USAV Announces Dates of Beach High Performance Tryouts

Feb. 05, 2009, 4:22 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800       

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 5, 2009) – USA Volleyball has announced its schedule for the 2009 Beach High Performance Tryouts (formerly known as the International Selection Camp), which are open to all beach athletes ages 14-25. 

Selected athletes will comprise the Youth or Under-19, Junior or Under-21, and A2 or Under-26 Beach National Teams representing the United States in international competitions and beach high performance camps. 

The FIVB U19 Beach World Championships are scheduled to be held Aug. 16-24 in Alanya, Turkey. The U21 Beach World Championships are scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 7 in Monterrey, Mexico. The dates and site of the U26 event have not yet been confirmed.

A training team of eight athletes for each event will be chosen. From that group, two teams per gender will be selected to travel to the event.

The tryouts will be led by USAV beach staff. Beach volleyball experience is a plus but not required. All athletes will receive a written evaluation to be mailed after the camp.  Athletes are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

Please note that international beach age classifications differ from USA Volleyball junior club age definitions and also from grade classifications of U.S. school systems.

A2 or U-26: Born between 1984-1988
Junior or U21: Born in 1989 and 1990
Youth or U19: Born in 1991 and after

To register, go to

Beach High Performance Tryout Dates and Information

Date  Location  Time Gender
April 6 Long Beach, Calif. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Both
May 15-17 Siesta Key, Fla. Click here for special notice Both
May 23 Long Beach, Calif. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Girls
May 24 Long Beach, Calif. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Boys
May 30-31 Muskegon, Mich.** 5/30 8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m. Both (age 14-18)
May 31 Muskegon, Mich. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Both (age 18-25)
June 7 Long Beach, Calif. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Both

** Michigan tryout is built around the AAU indoor event.  If you are participating in the AAU event, please e-mail as soon as you have your club schedule for Saturday to let us know which beach tryout shift you will attend.  You are then invited back to an optional beach scrimmage day on Sunday May 31, any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  If you are not participating in the AAU indoor event, you are welcome to come to both shifts.

Participants: U.S. citizens, ages 14-25 years
Cost: $65
Registration: Online by 5 p.m. the Wednesday before each event
Walk-up registration accepted on a space-available basis, plus $50 late entry fee
Web site: (registration available soon!)
Please bring: Completed USAV membership form if not already a member (club players/coaches = already a member)*
Medical release form* with parent/guardian signature (if under 18)
*All forms will be available on registration site
Details: Beach experience a plus but not required. All athletes will receive a written evaluation to be mailed after the camp.  Athletes are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.  Athletes under 18 requiring overnight accommodations must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Room rates and shuttle service may be arranged as needed by the local promoter. Details posted as they become available. Check the web site for information or e-mail:  

2009 FIVB Youth and Junior World Championships Information (dates include travel days)

Under-19 Event: Aug 16-24, Alanya, Turkey
Under-21 Event: Aug 30-Sept. 7, Monterrey, Mexico
Under-26 Event: TBD upon release of FIVB Satellite and Challenger Schedule
Athletes Selected: Eight-person training team of which four will travel per age/per gender
Event Info:

High Performance Holiday Camp

The Beach High Performance Holiday Camp for invited elite level athletes who excel at the Beach High Performance Tryouts will be held at The Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. on Dec. 28-30.  Ages 14-20.  Details to be confirmed.

For NCAA student-athletes: The Beach High Performance Tryouts, USAV-sanctioned Beach National Team tryouts, are in compliance with NCAA regulations. Refer questions to your institution’s compliance counselor who may call the NCAA membership services interpretation hotline with questions.

NCAA athletes are required to inform their head coach that they are attending the tryouts in advance. If selected for a National Team event, NCAA athletes must receive proper clearance from their university’s athletic department no fewer than 45 days prior to departure if the event conflicts with any academic or athletic dates. 

Athletes who are attending the tryouts for training purposes only, and are unable to attend the FIVB World Championship events if selected, should make this known upon registration.

USAV Beach Programs
222 N. Sepulveda, Suite 2000
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (310) 364-5214
Fax: (310) 364-5213. 
Beach Programs Admin Asst: Stephen Caselli
Head Coach of Beach Jr. National Team: Danalee Bragado-Corso
USAV Director of Beach Programs: Ali Wood Lamberson

(Selection Procedures will be available at 30 days before the tryout event.)