AVCA Small College Beach Championship
When: April 19-21, 2019
Where: Hickory Point Beach - Tavares, FL
Potential field includes:
NAIA - Southeastern Univ., Webber, Missouri Baptist, Ottawa (AZ), Warner, William Carey Univ., Ottawa Univ.
Two-Year College - St. Petersburg
DII - Eckerd, Lincoln Memorial, Saint Leo, Tampa, Florida Southern, Texas A&M Kingsville, Spring Hill College, Colorado Mesa, Carson Newman, Tusculum
DIII - Principia, Stevenson
Facility: Hickory Point Beach - 21 professional-grade lighted courts, permanent restrooms, pavilion and picnic tables, swimming area, sound system, playground
Admission: Free (free on-site parking)
2018 Champions: Texas A&M Kingsville (DII), Webber International (DIII/NAIA)
2018 Participants: Eckerd, Florida Southern, Huntingdon, Lincoln Memorial, Missouri Baptist, Mt. San Antonio College, San Diego College, Spring Hill, Saint Leo, Stevenson, Texas A&M Kingsville, University of Tampa, Warner, Webber
Inaugural 2018 Event Info – The American Volleyball Coaches Association is excited to announce that the inaugural AVCA Small College Beach Championship will be held on April 7-8, 2018 in Tavares, FL. The event is the product of a partnership with event organizer Dave Carstenson and a commitment by the AVCA to provide a championship experience for student-athletes that are competing at all levels of this rapidly growing sport.
In order to be eligible for this championship, Beach Volleyball must be a varsity sport at the institution and the head beach coach must be a member of the AVCA.
Hickory Point Beach in Tavares, FL will be the first host site of the AVCA Small College Beach Championship. The complex, consisting of 21 professional beach volleyball courts built on the 68-acre Hickory Point Recreational Complex on Lake Harris, is Florida’s largest permanent beach volleyball facility. Each court features lights and several other events will take place throughout the weekend, ensuring that April 7-8 will truly celebrate the sport of Beach Volleyball and the enthusiasm that the game has generated in the community.
“The rapid growth of beach volleyball at schools outside of Division I created a need for new championship options,” said AVCA Executive Director, Kathy DeBoer. “We are thrilled to join Dave Carstenson and the Florida Region of USAV in providing this service to our members.”
Throughout its history the AVCA has filled the need for events while different sectors of the sport were growing toward championship status. From 2012-2015, AVCA hosted the Collegiate Beach Volleyball National Championship in Gulf Shores, AL until, after just four seasons, beach volleyball reached the 40-program threshold needed for NCAA championship status; from 1997 to 2011, AVCA partnered with USA Volleyball to host the Molten Division III Men’s Invitational Championship, providing a championship experience until that sector reached the 50 programs needed for NCAA sponsorship.
Currently, 117 colleges have declared they will sponsor a women’s varsity beach team in the spring of 2018: 60 in Division I, 11 in Division II, three in Division III, five at NAIA schools and 38 in the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA). By sponsoring this small college championship, AVCA will continue to bring attention to these beach programs and to advocate for support and growth in all sectors of the sport.
For more information on the inaugural AVCA Small College Beach Championship, and Beach Volleyball in general, visit www.avca.org/groups/beach-volleyball and www.fiestaonsiestakey.com; for complete results of the 2018 season, searchable by team, player and pair, go to CollegeBeachVB.com
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 7,200 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at www.avca.org.
Seeing a need for a centralized site for rosters, results, rankings, program information and event details pertaining to collegiate beach volleyball, Mike Placek (former pro beach player, current youth beach coach and college beach recruitment coordinator) launched CollegebeachVB.com in May of 2017. The site provides up-to-date match results for both schools and individual pairs. The aim is to create a one-stop site for players, coaches, media, and fans from all over the country.