USAV Announces Dates for 2012 Beach IDQs

Feb. 22, 2012, 12:05 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2012) – USA Volleyball has announced that it will host two International Development Qualifier (IDQ) tournaments to identify elite beach athletes for entry into select NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour international competitions.

Teams that finish IDQ events in first or second place will have the opportunity to represent the United States in specific NORCECA (North and Central American and Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Tour international events.

“The NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour is stepping up its commitment to the beach game, and it is imperative for USAV to do the same within NORCECA,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USA Volleyball’s director of beach programs. “Our goal is to identify U.S. athletes with elite international potential and to use the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour as preparation for the FIVB World Tour.” 

IDQ events are open to all U.S. athletes who hold a U.S. passport or U.S. citizenship and have not represented another country in the last two years or are not currently registered as a member of another country’s volleyball federation.

The first IDQ will take place March 24-25 at the USA Volleyball Beach Center at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The second IDQ on June 16-17 is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles County, with the specific beach to be announced in the coming weeks.

The entry fee for each event is $60/athlete and all participants must have a current USAV membership. The Molten NORCECA ball will be used. The main draw is limited to 40 total teams for the IDQ event in Chula Vista, with a single-elimination qualifier the Friday afternoon preceding, if necessary, deciding the last four main draw teams. Teams in the qualifier will be notified Tuesday before the event.

Main draw competition format will be full match pool play with a single-elimination playoff.

IDQ EVENT DETAILS: International Development Qualifiers (IDQ) Beach Tournaments
Date for IDQ No. 1: March 24-25, Chula Vista, Calif.
Date for IDQ No. 2: June 16-17, L.A. County, Calif. (site TBD)
Cost: $60/athlete
Ball: Molten BV5000 (NORCECA ball)
Level: Open to all US beach athletes ages 16 and older
Seeding: USAV National Ranking will be utilized 
Format: Two day with full match play. Pool play with single elimination play-offs
Registration: Registration is online only. Both athletes must register separately.
Registration Deadline for IDQ No. 1: Monday March 19, 2012 - 11:59 p.m. PT
Registration Deadline for IDQ No. 2: Monday June 11, 2012 - 11:59 p.m. PT

To register, click the link for the specific event:

IDQ No. 1 March 24-25, Chula Vista OTC. Women’s Registration Link.
IDQ No. 1 March 24-25, Chula Vista OTC. Men's Registration Link.
IDQ No. 2 June 16-17. Women’s Registration Link. (open March 31)
IDQ No. 2 June 16-17. Men's Registration Link. (open March 31)

For more information, visit the IDQ page on the USA Volleyball web site.