Southern Pacific Volleyball Committee Announced Inaugural Girls' Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League
The Southern Pacific Volleyball Committee has announced the inaugural Girls’ Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League. The eight-team league consisting of Los Angeles area schools will pioneer the start of interscholastic beach volleyball competition similar to the NCAA sand volleyball format, also beginning in the 2011-2012 spring season.
This spring sport will run from March through May and will be comprised of three doubles teams in dual match competition. The league will be played at centralized sites at Dockweiler State Beach and at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. California and Arizona have the only interscholastic leagues currently in place for beach (sand) volleyball. Local universites, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine and USC are also embarking on their inaugural season.
“Having specialized in junior beach volleyball competition for more than 20 years, we are looking forward to the upcoming season for our local high school athletes competing this season and providing an opportunity to participate in the newest NCAA sport. - AAU Beach Volleyball Commissioner Gino Grajeda
The league will be comprised of squads from Carson, El Segundo, Harvard-Westlake, Marlborough, Marymount, Mira Costa, Palos Verdes and Valencia. Following league play will be a post-season championship playoffs where the top teams will qualify. Complete schedules are posted at www.aauclubbeach.com under the SCHEDULE tab. Although not an official CIF sport, the rules of play will be similar to the NCAA format and the season of sport will follow the CIF spring season of play.
“The birthplace of the sport took place right here on the beaches of Southern California, it is only fitting that we also inaugurate the first interscholastic beach volleyball league.” – AAU Beach Volleyball Commissioner, Gino Grajeda
The league is supported by the AAU National Executive Volleyball Committee and Championship Volleyball and operated by the Southern Pacific Volleyball Committee.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC VOLLEYBALL COMMITTEE
The Southern Pacific Volleyball Committee is a district and member organization of the Amateur Athletic Union and has operated the AAU National Beach Volleyball Tour since 1994, with several events in the Los Angeles and Orange counties, including the AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships, AAU Best of the Beach and the AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games. The committee is also the organization repsonsible for the volleyball teams at the International Children’s Games on behalf of the Los Angeles International Children’s Games Commitee. The committee had maintained alliances in the past with the AVP and WPVA pro beach volleyball tours.
ABOUT THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION
The AAU, founded in 1888, is a pioneer in amateur athletics and the Olympic movement. Currently the largest multi-sport organization in the country and a member of the United States Olympic Committee, the AAU sanctioned volleyball programs dating back to 1921. The AAU and the Southern Pacific Association sanctioned the first beach volleyball competition in 1957 in Manhattan Beach, CA and the first junior beach volleyball competition in 1990. The AAU currently operates the largest junior volleyball championships at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL (also this site of the national headquarters), in addition to the AAU Junior Olympic Games and the AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships in Hermosa Beach, CA.
ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP VOLLEYBALL
Championship Volleyball is an integrated volleyball software platform for leagues, tournaments, and team management, in addition to the operation of educational clinics and programs nationwide.