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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 5, 2012) – USA Volleyball has announced that it will hold the second of two 2012 International Development Qualifiers (IDQ) tournaments on June 16-17 at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey, Calif.
IDQs identify elite beach athletes for entry into select NORCECA (North and Central American and Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Tour international competitions.
The men’s and women’s teams that win will qualify for the NORECA beach volleyball events in Trinidad & Tobago (Oct. 12-14) and Antigua (Oct. 19-21). The second-place teams qualify for Puerto Rico (Nov. 9-11).
“The NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour is stepping up their commitment to the beach game, and it is imperative for USAV to do the same within NORCECA,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USA Volleyball 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 entry fee is $60 per 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 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 Tournament
When and Where: June 16-17 at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, Calif.
Ball: Molten BV5000 (NORCECA ball)
Level: Open to all U.S. 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 playoffs
Registration: Registration is online only. Both athletes must register separately.
Registration Deadline: Monday June 11, 2012 – 11:59 p.m. PT
To register click the link for the specific event:
IDQ PRIZES: The men’s and women’s teams that win will qualify for the NORECA beach volleyball events in Trinidad & Tobago (Oct. 12-14) and Antigua (Oct. 19-21). The second-place teams qualify for Puerto Rico (Nov. 9-11).
Lodging, meals, and local travel during events will be paid by the NORCECA promoter. USAV will provide a $600 per event travel stipend to each athlete of the USA’s #1 team, to be paid after the completion of the event. USAV may also provide a $600 travel stipend to the team’s certified coach or licensed medical staff member.
In addition to the above, for each IDQ a prize money purse based on 40% of entry fees will be paid out to the top two teams. Additional prizes of USA Beach officially licensed apparel and other items will be awarded to the top four teams. All competitors will receive USAV ranking point based on their IDQ finish.
NORCECA EVENTS: Athletes must organize and purchase their own airfare. Advertised prize money for NORCECA tour events is $10,000/event. (See the NORCECA Beach web site for prize money breakdown and event regulations). Typically NORCECA events take place Thursday-Sunday, athletes are required to arrive Wednesday evening, attend the award ceremony on Sunday and depart Monday morning.
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