Point Program (earn points for practice/tournaments to get end of year prizes/awards)
Exclusive GCVA Beach Team Gear for practices and Tournaments which includes: Mizuno Beach Gear, Vincere Sand Sox, GCVA Practice Shirts, , (Gear value $250).
Entry Fees for GCVA Beach Series from May 12 - July 14 ($250 Value) (for most tournaments, see below)
Entry Fee for the Lone Star Beach Regionals (TBD)
Entry Fee for the National Beach Qualifier (If there is a Qualifier in Tx. this year)
A shared Coach for all the USAV Qualifiers
NOTE: Players are not required to attend tournaments, however the tournaments are FREE and included in the program. East Beach does have a parking fee (per car) and also has some FREE parking at the Gate. FYI: Beach passes are available and are good at all City Beach Parks (come and go as you wish for one price).
GCVA Director - Vic Cliffird (832-928-4120) firstname.lastname@example.org
GCVA Beach Team Director - Travis Clifford (832-316-0323) email@example.com
Practices are Thursday from 7-9pm at the League City Sports Complex.
Coaches have 10+ years experience playing sand. Head Coaches are USAV Beach Impact and BCAP Certified. We have a very good coach to player ratio!
GCVA Tournament will be on the weekends. (FREE entry for most tournaments inclucing all USAV Junior Beach Tour National Qualifiers hosted by GCVA)
*GCVA Beach Team Program Had 86 Players In 2017*
We had 10 Players Qualify for USAV Beach Nationals
Each player must be registered with USA Volleyball Lone Star Region (outdoor memberships are $25 payable to USAV/LSR). If you are all ready a USAV/LSR member we just need your USAV#, indoor memberships are GOOD for outdoor volleyball.
FOR USAV BEACH, players can play with any club. Club does not matter, anyone can play as long as they are usav members.
Teams - Players sign up individually, however they can select a partner or we can pair them with an appropriate competitive partner. If your daughter has a preference as to who she partners with, these recommendations can be made on the registration form or at the start of the program. Please understand that just because two players are good friends does not always mean they are good sand partners.
We are scheduling a Player/Parent Meeting for Thursday May 10th at the League City Sports Complex (Starts at 7PM).
Start Date: Practice Begins Thursday May 10
First Tournament is Saturday May 12th
Last Tournamet is Saturday July 14
Rainout Dates July 19 - (If we have more than two rainouts)
Season is over Thursday July 19 with Pizza Party and Awards Cermony or July 20 if we use rainout dates.
Please note that the U.H. Fundraiser tournamnet is NOT a free tournament (all entry fees go to U.H.) so everyone even Beach Team Plus Players must pay.
Sunfest is NOT a free tournamnet because we are not the promoters, just the tournament director.
Why Play Beach Volleyball?
Doubles provides the best in random, game-like volleyball experiences with a high number of contacts per person.
Each player's weaknesses are practiced throughout the game - if you're a bad passer, you get served; if you're a bad setter, you partner is served and you must set. You are forced to become a better player
To extend your range on defense as you are required to cover the entire court.
To develop communication skills with a single partner before moving on to a 6-person system.
To enhance strength and conditioning through increased movement.
To learn equal part in the responsibility of every play with your partner
Sand Volleyball is a NCAA Scholarship sport.
To be one of the best sand players you do not have to be one of the giant indoor players.
Whether it's on the beach or grass, 4-on-4 or 2-on-2, outdoor volleyball is a fun and effective way to gain valuable playing experience and to get an edge on other players. Play hard, play often and play outdoors to become a better all-around player. "A lot of indoor players are specialists, but on the beach you need to play all phases well, and you need a lot of ball control." – Karch Kiraly, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1984 and 1988 Indoor, 1996 Beach), Head Coach USA Women's Indoor National Team
Note From Travis Clifford
First off, I would like to say that my goal is for the growth of every athlete in the GCVA.
I believe that one way to see a drastic change in skill level is through beach volleyball. I grew up playing beach volleyball and have been competing since I was 8. The benefits are endless (Not to mention it is a College Sport Now :)))...
Tactical Adjustments • Self-coach during match • Offense & Defense • Plan B
Pull Self Out of Tank • No substitutions • No hiding • Refocusing • Simplify techniques • Execution under pressure
Pull Partner Out of Tank • No substitutions • No hiding • Supportive • Non-verbal communication
Mediation • Must work things out • Listening skills • Communication • Objective assessment
Teamwork Skills • Trust • Sharing responsibility • Working together
I really hope to see all of you on the beach this summer, working hard to improve their skills. Please go to http://www.gcva.net/content/outdoor-volleyball_junior-beach-team to learn more about the dates and times for the program. From this site you will be able to sign up! I would recommend the girls sign up with a partner.
I want to stress that I will have every opportunity available this summer for your daughter to become the best volleyball player she can be. I will provide as many opportunities as they can handle. I hope everyone takes advantage of this. I know many of the girls want to make the high school team and play in college and believe me, it is not easy! The first step in that direction is a passion to improve as a volleyball player. Here is one opportunity to improve.
Have a great day, and GO COAST!!
Travis Clifford/GCVA Beach Team Training Coordinator