Coaches Corner Podcast: The Rise of Beach Volleyball and its Effects on Indoor Training


A couple weeks ago, I joined Jack Davis of US Sports Camps/Nike Volleyball to talk about the rise of beach volleyball within younger indoor volleyball players. Some of the areas covered include: the benefits of playing both indoor and beach, the common myths related to beach, the why playing on another surface will develop your overall game. For the entire interview, visit here.

TMP Beach Volleyball Team

Outside our state, a player might easily choose their primary volleyball focus to be beach. However, in Minnesota, quality beach opportunities are not as prevalent and players tend to focus on indoor/court volleyball. TMP Beach players know there doesn’t have to be a choice; more importantly, they recognize how much each player’s “beach game” can contribute to and elevate their indoor game.

Karch Kiraly, author of Beach Volleyball and the current head coach for the women’s indoor National Team, speaks directly to why outdoor players make better indoor players: “More and more, indoor players are specializing.  For example, a 6’10” guy (or a 6’3″ girl) today will probably be put at the net to hit and block. There’s a good chance they will be taken out of the serve reception entirely, thereby given a very limited opportunity to defend, if at all.  They will never set the ball unless it comes to him by accident.  In contrast, that same big is going to learn defense and ball control in the sand, whether they want to or not.” The opposite also holds true for shorter or back row indoor players – they do not get a chance to attack or swing, as they are are usually taken out for taller players.

At TMP Beach, players develop an entire set of skills, not just a particular or specialized position.  Players touch the ball every play at least one time because they are involved in every volley in every set, acting as passers, setters AND hitters in a single volley.  In addition to the foundational skills and techniques, offensive and defensive strategies are effectively honed and curated. Mental fortitude is challenged and strengthened. The higher level performances are tied to personal growth and achievement, rather than a score or a coaches goal.

Parent Meeting and New Players:

Zoom Player/Parent Meeting: TBD, April 2021 Approximately, 1 hour. This meeting is for all current TMP players and parents.

New Players, Summer Season: (May-Beginning of August 2021) we are looking for 5-8 new players for the summer season. If you are interested in being considered, please submit a introduction letter to Stephen McCarthy by April 1st. Please include playing history with a short bio. We will review the information within 48 hours and let you know either way. If you have questions before submitting your application, please call Stephen at 612-741-0982 or email at cs@themccarthyproject.com.

New Players (Aged between 11-18) Fall Season: (Mid-August-End of September) For 2021, we are looking for new players for the fall season. Players who are not playing for high school team, or looking to extend the season. If you have questions, please call Stephen at 612-741-0982 or email at cs@themccarthyproject.com

Beach Littles (Aged under 11) New Players, Fall Season: (Mid-August-End of September) For 2021, we are looking for new beach little players for the fall season. We play 4 versus 4 on a lower net. Our hope is to develop the skills in the future generation of beach players. If you have questions, please call Stephen at 612-741-0982 or email at cs@themccarthyproject.com.

Team, Schedule and Tournament Information:

We start the first or second week of May, and end early August, depending on the player’s schedule.  Located at Sand Point Beach in Prior Lake, MN, Antlers Beach in Lakeville, MN and Riverside Park in Rockford, MN

The Fall Season for club players and players under 11 (Beach Littles) is from Mid-August till the beginning of October.

New for 2021: TMP Beach National Team:

The National Team is a group of athletes inside the club who desire to compete on a National level and potentially, play beach after high school. Secondly, each National player must have results on the court. The team is invite only. Criteria include: 5th Place or better in local tournaments or early 2021 summer season results in Queen of the Beach or team scrimmages. If interested in being selected, please talk with Stephen.

What do National Team members receive? National team practices, invites to scrimmages outside of the club, 1 Bid Tournament Entry Fee in ProjectU events in Florida and National team gear,

Schedule: 2021 schedule will be posted in Feb of 2021.

Partners: Primarily, players choose their own partners, but players do not have to play together the entire season. For athletes who do not have or looking to play with different partners, the coaches will attempt to locate a partner of like age and skill level, but it is up to the athlete to secure a partner for each tournament.

Cost for Each Season:

Spring Season: (Open to All Players) $25 per player, per session.

Summer: Team fees are $525.00 per player, per season.  The fee includes all practice sessions and TMP player gear; 2-team tanks/jerseys, 1-sports bra, 1-long-sleeve team t-shirt, 1-TMP beach towel, and 1-pair of Sockwa sand socks.  Additional TMP Gear like towels, hats, and shirts are available to purchase, click here. (Will be added to the website by mid-March). Sizing Charts for Plastic Clothing (jersey), Kauai Bikini (sports bra), and Sockwa (sand socks).

Fall Season: (Aged 11-18) Team Fees: $300 per player. Includes all practices, 3 tournament entries, and TMP Team Shirt.

online registration

Beach Littles Fall Season: (Aged 6-10) $150 per player. Includes 7 practices and TMP Team Shirt. (We use a lower net, same ball, and our goal is to get the next generation excited about playing volleyball outdoors).

Payment Options: To pay via credit card, use register now button below.  Second option for Summer would be to pay via check $275.00 by April 15th with the remaining $250.00 due by May 15th.   Tournament fees are separate, they range from $50-$80 per team or $25-$40 per player and are paid to the director of the tournament. Some tournaments require a membership, please contact TMP Staff before purchasing. The fall season is a payment in full by August 10th.

For additional tournaments on different dates in the Twin Cities, visit, SAVA, Surface VBC, or Vital Sand. Additional out-of-state national events, AVP Nationals and Zonal Championships  or Beach Volleyball National Events.

Click here for frequently asked questions or if you are interested in playing for our club or contact Stephen at 612-741-0982 or email at cs@themccarthyproject.com.

TMP Beach Clinics and Tournaments

Tournaments: One day tournaments for juniors events are sanctioned by BVNE. Junior Events include age groups U14, U16, and U18. Each BVNE event is a national qualifier to the Kauai Bikini National Championships in July 2021.

BVNE ProjectU Virtual Showcase Beach Showcase Tournaments: Up to 2 day events with a combination all games video-taped for coaches to review.

2021 Event Schedule:

Weekend Events:
January 23rd BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #1, Thee Beach at Bishop, Tampa, FL
February 20th BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #2, Thee Beach at Bishop, Tampa, FL
March 20th BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #3, Thee Beach at Bishop, Tampa, FL
June 19th-20th BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #1, Riverside Park, Rockford, MN
June 26th-27th BVNE ProjectU Open: Tournament #2, Riverside Park, Rockford, MN
July 17th BVNE ProjectU Open: Lake City Tournament, Lake City, MN
October 23rd-24th Get Noticed Beach Volleyball ProjectU Open Virtual Showcase Thee Beach at Bishop, Tampa, FL

Week Night Events:
July 12th BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #1, Antlers Park, Lakeville, MN
July 20th BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #2, Antlers Park, Lakeville, MN
August 3rd BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #3, Riverside Park, Rockford, MN
August 10th BVNE ProjectU Open Tournament #4, Riverside Park, Rockford, MN

TMP Beach Volleyball Locations:

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School
13651 Hays Rd
Spring Hill, FL 34610

Wirth Lake Beach
3275 Glenwood Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Santa Monica Beach
1200 PCH
Santa Monica, CA
Located right in front of Perry’s Cafe on the beach.

Lake City Beach Courts: Peters Park
Between County Rd 9 & W Marion St, south of Cross St
Lake City, MN

For additional information on our beach volleyball tournaments, call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Thoughts on Injury Prevention in Volleyball

The sport of volleyball is on the rise and there are more and more youth participating at younger ages. As the number of participants increase, so does the number of injuries. According to the NCAA, the knee and ankle are of the most common body parts injured in the sport of volleyball. Of all of the skills involved within the sport, attacking or spiking has been found to have the greatest risk of lower leg injuries because of poor control of mechanics during jumping/landing. With the growth of the sport and the number of hours spent participating, it is important to establish an exercise prevention program in order to decrease the risk of jumping and landing injuries. Neuromuscular/balance training and glute strengthening have been found to be one of the best additions to any injury prevention program. Incorporating this type of training into volleyball movements just 15 minutes a day can successfully decrease the risk of ankle and knee injuries. Below is a list of 10 exercises that can be used to optimize lower extremity injury prevention.

Functional Balance and Jumping Progression
1. Jumping off 2 feet and landing on one foot
2. Forward, backwards and sideways jumping and landing on one foot
3. Approach jump landing on both feet and one foot
4. Block jump landing on both feet and one foot

Glute Strengthening Progression
1. Isometric glute activation against the wall
2. Single leg hip abduction on Airex foam pad
3. Side stepping/monster walks with resistance band
4. Forward lunges
5. Loaded squats

Incorporating a multifaceted program that includes both glute strengthening and balance/jump training can significantly lower the risk of injury. It is important that when implementing these movements that proper biomechanics are used.

Dylan Moen, DPT, PT, ATC, Orthology

If you have any questions or would like help implementing this regimen into your training schedule don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our physical therapists at any of our Orthology locations or call 763-315-0466.

AVPNext and AVPFirst Duluth on Fox and ABC News

The AVP Next and AVP First tournaments are coming to Duluth, MN! Check out these interviews that our hosts at Skyline Lanes did with Fox21 and ABC 10/13 Duluth!

1. Fox21 Duluth on May 8, 2018 with Natalie Froistad

2017 AVPNext in Otsego, MN

Our hosts, Corey Kolquist and Megan Bell of Skyline Lanes, had the opportunity to talk with Fox21 about the AVP tournament being held later this month in Hermantown. Click here for Corey and Megan’s appearance on Fox21.

2. ABC 10/13 Duluth:  For the entire interview on ABC, click here

ABC News Press Release: Duluth, MN: Volleyball players are taking over Skyline Lanes in Hermantown later this month for a pair of AVP tournaments. AVP is a US professional beach volleyball league that features elite players from all over the country.

The AVPFirst tournament is on Saturday, May 26. Age divisions here include 14U, 16U, and 18U. General Manager of Skyline Lanes, Cory Kolquist, says The best young players from around our region and down in the Twin Cities are among those registered to compete.

Then, on Sunday, May 27, the AVPNext tournament will take place. AVP says this is where elite amateur players earn qualification points as well as an opportunity to earn professional points. Teams of two will square off against each other. There will be a Men’s and Women’s Open division.

For more information about these events, check out the AVP First Duluth and AVP Next Duluth pages.

We’re excited to bring beach volleyball to Duluth!

UCLA Bruins Win 2018 National Championship

NCAA Beach Volleyball Tournament: UCLA Bruins, 2018 National Champions!

UCLA Sprint to 2018 National Beach Championship

By Stephen McCarthy, Prepvolleyball.com

Gulf Shores, AL: UCLA’s all-around game proves too much for Florida State Seminoles’ power. UCLA cruises to the their first NCAA Beach National Championship.

In the day’s first match, UCLA narrowly escaped from a tenacious and determined Hawaii team. With UCLA leading 2-1, Hawaii needed a set win on court 2 to stay alive. Lea Monkhouse and Morgan Martin of Hawaii delivered a 25-23 win. After the final set point, the entire crowd sprinted to court 3 to see if UCLA would advance or Hawaii would extend the match. UCLA came from 9-5 down to even the 3rd set at 11, but Hawaii closed out the match to even the dual at 2 a piece. Attention turned back to the court 2 third set, the winner would advance to the finals. UCLA’s Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil took 8 of the final 12 points to win the match and the dual for UCLA.

The finals match was a showcase of UCLA’s offensive and defensive skills from the start. UCLA jumped out to a quick lead to neutralize Florida State’s big home court advantage. UCLA continued to keep the pressure up on every court with Florida State never seeming to gain any momentum. In the end, UCLA finished off Florida State in classic beach volleyball style; creative and aggressive shot-making and great athletic touches on defense.

Top Pair of the Tournament:
1. UCLA: Nicole and Megan McNamara, The combination of tough jump serves, running the option offense to perfection, and gritty defense lead the Bruin’s match after match. During the entire weekend, the twins did not make many unforced errors and when another pair challenged them, they responded with a great touch, a big serve, or a creative attack to turn the match in their favor.

NCAA Beach Volleyball Tournament: Day 2

Hawaii and Florida State Go toe to toe.

By Stephen McCarthy, Prepvolleyball.com

Gulf Shores, AL: The intensity of Day 2 at Gulf Shores started as soon as California rivals USC and Pepperdine squared off in the first match, in which, USC prevailed and eliminated the number two seed Pepperdine. After being upset in Day 1, UCLA returned to the court with an edge and moved quickly past LSU and USC on the day. But the dual of the day was Florida State and Hawaii took the courts. With the help a raucous home crowd, Florida State took 3 of 4 third sets to win the dual and punch their ticket to the finals.

With Tallahassee a short 3 hour drive from Gulf Shores, AL, the atmosphere was decidedly pro-Florida State. A slow start by Hawaii in 4 out of the 5 matches made it look and sound like it would be a blowout, but Hawaii rode out the crowd and took a small lead into the second sets. The tables continued to turn in Hawaii’s favor as Hawaii traded set wins and winning one match. With four of the five matches going three and the FSU faithful sprinting from court to court to court to watch the third sets. It came down to a windy court 5, Madison Fitzpatrick and Francesca Goncalves of FSU prevailed 15-12 to advance the team, 3-2 to the finals. With the loss, Hawaii-UCLA will play for a chance to play FSU in the finals.

Top Pairs of the Day:
1. UCLA: Nicole and Megan McNamara, It is not that they win, it is how they win. The pair show a big serve to win points, come back with big touches and great sets to unleash an array of creative attack shots that, more times than not, land in their intended spot. A unique pair of creative young players and the best team in the tournament.

2. USC: Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina, decidedly improved from Day 1. Abril played with an injured hand and the pair blistered LSU and UCLA with power and solid defense. In second match, Abril and Tina went toe-to-toe with the McNamara’s. The match ended all square, 17-17 in the third set, when the match was called as UCLA advanced to the next round.

2018 NCAA Beach Volleyball Tournament: Day 1

By Stephen McCarthy, Prepvolleyball.com

Gulf Shores, AL: Day 1 Action at the 2018 NCAA Beach Championships was a combination of great weather, top teams in the nation and one of the best beach volleyball venues in the United States. The top seeds won their first round duals easily. The first upset of the day occurred when Florida State broke top-seeded UCLA’s 30 dual win streak in a very close match and then number two seed Pepperdine lost to three seed Hawaii, 3-2.

The day started under sunny skies and gusts of wind up to 15 mph off the Gulf of Mexico. Each of the 8 teams played an opening round with the top four seeds winning each of their duals. In the winners bracket, Florida State controlled the match from the beginning, taking 4 of the 5 first sets from UCLA. UCLA stood up and started to mount a comeback that was too little, too late, they had dug a hole too deep to overcome. Hawaii and Pepperdine’s dual was much different. Hawaii made the initial move in the first sets, but Pepperdine clawed back to win 3 of the 5 first sets. During the second sets, Hawaii turned the tables and won 2 of the 3 matches with courts 4 and 5 going to a third set. Ultimately, Hawaii’s Paige Dreeuws and Hannah Zalopany prevailed 15-13 in the third to win the dual for Hawaii.

Top Pairs of the Day:
1. Hawaii: Ka’iwi Schucht and Emily Maglio, a traditional beach volleyball pair of a big blocker/big power and a great defender. They ground out points with great touches and used the big power when they needed it most. They won both of their matches against South Carolina and Pepperdine.
2. UCLA: Nicole and Megan McNamara, controlled both of their matches with their all-around game. Their great ball control and setting, the occasional big hit and crafty scoring defeated Florida International and Florida State.
3. Pepperdine: Deahna Kraft and Corinne Quiggle, outside of losing a highly contested match against Hawaii’s top pair, Deahna and Corrine won their first match in convincing fashion with their trademark efficient play. They continually had outstanding touches on defense, which lead to scoring at a high level. In the end, a couple unforced errors at the wrong time cost them the match against Hawaii.

2018 NCAA Beach Volleyball Tournament: Preview

By Stephen McCarthy, PrepVolleyball.com

Gulf Shores, AL: “Sweet Home Alabama” rings true. The top teams in the nation will be making the annual trek to the NCAA Beach Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama the first week of May. Since 2012, the white sand shores of the Gulf of Mexico have hosted the NCAA tournament, and before the AVCA National Championships. From a pool of 69 NCAA programs, the top 8 teams were selected by the NCAA selection committee to compete in a double-elimination tournament the first week of May to crown the 2018 championship team. This years teams include: UCLA, Pepperdine, Hawaii, Florida International, Florida State, USC, South Carolina, and Louisiana State.

The Early Favorites:

UCLA: They have earned the top seed for the first time in their history and are on a 30 match win streak that includes every team in the field. Outside of USC, they have consistently been one of the top 3 teams in the nation and look poised to take the championship this year. The team is a combination of talent and experience with one of their top players, Elise Zappia, becoming the first Bruin player to reach 100 victories in their career. Interesting Fact: Their top team, Nicole and Megan McNamara, are twins and hail from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Pepperdine: Carrying a record of 24-3 with 2 of the 3 losses to top seed UCLA, Pepperdine may not have the athletes across the board like other teams, but they always know how to maximize their talents and compete with the best. Interesting Fact: After a legendary coaching career and her involvement in creating the college sport of beach volleyball, Nina Matthies, will be retiring after this season.

Hawaii: Head Coach Jeff Hall has the Sandbows on track to compete for Hawaii’s first beach volleyball championship. After a 5-3 start to the season, the Sandbows completed the season with 30 straight victories and won the Big West Conference Championship. In head to head duals with UCLA, they are 2-1. Interesting Fact: Coach Jeff Hall grew up in cold, snowy state of Minnesota.

Stephen’s Picks:
Hawaii and UCLA in the championship with a Hawaii victory, 3-2.