/shelter.
- The tournament plays rain or shine, please dont call the coaches for weather or if the tournament is on.. reach out to the organizers if you must.. but they don’t ever cancel.
- Bring proper drinks and food for your players, you are responsible for your player the entire weekend, no one else is responsible for them.
- Younger players play on nets near the registration table. Older age groups play further south on the beach. There are usually over 100 nets that can span over 1/4 mile long.
- Games are to 21 pts not 25.. each pool play is different so pay attention to your court’s rules on the clip board ( MAV will provide)
- Anyone interested in playing in different format outside of USAV Juniors, take a look at the formats from MAV and decide on your own who and how you want to play in the tournament. Parents can play with kids or in multiple formats with others.
Here’s a narrative:
Our families usually take the kids out of school around 12pm Friday and cross the Bay Bridge before traffic gets too congested. The trip takes about 3.5 hours if traffic is reasonable. We check into our house/hotel, sync up with other players and head out to the beach to get a little play time on the sand courts. It’s still early in the season so usually Grotto Pizza is open and we’ll grab some pizza there later in the eve when the other players arrive.
Play days are either on Sat or Sun ( pends on age group, check the web site as it changes every year) . Check in is at Laurel Street on the boardwalk, players will be assigned a court # and we proceed to bring our chairs and blankets there to set up for the day. Pending on the court # you may have to walk several blocks. The girls usually txt their friends to find out which court everyone is on so they can come and cheer on their team mates.
Around 9-9:30 am. There will be a meeting on the beach with the tournament director, each age group will convene on the beach ( they will come and call everyone in, so be patient) The club directors go over the rules for the day. (see the rules on the web site as it changes year to year for beach.)
Games are refereed by players.. no coaches, no parents involvement.. players should know the rules and self govern. If there are questionable plays just “play over” is the best approach. After pool play the last work team bring the results to the director’s tent ( usually near the nets)
Once pool play is over top 2 teams will advance to play-offs.