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.

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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.