Read Jason Kepner's article "Sand on $40 Grand" from Coaching Volleyball magazine or listen to the webinar!
Read about sand volleyball's journey from zero to 40 teams in theFebruary/March 2014 issue of Coaching Volleyball.
Sand/beach volleyball is one of only a few team sports that is showing positive growth over the last five years per the 2013 Sports & Fitness Industry Association's Topline Report. Five-year growth rates of 2.5% among core participants and 4.9% among casual participants are eclipsed only by Lacrosse; and, among sports with over one million participants, Sand/Beach volleyball has the strongest 5-year rate among the most serious (core) participants. Much of this growth has been in the 13-25-year-old female demographic, where almost 500,000 new participants have taken up the sport since 2007, increasing participation in this sector alone by 85%.
Over 40 NCAA four-year colleges and universities, 4 NAIA and more than 20 two-year colleges sponsor varsity Sand Volleyball programs. Many offer some financial aid. Surpassing the 40-school threshold means that the NCAA will begin making plans to transition Sand Volleyball to championship sport status. This transition will take several years. Currently the AVCA hosts the Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships, with Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, USA Volleyball's Gulf Coast Region, and CBS Sports Network as partners. The 2015 Championships will be May 1-3. Travel and hotel information wil be available in January 2015.
Sand volleyball is now a varsity high school sport in the state of Arizona and high school leagues are being formed in many states. The opportunity for juniors play is also expanding rapidly. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) hosts many junior beach events, as does USA Volleyball,