Collegiate Beach Volleyball Surpasses Benchmarks

Lexington, Ky. (March 2, 2017) – On the eve of the sixth season of competition for NCAA collegiate beach volleyball, the AVCA notes that over 1000 women are participating at 64 Division I, II and III institutions and 50% of those participants are exclusively playing beach volleyball.

Beach volleyball was added to the emerging sports list by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics in 2009. The first season of competition took place during the spring of 2012, when 15 Division I schools added varsity programs. Fourteen more programs started in 2013 followed by ten more in 2014, triggering a transition to NCAA Championship status. Funding was approved in 2015 and the NCAA hosted the 1st National Collegiate Beach Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama in May of 2016. This year, the championship returns to Gulf Shores on the weekend of May 5-7.  For complete press release, click here

2017 USAV Beach High Performance Skills Assessment Camp

2016 HP Camp Gulf Shores, AL

In 2017, Beach High Performance is re-conceptualizing the tryout model into a two day skills assessment camp. With this new model, athletes will not only have more time to showcase their skills to the evaluators but also receive high level training from top level beach volleyball coaches. All athletes are highly recommended to attend both days for the most thorough evaluation and to receive the most coaching. Please contact if you have conflicts or questions. For 2017 Junior Pipeline Pathways and additional information, click here.

The following dates and locations are the four Zonal Skills Assessment Camps that are offered for Spring 2017

Date (2017)  Location   Zone Registration
March 4-5 Hickory Point, Tavares, FL Atlantic Zone Click here to register
March 18-19 West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA Pacific Zone Click here to register
April 1-2 Houston Sportsplex, Houston, TX Border Zone Click here to register
April 29-30 Oasis Sand Bar, Cedar Rapids, IA Central Zone Click here to register

We should include a fourth macronutrient: time between meals

By Dr. Cate Shanahan, Author of Deep Nutrition

There’s a lot of important discussion around macronutrients in the nutrition world regarding what percentage of our daily calories should ideally come from protein versus carb versus fat. In all this discussion, what’s often overlooked is the fact that simply overeating puts a stress on the system. I think we should include a fourth macronutrient: time between meals. The longer you can go without a meal or a snack or a beverage other than water, the healthier your mitochondria will be.

For complete aritcle, click here

Eckerd College Coach on Training Ugly to All-American

Today, Michelle Piantadosi of Eckerd College and Optimum Volleyball Club joined Stephen the talk about specific ways athletes can develop their overall game for the beach.   Michelle has the unique position of being an athlete who started late playing volleyball, her junior year in high school.  She talked about how she “trained ugly” to All-American at Tennessee, then how she developed her game in the world of beach volleyball.

Subjects covered:

  • Creative development of athletes
  • Keys areas of your game that are needed to play at your best
  • Michelle’s experience having to train ugly, vs training perfect
  • The role of coaches during tournaments, currently and in the future.
  • Use of video feedback, rather than instantaneous verbal feedback

To listen to the entire interview, click here. For additional information on Optimum Beach Volleyball Club, click here or Eckerd College

Fuel The Athlete with Ben Greenfield

Athletes seek to maximize their performance, often at the expense of their long-term health and longevity. Ben, a former bodybuilder, is an ironman triathlete, speaker, and author who understands how to nourish the body for both peak results and optimal health. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology. Ben coaches and trains individuals for general health, longevity, weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance–using a real food protocol.

Says Ben, “I love getting fit, feeling good about the way my body looks, and fulfilling my deep-seeded drive to live life to the fullest by achieving difficult feats of physical performance. But I was fed up with feeling like crap from all the extreme exercising, strange foods, feeling of constant stress and soreness, and worry about the toll my hectic lifestyle was taking on my body. So I have found a way of training, eating and living that is perfectly healthy and natural, but still allows me to look, feel and perform at my peak capabilities.”

As a consultant to many athletes, Ben has noticed a trend of acne, digestive issues, and adrenal issues that plague those who fuel their bodies with what Ben calls “franken fuels.” In today’s episode, he contrasts popular sports drinks, gels, and bars with the real fuel the athlete needs to turbocharge their performance without sacrificing gut health. He gets into the science of how various proteins, fats, and carbs work in our bodies. He talks about his own sweet spot of carb/protein/fat percentages and what foods he recommends for everyone to include in their diet. You will be fascinated by what he has to say and will want to apply it to your own diet, training, and lifestyle.
Read more, click here or  podcast link

Ace of The North Grass Volleyball

June 23-25, 2017

Welcome to our Second Annual Ace of the North Grass Volleyball Tournament! Enjoy food, beverages, music, yard games and volleyball with a fun-filled day for all! Kicking off the event is the Twilight Friday Night Coed Quads and Men’s and Women’s Doubles tournaments. Men’s and Women’s Triples compete on Saturday followed by the Juniors Quads on Sunday!

Tournament Details

  • Coed Quad
  • Men’s and Women’s Doubles
  • Men’s and Women’s Triples
  • Juniors Quads
  • Money payout for the winner of each adult division
  • All games played at the National Sports Center on the professional level Stadium field
  • Friday games will be played under the lights.

For registration and additional event details, visit Ace of the North

Standing Naked

Posted by Birdwell Beach Britches

Many years ago, in what feels like another life, I was a professional surfer. I had sponsors. I got my picture in the mag. I had a healthy- to bursting-at-the-seams-sized ego.

          My father, a man of great humility and wisdom, observed me with a certain tilt. He knew the vicissitudes of life, the what goes up must come down-ness of it all.

          One night I was headed out to a party. I wore red patent leather Adidas high-tops of the Run DMC sort. My hair was carefully unwashed and unkempt. I was on the prowl, and my father sensed this. He called me over to the dinner table. He sat alone with a glass of wine, Luciano Pavarotti playing on the stereo.

          “Going out?” he asked.

          “Yep. Party.”


          “Hope so.”

          “You know, Jamie, when you’re with a woman it’s important that you stand naked before her.”

          I saw myself peeling off my T-shirt and shimmying out of my 501s in a bedroom of wine coolers and fluffy pillows, a delicious blonde waiting under the covers. I thought, How cool, Dad really gets it.

          My father continued—

          “And what I mean by naked is it’s not Jamie the Pro Surfer, or Jamie The Guy in the Surf Mags. When you’re intimate with someone, it’s really important that you leave behind those constructs of yourself. You can’t bring your surf trophies into bed, is what I’m saying. It’s just you—and you alone is enough.”

          I cannot remember if I found myself naked with a woman that night, but if I did, I sure as hell hope that I didn’t get there by playing the surf card. In truth, I was never that sort of guy, or least I don’t think I was. But I am eternally grateful to my father for keeping me in check when I was at my most superficial and hubristic.

– Jamie Brisick

The Dazzling Blue is a series of short pieces about things we do in boardshorts. It is written by Jamie Brisick. A Fulbright scholar and a lifelong surfer, Brisick has written several books about surf culture, including Have Board Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow and Becoming Westerly. He lives in Los Angeles and rides a 5’10” Channel Islands Twin Fin.

EVP Tour Commissioner on How to Prepare For the Upcoming Season

Today, Ross Balling, Commissioner of the EVP Tour and founder of EVP Academies, joined Stephen to share his story on how he got into beach volleyball and secondly, how to get ready for the upcoming season.  During the show, we covered three types of players: 20-30 year old looking to take their game to the next level as a professional, a JO high school age player, and a person who is just getting started playing looking to learn the game and play their best.

Areas covered:

  • General conditioning
  • Skill work needed
  • The importance of following a systematic approach or lesson plan
  • How to overcome living in a colder climate
  • Tips and tricks of the game like play your skill level, not your age; motive should be for the love the game; be an all-around player, not a specialist

For the complete interview, click here.  During the interview, Ross mentioned that he would make available his lesson plan for skill development, here is the link to those plans.