The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Huntsville, Alabama, will be the site of the Second Annual AVCA Fall Collegiate Beach National Championships. The championships will feature a women’s pairs national championship and a men’s team national championship. The women’s tournament will consist of 64 pairs selected from college beach teams across the country. The men’s event will bring five schools to Huntsville to compete for the first men’s collegiate beach team national championship.
2023 Press Release: 2023 AVCA Fall Collegiate Beach National Championships Start This Friday
Women’s Pairs Championship: November 3–5, 2023
Men’s Team Championship: November 4-5, 2023
City: Huntsville, Alabama
Venue: The John Hunt Park Sand Volleyball Complex
Address: 2305 Airport Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Airport: Huntsville International Airport
Where to Stay: HSC Preferred Hotels
Schedule: Volleyball Life
How to Watch
Through an expansion of the AVCA’s partnership with Volleyball World, live coverage of this weekend’s marquee matches will be available to everyone complimentary. On Saturday and Sunday, VBTV will broadcast center-court matches from the men’s team championship and from bracket play of top women’s pairs leading up to the championships match on Sunday.
The beach volleyball complex is a 428-acre site in the heart of the city located at John Hunt Park, 2295 Airport Road SW, Huntsville. This beautiful state of the art 15-court facility was built in 2019 with a focus on athlete safety and experience as a main focus. That key attribute was combined with an eye toward amenities that lends itself to premier beach volleyball competitions.
Weather & Travel
The last month of autumn, November, is a mild month in Huntsville, Alabama, with average temperature ranging between 62°F and 46°F. If the event does face inclement weather, we have the flexibility to quickly and easily adjust by utilizing additional courts or playing in the evening under LED lights.
Traveling by plane?
Huntsville International Airport has nonstop service to ten U.S. destinations and services nearly 1.2 million passengers annually. Huntsville International Airport even offers a free ticket agent service – Huntsville Hot Tickets – to help travelers find the lowest fares possible.
Traveling by car?
Huntsville is a two hour drive south of Nashville, three and a half hours from Memphis and Atlanta and an hour and a half north of Birmingham. Need info on car rentals or other transportation info while you’re in town? We’ve got you covered.
Women’s Pairs Championship | November 3-5, 2023
This event is the very first of its kind and we are heading to the center of the country! Huntsville (Rally Volleyball, City of Huntsville, Huntsville Sports Commission) hosted the first ever women’s pairs national championships in the fall of 2022. The pairs championship included the top pairs in the country and the top performers from many of the beach programs. The format was designed to include Division I, Division II, NAIA and eventually Division III schools. It features three days of competition for all 64 pairs and will be played alongside the men’s team championship. Schools have been awarded bids for the pairs event based on their performance from the previous spring season.
Legislation passed in May 2022 by the NCAA allowing multiple-day events for college women’s beach volleyball players during the fall season paved the way for the championships. The announcement is great news for the 1,000 women who are year-round beach players. Almost 100 NCAA institutions sponsor women’s beach volleyball, and this legislative change allowing more competition in the non-championship season allows for a competitive experience similar to other college sports. Click here to view the data used to distribute bids.
We are excited to offer 6 qualifying events this year where bids can be earned to the AVCA Fall Collegiate Beach Championships. There are two bids for each event. Dates, locations and contact information can be found below:
|Gulf Shores, AL
|Manhattan Beach, CA
|Huntington Beach, CA
Men’s Team Championships | November 4-5, 2023
This is the very first of its kind and we are heading to the center of the country! The AVCA established the Men’s Collegiate Beach Volleyball Alliance in spring of 2022. To support the excellence and investment in development, Huntsville (Rally Volleyball, City of Huntsville, Huntsville Sports Commission) will proudly host the first ever men’s team national championships this fall.
- West – Westcliff University
- Central – Tusculum University
- East – Webber International University
- At Large – Stevenson University
- At Large – Lincoln Memorial University
Thank you to Baden and the U.S. Marine Corps for their support of the AVCA Fall Collegiate Beach Championships.
Special thanks to event partners Huntsville Sports Commission, the City of Huntsville, Rally Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Consulting.
November 3, 2023
November 5, 2023
The John Hunt Park Sand Volleyball Complex
2295 Airport Road