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Mar 05 2012 Beach Junior Tour to Hit 17 States

March 05, 2012, 5:35 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 5, 2012) – The 2012 edition of the USA Beach Junior Tour will be the largest national beach volleyball tour ever, featuring 26 events in 17 states.

Starting in April with the inaugural Aloha Open in Waikiki, Hawaii, the tour for boys’ and girls’ beach volleyball teams (no co-ed teams) ages 10-18 will travel across the United States over 11 weekends, culminating with the USA Beach Junior Tour Championships to be held at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, Wis.

New in 2012 will be the launch of USA Volleyball’s Beach Junior Rankings, which are scheduled to debut on April 1. Junior beach players will be able to keep track of their progress against players and teams from around the country.

“The 2012 London Games are sure to bring beach volleyball to the forefront of sports this summer. We are pleased to offer the Beach Junior Tour as a way for girls and boys to get involved and play an Olympic sport,” USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said. “We believe the Beach Junior Rankings will add tremendous interest and another great benefit to competing in the 2012 tour.”

A record 21 different USA Volleyball regions are participating in this year’s tour. New events for 2012 are the previously mentioned Aloha Open (Waikiki, Hawaii), Lone Star Open (Austin, Texas), Gulf Coast Open (new location in Pensacola, Fla.), Rocky Mountain Open in Aurora, Colo., and a new location for the East Coast Open in Hampton, N.H.

“We are glad to be able to continue to expand the number of tour events during this Olympic year and look forward to awarding championship bid invitations at each official Open tour stop. Bids are awarded to the top three placing teams in each age division. These bids are the exclusive invitation to playing in the Open Championships in Milwaukee,” said tour director Rick Schanz of the Elevation Group.

“We had a great response to the championship bids in 2011 with 115 teams accepting and playing in the open division championships. We had a total of 200 teams playing in the bid and national divisions at the 2011event, making it the largest ever USA Beach Junior Tour Championship to date. We anticipate even greater representation and tougher competition in 2012 with the growth and start of the NCAA sand game.”

The USA Beach Junior Tour focuses on competition and fun in a healthy environment. Players officiate their own matches and the events foster a friendly environment among competitors.

The tour is sponsored by longtime partner Spalding King of the Beach volleyballs, and the newest sponsor Voolii Lifestyle (www.vooliiboom.com ). USA Volleyball sanctions the tour. It is produced and operated by the Elevation Group in cooperation with USAV and the USAV regions.

Event registration will be open on March 15 and posted at usavolleyball.org.

2012 Events Schedule*

Updated 2/16/12 Dates Name Location Region

1

April 21 Aloha Open Waikiki, Hawaii Aloha

2

April 29 Desert Open Phoenix (Glendale), Ariz. Arizona

3

May 19 Texas Open Galveston, Texas Lone Star

4

May 19-20 Carolina Open Raleigh, N.C. Carolina

5

June 2-3 San Diego Open U.S. OTC, Chula Vista, Calif. Southern California

6

June 2-3 Mid-South Open Dallas, Texas North Texas

7

June 2 NorCal Open Santa Cruz, Calif. Northern California

8

June 9 Great Plains Open Omaha, Neb. Great Plains

9

June 9 Crossroads of the West Open Salt Lake City, Utah Intermountain

10

June 10 Siesta Key Classic Siesta Key, Fla. Florida

11

June 16 North Coast Open Chicago, Ill. Great Lakes

12

June 16 Gulf Coast Open Pensacola, Fla. Gulf Coast

13

June 17 (Sun) Central Open Milwaukee, Wis. Badger

14

June 23 Heart of America Open S. Kansas City, Kan. Heart of America

15

June 24 (Sun) Lone Star Open Austin, Texas Lone Star

16

June 23 East Coast Hampton, N.H. New England

17

June 24 (Sun) Great Lakes Open Rochester, N.Y. Western Empire

18

June 30 Ohio Valley Open Cincinnati, Ohio Ohio Valley

19

July1 (Sun) Fort Lauderdale Classic Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Florida

20

July 1 (Sun) Western Open Seattle, Wash. Puget Sound

21

July 7 Rocky Mountain Open Aurora, Colo. Rocky Mountain

22

July 7 Pacific Open Seaside, Ore. Columbia Empire

23

July 8 SoCal Open Hermosa, Calif. Southern California

24

July 14 Hawkeye Open Des Moines, Iowa Iowa

25

July 28-29 USA Beach Junior Tour Championship Milwaukee, Wis. Badger Region

26

Aug. 10-11 Pacific Record Challenge Seaside, Ore. Columbia Empire

*NOTE ALL Dates & locations subject to change. Please check the USA Volleyball web site or usabeach.org for updates and more details.

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