Beach Partner: A Solution for Finding A Beach Volleyball Partner

Matt Olson and Kara Hill are excited to announce a solution for finding a beach volleyball partner! It’s the biggest problem on the sand, and as a club director we are certain it’s difficult for you to manage.

Discover this revolutionary app for beach volleyball!

Finding your next beach volleyball partner is as easy as swiping right with Beach Partner.

Does a visit to the beach conjure up magical memories you had as a child? Toes in the sand, building sand castles, the sound of the crashing waves and sunshine on your cheeks? With Beach Partner, you can still have that magic when you play on the sand. Beach Partner is an online destination helping bring players of all ages together to turn their sand volleyball dreams into a reality.

Beach Partner. . .coming soon to Apple and Android stores!

View player profiles
Match up with potential partners
Customize your individual profile
Master calendar with every beach volleyball event in the nation; including camps, showcases, and tournaments
Let potential partners know you’re available to play
Connect with other players
Share video highlights
Build a personalized tournament calendar

Complete the pre-registration form on their website to gain early access to the app. The first 100 registrants will win Beach Partner swag! Click here.

NJCAA announces addition of beach volleyball

Colorado Springs, CO – At the 2018 NJCAA Annual Meetings, the Board of Directors passed the adoption of beach volleyball to become a full-time varsity sport in 2019, the first sport added to the association since half marathon and women’s lacrosse in 2003-2004.

Programs will be able to field teams beginning in the fall of 2018 with the official competitive season beginning in the spring of 2019. The first official national championship will be held in the spring of 2021, the 48th NJCAA national championship event.

Mary Young, head volleyball coach at Central (NE), Vice President of the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association, and Region IX Women’s Director served as the lead throughout the adoption process. “It’s an exciting time for the NJCAA with the addition of the sport of beach volleyball,” Young expressed. “This addition will provide endless opportunities to our member schools and most importantly to our student-athletes.”

The NJCAA partnered with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) during the course of the four-year progression. AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer expressed her enthusiasm of a collegiate organization adding the sport. “Beach volleyball, played as a tennis-style, flighted team sport, is relatively new to the college scene. The growth has been remarkable with over 70 four-year colleges adding programs in just six years. This forward-looking vote by the NJCAA will open new opportunities to attract student-athletes to its campuses and give options to those wanting to move on.”

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Foundations of Passing with Olympic Coach Davenport

Hermosa Beach Spring Training Camp 2018 with Scott Davenport and Adam Schulz of AVP Academy

ProjectU and TMP Beach partnered with one of the great teachers of the game in Olympic Coach and AVP Academy Director Scott Davenport.

During this short video, Scott Davenport talked  about the goals of passing and answers the following questions:

  1.  What is the definition of a perfect pass and where would the perfect pass land?
  2. What is a realistic pass in world of beach volleyball?
  3. How do the elements change this realistic pass mentality? What are the realistic expectations for passing?
  4. What is the difference between a expected pass and an acceptable pass, or a bad pass?
  5. When teaching youth players what is an acceptable expectation for passing?
  6. What is the concept of “travel” in beach volleyball?

For the entire video, click here.  For more information on the AVP Academy. click here.  For how you can access this type of teaching, visit our ProjectU Collegiate Beach Clinic and Showcase event information, click here

TMP Beach Named To Elite List of Beach Clubs by JVA

The JVA is proud to announce the five beach clubs named 2018 JVA Sponsor Clubs. In it’s third consecutive year of the JVA Sponsorship Program, these five beach clubs join the 59 indoor clubs to set a new record for JVA Sponsor Clubs. As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA is giving $200,000 back to the JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.

“We are excited to announce our JVA Beach Sponsor Clubs for the 2017-2018 season” shares JVA Director of Member Development Lisa Wielebnicki. “This is the first year we have separated the indoor and beach clubs for the sponsorship, as beach truly has its own identity. The growth of beach volleyball throughout the last few years is exemplified as more JVA member clubs have added beach programs. In 2013 only 25.23% of clubs offered beach according to the JVA Club Programs Survey. The 2017 survey found that percentage grew up to 42.7%! The JVA is thrilled to give back to these clubs and offer continued support with aligned missions to grow the game.”

From it’s inception in 2006, the JVA has been a member driven association focused on the prosperity of its members, along with the goal of unifying clubs. These guiding principles, as well as junior volleyball specific education and resources, have led to a steady growth in membership from nearly 900 clubs in 2016 to nearly 1100 in 2017. The growth sparked a record number of applicants for the JVA Sponsorship Program this year.

The five JVA Beach Sponsor Clubs will receive monetary support from the JVA as a reward for promoting the JVA brand, supporting the JVA mission, and growing JVA at the regional and national level. The goal of unifying it’s member clubs, and all clubs for that matter, along with the concept that JVA is an organization that serves all clubs, has influenced the JVA’s motto for this season “All JVA United” and #BeJVAUnited.

The clubs listed below applied for the beach club sponsor program, and were selected based on their ability to meet sponsor level criteria, their length of membership and support of JVA, and their past contributions to JVA educational resources. Among the participants under the JVA Sponsorship Program, there are over over 900 junior beach players in addition to 1,860 indoor junior volleyball teams, all of whom will be sporting the JVA logo on their uniforms this season.

GOLD LEVEL CLUBS:
692 Beach (TX) – Founded in 2005 in Dallas, TX. 692 quickly became the most successful beach volleyball program in the country with nearly 300 players. Dozens of players are invited to the olympic training center each year to train with the usa beach national team. Their teams have won 9 national championships so far.

692 West, CA – Founded in 2008 in San Diego, CA. It is the largest club with 400 players, joins 692 Beach’s success.

Tamarack, CA – Founded in 2013 in Carlsbad, CA. With 100 beach players, Tamarack’s goal is to train elite level beach volleyball players to love the sport and play it right. With one coach per eight athletes, focused practices, core skill development, sports-psychology sessions and a lot of care, Tamarack give athletes the tools to become great beach volleyball players.

SILVER LEVEL CLUBS:
Los Angeles Beach Volleyball Club, CA – Founded in 2014, and currently has 100 athletes, Los Angeles Beach Volleyball Club provides collegiate caliber technical skills training and tactical instruction for young female athletes in a positive learning environment that fosters personal growth, development and a passion for the game of beach volleyball.

The McCarthy Project Beach Volleyball Club, MN – Founded in 2016 with 30 players currently. The McCarthy Project’s mission is to provide an environment where athletes love the game enough to do it for fun, as well as, for them to accomplish their goals by becoming the most creative, individualistic, self-reliant player who can also play within a system.

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ProjectU Collegiate Beach Clinics and Showcases

ProjectU Beach Volleyball CampThe ProjectU Collegiate Beach Showcases are about connecting athletes with college coaches who have the ability to take your game to the next level. Event locations include; Louisville, Chicago, Orlando, Miami, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. In partnership with the AVP Academy, each event is open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a player.

“Over the years, we have ventured to bring leading edge ideas and training to beach volleyball. With top college coaches in one location, this event will be a major opportunity for young athletes. It will be a point for athletes in real time to learn next level concepts, showcase their skills and potentially, change the direction of their future in beach volleyball. ” -Stephen McCarthy. Director, TMP Beach Volleyball

Cost: $175 per player for Multi-Day Event or $90 for Single Day clinic. Partner not required.online registration

***All participants must have a current VolleyAmerica membership to attend our events, for additional details, visit here. Exception: Minneapolis, each participant must have a current USAV membership.

Clinic Schedule:
9am-11am Introductions, Warmup and On-court Drills
11am-12pm Coaches Panel (Off Court): Coaches answer your questions, subjects to include; how to get recruited in beach, best practices for skill development, how to get connected to the beach community when there is no beach club in your area, among others
12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-3pm: On-court Drills with Coaches

2018 Schedule and Location Information:

KC BEACH (KANSAS CITY, KS)
Colleges Expected: Tulane University, Missouri State, Carson-Newman, Ottawa, Spring Hill, Texas Christian University, and more to be announced
Session Dates: May 19th-20th: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start. Cost $175.00 per athlete
Location Information:
KC Beach
7120 Gibbs Rd
Kansas City, KS 66106
Event Hotel Information:
Hampton Inn- Shawnee
16555 Midland Drive
Shawnee, KS 66217
913-248-1900-Mention ProjectU Collegiate Showcase
Room Options: 2 Queens or 1 King, $129 per night plus tax, Minimum 2 night stay, Deadline: April 27th, 2018

KING LOUIE’S SPORTS COMPLEX (LOUISVILLE, KY)
Colleges Expected: Carson-Newman University, Spring Hill, Florida International and more to be announced
Session Dates: June 2nd-3rd: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start. Cost $175.00 per athlete
Location Information:
King Louie’s Sports Complex
600 N English Station Rd
Louisville, KY 40223
502-896-2037

McPETES (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) USAV Beach Regional Qualifier
Colleges Expected: Tulane University, University of Hawaii, Texas Christian University, Houston Baptist, Carson-Newman University
Mike Placek of Collegebeachvb.com with more to be announced
Session Dates: June 9th-10th: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start. Cost $175.00 per athlete or $65 per team for the National Qualifier only, click here for details
Location Information:
McPetes
90 Humboldt Dr
Big Lake, MN 55309
763-263-6556

HUNTINGTON BEACH- BROOKHURST ST (LOS ANGELES, CA)
Colleges Expected: University of Hawaii, Loyola Marymount University, Texas Christian University, Carson-Newman University, Victor Valley, College of the Redwoods, St. Marys, and more to be announced
Session Dates: June 16th-17th: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start. Cost $175.00 per athlete
Location Information:
Huntington Beach: Brookhurst St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Florida State Sand Volleyball Courts (TALLAHASSEE, FL)
Colleges Expected: University of Hawaii, Florida State University, Florida International, Stetson University, Carson-Newman, and more to be announced.
Session Dates: August 4th and 5th: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start. Cost $175.00 per athlete
Location Information:
Florida State Volleyball Courts
Stadium Dr and Spirit Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304

NORTH COURTS-NORTH BEACH (CHICAGO, IL)
online registrationColleges Expected: Tulane University, University of Hawaii, Georgia State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Louisiana State University, Carson-Newman University, Florida International, Missouri State and more to be announced.
Session Dates: August 11th-12th: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start. Cost $175.00 per athlete
Location Information:
North Beach: North Courts
1600 Lake Shore Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
312-742-PLAY

HICKORY POINT BEACH (TAVERAS, FL)
Colleges Expected: Florida Southern, Florida International, Carson-Newman, Spring Hill, University of Tampa with more to be announced
Session Dates: April 7th: Check in time at 4:30pm Clinic Session from 5:00pm-7pm. Cost $90 per athlete. Sign up for tournament on fiestaonsiestakey.com. Pay separately.
Location Information:
Hickory Point Beach
27531 FL-19
Traveras, FL 32278

List of Colleges in Attendance: **Colleges mentioned with locations are with the specific locations are tentative only. **

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ProjectU Spring Training Camps

Beach Volleyball Training Camps, Made for Young Athletes

AVP Pro Jeremy Casebeer will be on staff at LA camps

Our ProjectU Spring Beach Volleyball Training Camp is an on and off court camp over a 3 day period that will include creative on-court skill work, strength and speed development training, as well as, leading edge nutrition ideas. ProjectU Spring Training beach volleyball camps are a partnership between TMP Beach and the AVP Academy. In addition to the TMP Beach staff, a local AVP pro will be in attendance. The camps will be held over the month of March and early April on the beautiful beaches of Riviera Beach (Palmonline registration Beach Shores, FL) and Dockweiler Beach (Playa del Rey, CA); The event is open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a player and a person.

California Staff: California Pro Jeremy Casebeer, Top Ranked AVP player Florida Staff: Rico Guimaraes, Boys and Girls Under 17 National Coach for USA Beach, and Local AVP Pro to be named

“Over the years, we have developed a gestalt theory of elite performance in beach volleyball. Not only will this camp will be a point for athletes to learn from one of best players on AVP tour but also to hear about new, innovative training and skill development techniques that have applied to develop the best in the sport.” -Stephen McCarthy, director of TMP Beach

ProjectU Spring Beach Volleyball Camp Highlights:

  • Mission of camp is to develop a “love for the game”
  • Discover how to use your memories in elite performance
  • Develop your ability to use your instincts and intuition with game like drills and cauldron games
  • On court skill development and video feedback
  • Learn through experiential leadership and communication drills

Dates and Cost:
online registrationDockweiler Beach:  March 28th-March 30th $285 per athlete

DOCKWEILER BEACH (PLAYA DEL REY, CA)
Session I: March 23-25: Training will take place between 2:00pm-6:00pm on Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Snacks will be provided during the session.
Session II: March 28-30: Training will take place between 10:00am-2:00pm on Wednesday to Friday. Snacks will be provided during the session.
Location Information:
Dockweiler Beach
12000 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Meet for registration behind El Segundo Cafe, click here for map

About TMP Beach:
Stephen McCarthy, Director of TMP Beach, has prepared over 15,000 youth, high school, college athletes for over a span of 17 years. He has trained players who have played the following professional sports: NBA and NHL. He has developed over 150 NCAA athletes within the sports of basketball, volleyball (indoor and beach), soccer, swimming and hockey. TMP Beach Volleyball club started in 2014. Currently, Stephen is a USAV certified official, a USAV Beach Impact and BCAP I certified volleyball coach, a member of AVCA and a sponsored JVA beach club, a coach within the USAV High Performance Beach Program, as well as, a certified personal trainer.

Click link for additional TMP Beach Volleyball Tournaments and Camps

Minnesota Coach McCutcheon on The Love of The Game

University of Minnesota’s head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon joined myself to talk about the love of sport and how to properly develop young athletes.  Coach shared his story growing up in New Zealand playing multiple different sports and developing over his lifetime a love for volleyball.  He talked about how he came to focus on one sport, volleyball, his transition to coaching and some of his principles of success.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

Coach Hugh McCutcheon Bio: Complete bio

Coach Russ Rose on Balanced Development

Coach Russ Rose of Penn State University joined Stephen McCarthy to discuss the waterfront of ideas related to young volleyball players and coaches around the concept of balanced development.  Coach Rose talked about the role of technology in a young persons life, the proper role of club volleyball, why is it important to play more than one sport, and finally, how coaches and athletes can develop a balanced long-term approach to elite performance in life and sport.

For the complete interview, click here.

Coach Russ Rose Bio Information:

Record breaking. History making. Legendary. All of these words can be used to describe the tenure of Penn State women’s volleyball head coach Russ Rose’s career in Happy Valley. At the helm of the Nittany Lion squad for 35 years, his name has become synonymous with the pride and tradition of the program. The leader of arguably the most successful collegiate women’s volleyball program in the country, Rose continues to pass along the confidence and character he has gained during his career.

During his tenure, Rose has collected wins at a staggering pace. Never having posted fewer than 22 wins in a season, he concluded the 2013 season as the NCAA leader in career winning percentage, having won more than 86 percent of the matches he’s coach at Penn State. He is just the third active DI women’s volleyball head coach to reach 1,000 career wins, Since then, he’s amassed another 125 victories, which puts him just four wins shy of tying the all-time record for career triumphs. Full bio

Why We Work in The Summer Camp Business

Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps

Today Stephen McCarthy is joined by Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps to talk about why we work in the summer camp business and the role US Sports Camps plays every summer in young athletes lives.

Areas covered:

  1. Why are we in this industry
  2. What are the deeper motives of coaches, athletes and parents for participating in summer sports
  3. The role her family and summer camps has played in finding the desire to help other young people and coaches have a positive summer camp experience.

For the complete interview, click below. For more information about Natalie, US Sports Camps and Nike Summer Camps, visit their website.