Category: Philosophy

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 beachhp@usav.org 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

Duluth Area Beach Volleyball Camps

Duluth Area Beach Volleyball Camp: We started our beach volleyball camps in 2014 to help boys and girls of all ability levels learn to play beach volleyball in a fun and safe environment. Today, the concept is flourishing with more camps taking place each summer.   This camp is open to all players aged 10-18 who are looking to learn the game of beach volleyball or take their game to the next level.

Each camp is $100.00 per participant. Group discounts are available for 5 or more. Call Stephen at 612-741-0982 for special pricing.

Beach Volleyball Camp:  We started our beach volleyball camps in 2014 to help boys and girls of all ability levels learn to play beach volleyball in a fun and safe environment. Today, the concept is flourishing with more camps taking place each summer.  Our flexible programming makes it easy to sign up whether you’re looking for a month, week or just one day a week of fun.

Camp #6:  Friday 1-4, Saturday 1-4 and Sunday 1-4 on July 14-16
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Elite Beach Volleyball Camp: This program is designed for more experienced players who are looking for next level instruction and competitive play.  Campers must have a understanding of volleyball and be anxious to learn new techniques for the beach.

Camp #7: Friday 9-12, Saturday 9-12 and Sunday 9-12 on July 14-16
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All activities will be held at Park Point Recreation Area. Located on Lake Superior, Park Point is a classic beach volleyball location. With a beautiful view of the lake, a beach, a ball and a net, what more could you ask for on a summer day.

Park Point Beach House
5000 Minnesota Ave
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 612-741-0982
Meet at the beach house and we will walk to the courts

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Lake Waconia Beach Volleyball Camps

Waconia Area Beach Volleyball Camp: We started our beach volleyball camps in 2014 to help boys and girls of all ability levels learn to play beach volleyball in a fun and safe environment. Today, the concept is flourishing with more camps taking place each summer.   This camp is open to all players aged 10-18 who are looking to learn the game of beach volleyball or take their game to the next level.

Each camp is $100.00 per participant. Group discounts are available for 5 or more. Call Stephen at 612-741-0982 for special pricing.

Camp #6: Monday-Thursday 9am-11am July 17-20
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All activities will be held at Lake Waconia Beach Shelter and Beach Court.

Location Information:

Lake Waconia Regional Park
8170 Paradise Lane
Waconia, MN 55387

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AVPNext Tournament Details

How It Works:

Players will need to register to be AVPNext members prior to competing in any AVPNext certified event. By registering for the AVPNext membership, players are eligible to play in any AVPNext certified event nationwide. Players competing in certified events gather AVP points and battle for the opportunity to represent the zone in the main draw of the Manhattan Beach Open. To give themselves the best chance at earning the bid to Manhattan Beach, players should plan on playing with the same partner for as many events in their zone as possible. The bid will be awarded to the TEAM that performs the best through a zone’s series of events. The team awarded the bid will receive a travel stipend of $400 per person to assist with the costs associated with traveling to and participating in the main draw of the Manhattan Beach Open. In the event that one of the team members resides in Southern California, that player will receive a $100 travel stipend. Additionally, all players will receive prize money for being in the main draw.

The bid will be awarded to the team with the best finishes throughout their zone’s events. In order to optimize your chances, you should plan to play with the same partner for each event within a zone. If you switch partners, you will begin to accumulate new team points with your new partner. Zonal point cumulative totals will be based on our 80% rule, which takes a teams’s best finishes for 80% of the events within a zone. For example, if you play in a zone that has 10 AVPNext certified events, the bid will be awarded to the team that has the best 8 out of 10 team finishes. If a team plays in 8 or less of the 10 AVPNext certified events, then all team finishes count. Note: All players that compete in AVPNext events are still eligible to compete in any other beach volleyball competitions.

The AVP Next Qualifier events below are produced by EVP Academies. These Midwest events are attracting young adult athletes who wish to earn AVP points. These events are part of the Midwest AVP zone and the top point leaders receive a bid into the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. Please visit www.AVP.com

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