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USA Beach to Hold International Tourney Qualifiers

Feb. 02, 2009, 1:47 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2009) – USA Volleyball has announced that it will host two International Development Qualifiers (IDQs), which are tournaments to identify elite beach athletes for entry into select international events and other USAV High Performance Beach Programs.

Teams that finish IDQ events among the top four will get the opportunity to represent the United States in select FIVB and NORCECA events.

“We are trying to get more U.S. players competing internationally,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USA Volleyball’s director of beach programs. “We are happy that the AVP is working with us to make this happen.”

The AVP will grant dispensation to athletes in good standing individually ranked below a certain mark (pending an AVP final decision) in order to compete in conflicting FIVB and NORCECA events.

The IDQs will take place March 15 and June 27-28 at Marina Green Park, 700 East Shoreline Drive in Long Beach, Calif. The cost is $30 per person per event and a Mikasa FIVB ball will be used. The event format will be pool play with a double-elimination playoff.

The events are open to all beach athletes. Contracted AVP athletes must confirm eligibility based on rank with the AVP prior to the competition. AVP rank is at date of registration.

All participants must hold a valid U.S. passport, be a member in good standing of USA Volleyball and may not be currently registered as a member of another country’s volleyball federation.

To register, go to www.regonline.com/usavbeach.

EVENT DETAILS Event: International Development Qualifiers (IDQ) Beach Tournament
Dates: March 15 and June 27-28 (both open AVP weekends)
Location: Marina Green Park, 700 E Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, Calif.
Cost: $30 per person, per event (register as a team)
Ball: Mikasa FIVB ball
Level: Open to all beach athletes, (contracted AVP athletes must confirm eligibility based on rank with the AVP prior to competition.  AVP rank is at date of registration.)
Seeding: FIVB, AVP, NORCECA and CBVA points will be considered
Format: Two days. Pool play with double elimination play-off
Registration: www.usavolleyball.org (Coming Soon!)

** All participants MUST hold a valid US passport, be a member in good standing of USA Volleyball, and NOT be currently registered as a member of another country’s volleyball federation.

March 15: Event will determine teams entered in the Main Draw of the following NORCECA events: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Manzanillo, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Pachuca, Mexico; Veracruz, Mexico; Jamaica; Toronto, Canada.  Event will determine teams entered in available qualifier slots for the following FIVB events: Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; Japan; Korea (men); Poland (women); Russia* Grand Slam

*Grand Slam- must have FIVB points to be eligible

June 27-28:  Event will determine teams entered into the Main Draw of the following NORCECA events:   Trinidad & Tobago; Nicaragua.  Event will determine teams entered in available qualifier slots for the following FIVB events:  Poland; Kristiansand, Norway; Finland; Netherlands; Roseto, Italy (men)

Additional events, including FIVB Satellite and Challengers, will be added as they are announced.  FIVB events available subject to changed based on AVP final schedule.

FIVB WORLD TOUR EVENTS:

Teams that attend an FIVB World Tour, Challenger, or Satellite event will represent the USA in the selected FIVB Qualifier.  There will be no USAV funding for these events.  Teams that make the FIVB Main Draw will have hotel and meals provided by the promoter along with guaranteed prize money. Players must organize and purchase their own airfare as well as hotel and meals during the qualifier (see FIVB website www.fivb.org for money and point breakdown).  FIVB Qualifiers generally take place on Tuesday or Wednesday, with the Main Draw Thursday-Sunday.

NORCECA BEACH CIRCUIT:

Teams that attend a NORCECA event will represent the USA in the selected NORCECA Main Draw.  There will be a stipend of $200 per player for these events for airfare.  Room, local transportation and meals will be provided by the promoter.  Players must organize and purchase their own airfare.  Advertised prize money for NORCECA tour events is $10,000/event. (See NORCECA website www.norceca.org for money breakdown).  NORCECA events take place Thursday-Sunday, and athletes are required to stay until the award ceremony.

2009 NORCECA BEACH CIRCUIT:

March 25-30: Cayman Islands (no qualifier, team selected by FIVB and AVP points)
April 1-6: Guatemala (no qualifier, team selected by FIVB and AVP points)
April 8-13: Dominican Republic
May 13-18: Manzanillo, Mexico
May 20-25: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 27-June 1: Pachuca, Mexico
June 24-29: Jamaica
July 15-19: Trinidad and Tobago
Aug. 26-31: Nicaragua

For more details go to: www.norceca.org

2009 FIVB (EVENTS CONFLICT WITH AVP):

April 28-May 3: Shanghai, China
April 12-17: Rome, Italy (men)
May 20-24: Osaka, Japan
May 25-27: Seoul, Korea (men)
May 25-27: Myslowice, Poland (women)
July 14-19: Moscow, Russia GRAND SLAM*
Aug. 4-9: Stare Jablonki, Poland
Aug. 11-16: Kristiansand, Norway
Aug. 25-30: The Hague, Netherlands
Sept. 2-6: Roseto, Italy (men)

For more details go to: www.fivb.org

*Must have necessary prior FIVB points to be eligible for entry to FIVB Grand Slams

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